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What does it mean to be human? We explore that question by creating and examining culture in its myriad forms and across disciplines: literature, media, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and much more.

Rochester historian Stewart Weaver, left, forages for medicinal plants with Michael Dorjee, a student at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Leh.

Stewart Weaver named Carnegie Fellow to support climate history study in Himalayas

Stewart Weaver has been selected as a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow to continue work on the project “Climate Witness: Voices from Ladakh”—an effort to preserve the rich culture and history of the locale and its people before it’s too late.

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Kyker and Chigamba.

Telling ‘Sekuru’s Stories’ through music, digital scholarship

Jennifer Kyker, an ethnomusicologist, with renowned performer of the Zimbabwean mbira, Sekuru Tute Chigamba tell the story of colonialism’s effect on generations.

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A small giant in world literature

Marking the 10th anniversary of its founding this year—with celebrations around the country—Open Letter is looking eagerly toward its next decade.

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Going beyond medieval times to explore early worlds

The Early Worlds Initiative, an interdisciplinary research project, at the University of Rochester aims to delve deeper into this complex and intriguing field.

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Just like a face, buildings have features algorithms can recognize

Peter Christensen, an art historian, explains how he uses ‘facial recognition’ to unlock architectural secrets.

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The mysterious aftermath of an infamous pirate raid

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pablo Sierra Silva seeks to recover the experiences of enslaved people during the 17th century.

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Randal Curren considers why sustainability matters

Sustainability is a well-worn term—but a hard one to define. It’s a “messy, murky concept,” says philosopher and chair of the philosophy department, Randall Curren.

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The Future of the Past

Textual scientist Gregory Heyworth recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time.

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Monastery in French Alps

New book reflects on visits to monastery

In Jennifer Grotz’s newest book of poetry, Window Left Open, she draws inspiration from her visits to the Monastère de Saorge in the French Alps.

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World AIDS Day poster

Looking back at the AIDS crisis

Douglas Crimp looks back on his role as one of the pioneers of scholarly research on the perception of the AIDS epidemic.

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Looking back at Japanese American internment

Joanne Bernardi organized a photo exhibition and lecture focusing on the Japanese-American experience during World War II.

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Emerging from the shadows

Kenneth Gross is the editor of a new book detailing the use of shadows in literature over time.

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