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Catching flux

May 15, 2013

Australian photographer Stephen Dupont has spent years documenting dissonance. Dupont began working in Papua New Guinea in 2004, spending time with the gangs of Port Moresby, the nation’s... Continue reading

‘Gangnam Style’ by the Yard

May 10, 2013

Every now and then a song sweeps the world, catapulting its singer into the stratosphere of super-fame. “Gangnam Style” is that kind of phenomenon, performed by South Korea’s Park Jae-sang, better... Continue reading

Boldly going to Houghton

May 10, 2013

The camera pans across the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, where Capt. James T. Kirk and his crew are under attack by an alien vessel firing deadly bolts of photon energy-plasma. As the ship’s... Continue reading

Pages out of time

May 9, 2013

Students, here’s today’s assignment: Write a paper that weaves together a slab of trilobite fossils, a Polaroid camera, a Bedouin coffee urn, and an 18th-century pocket watch the size of a duck... Continue reading

‘Forever free,’ with caveats

May 7, 2013

Scholars from three continents gathered at Harvard recently to parse the Emancipation Proclamation, the earthshaking 1863 executive order from the Lincoln White House that proclaimed all slaves in... Continue reading

Citizens United and beyond

May 3, 2013

Obert C. Tanner, a jewelry store magnate who grew up herding sheep in Utah, put himself through college in the 1920s by getting up early every morning to light furnace fires. He died in 1993, but... Continue reading

Oh, the humanities!

May 2, 2013

In 1979, federal grants for science were worth five times those for the humanities. By 1998, 33 times more. In 2011, 200 times more. Meanwhile, the number of American bachelor’s degrees in... Continue reading

Digitizing a movement

May 1, 2013

In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of petitions were sent to the Massachusetts Legislature asking lawmakers to abolish slavery and end segregation, and urging them to refuse to cooperate with... Continue reading

‘Pippin’ meets Tony

May 1, 2013

When artistic director Diane Paulus gave the classic “Pippin” a facelift for 2013-13 lineup of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), people took notice. How could they not? The sold-out... Continue reading

Making poetry sing

May 1, 2013

Tsitsi Jaji, the Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe, is fascinated by what songs can teach literary specialists about how to read poetry. She calls art songs — vocal compositions... Continue reading