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Arts & Humanities

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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.

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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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Families according to Goethe

Susan Gustafson’s new book examines Johann Goethe’s view of families in his literary works.

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Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

Professor honored for scholarly contributions

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio was honored for her contributions to Italian studies, comparative literature, and fostering a dialogue among Italianists worldwide.

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A hometown’s history of slave trading

As an inaugural fellow of the Humanities Center, Pablo Sierra is documenting the history of slave trading in his hometown, Puebla de Los Angeles.

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Are prisons necessary?

Joshua Dubler has been awarded a Carnegie Fellowship to write a manuscript about whether prison needs to be a part of modern society. (Photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

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A professor’s new field

In order to better teach her students, Beth Jörgensen immersed herself in the writings of disability studies, and will co-edit a new anthology on the field. (Image: Japón (2002))

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MOON DWELLERS: A famous 1830s press hoax involved reports of bat-like people and other fanciful creatures supposedly seen on the moon by an astronomer. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Truth or hoax?

Joan Saab examined the relationship between seeing and believing as the inaugural presenter in the Nazerian Humanities Lectures at the Humanities Center.

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Theater students perform the climactic final scene of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma.

Curtain rises on new Institute for the Performing Arts

John Covach heads up a new initiative to make the performing arts and the humanities available to every student, whether on stage or in the audience.

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Rochester Lyric Opera Theatre

Unique space inspires art exhibit

Co-curated by Missy Pfohl Smith and Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge,Compartmented brought together 17 regional artists for two evenings filled with multi-media installations, dance, and performance art.

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Martian fascination

Jeffrey Tucker examines why the Red Planet continues to fascinate storytellers of all genres, and how science fiction can give readers a closer look at the present.

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Removing the filter on medieval chivalry

A new book by Richard Kaeuper looks at chivalry through a strictly medieval lens, without all the usual romanticism.

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Art, science combine to detect 'authorship' of historic structures

Peter Christensen is developing a tool that determines the characteristics of structures and objects throughout history, noting individuality and subtle differences while giving credit to the original creators.

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