February 9, 2018
In this episode, PhD student Dakota McCoy, who studies Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, asks why birds of paradise evolved to have brightly colored feathers. Then she asks an even bigger question: Why did some of these brightly colored birds also develop super-black feathers?
February 8, 2018
Witches and plucky girls, princesses and vampires: In fairy tales, at least, females have power. While feminism has long mined fables and folk tales for both archetypes and answers, filmmakers have done the same to create arresting heroines and...
January 25, 2018
Ewedihalew, yene konjo, ewedihalew yene fikir fikir fikir, yene fikir fikir fikir That lilting verse, though written in Amharic, would be familiar to the millions of American fans of the Canadian Grammy-winning R&B artist The Weeknd. Sung by a...
January 24, 2018
Catherine Hartmann was first exposed to Buddhism in a church Bible study group. “We were reading a book about other world religions and why they were wrong,” Hartmann says. According to the PhD candidate in the study of religion, the...
October 31, 2017
As Houghton Library turns 75, former and current GSAS students look back at the objects that inspired their research.
October 11, 2017
Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez vividly remembers what it was like in 1997 to hear legendary Louisiana isleños singer and wood carver Irvan Perez sing the décima, a creolized version of the traditional Spanish ten-line improvised narrative poem.
July 18, 2017
For non-historians, history can seem like an accounting of time. On this date, that happened, as though the true story of those who lived long ago can be gleaned from recorded events. But speak to those who study the past and the truth of history...
May 2, 2017
There was an old lady who sowed her extra seeds on deserted lands every spring…Whenever she was out in the village, I often found her carefully examining the surroundings to look for anything that could be potentially useful: each piece of land,...
March 16, 2017
Written above the door of Funlayo Wood’s office is the Yoruba proverb Iwa l’ewa , “character is beauty.” For those in the Yoruba religion Iwa l’ewa is more than just a proverb, it is their highest goal. Character,...
December 27, 2016
When it comes to the study of slavery in the Americas, Nicholas Rinehart often imagines the disciplines of literary studies and history as ships passing in the night. “They share similar concerns,” he says. “But literary scholars...

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