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Can we trust forensic evidence?

Can we trust forensic evidence?

March 20, 2019

In the final lecture in this year’s Humanities Center series, UCLA law school dean Jennifer Mnookin discusses the troubling role faulty forensic science continues to play in the criminal justice system.

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Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

March 19, 2019

Professor Gregory Heyworth and his digital media students are using different wavelengths of light to reveal illegible text that could create a sacred, tangible link with Jewish congregations lost to the Holocaust.

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Turning the gears of an early modern search engine

Turning the gears of an early modern search engine

February 18, 2019

A collaboration between librarians and engineering students, the book wheel in Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a recreation of a 16th century design, solving the problem of needing access to multiple books at the same time.

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Philosopher Jennifer Lackey on why we’re so apt to believe confessions

Philosopher Jennifer Lackey on why we’re so apt to believe confessions

January 30, 2019

In the latest Humanities Center lecture on evidence and expertise, the director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program discusses how a confession can turn into a miscarriage of justice.

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Distinguished Visiting Humanist Hazel Carby dissects race and empire

Distinguished Visiting Humanist Hazel Carby dissects race and empire

January 23, 2019

In a variety of events during her visit to Rochester’s Humanities Center, the Yale historian unravels the complex processes of colonialism while tracing her family history through Jamaica, Wales, and England.

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Faculty earn NEH honors for religious history, art history research

Faculty earn NEH honors for religious history, art history research

December 12, 2018

Aaron Hughes and Peter Christensen have each been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grants.

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What is belief in a secular age?

What is belief in a secular age?

December 5, 2018

New books from Rochester scholars John Givens and John Michael examine the lives of iconic writers to ask what religious belief might look like in an age of science and secularism.

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‘Brave, kind, and modest’: Senior speechwriter remembers George H. W. Bush

‘Brave, kind, and modest’: Senior speechwriter remembers George H. W. Bush

December 1, 2018

Curt Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of English and speechwriter for George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, remembers the former president as a man who “embodied the way the world has historically seen America.”

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Empty high school becomes a playground for artists exploring memory, nostalgia

Empty high school becomes a playground for artists exploring memory, nostalgia

November 15, 2018

It has not been used as a high school for years, but the empty, Victorian-era building in Medina, New York, recently hosted a collaborative art project inspired by the fleetingness and permanence of memory.

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