The Seventh Seal – An Essential Humanities Text

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This is a guest post from honors student Johan Englen. Death is a daily event across the planet. About one hundred eight people die each minute, yet we try not to think about it. A world consciously surrounded by death, fourteenth century Black Plague infested Sweden, is the setting for Ingmar Bergman’s classic work of cinema The Seventh Seal. The movie portrays Death as a black robbed figure. Death follows Antonius Block, a knight who has…

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Book Review: The Stranger, by Albert Camus

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is by far my favorite book.  I read it at least once a year, and even though it’s short and sparse, I get something new out of it every time. It’s hard to describe experiencing such an emotional reaction to The Stranger, because the book is starkly unemotional throughout.  Even the first sentence – “Mother died today” – is infamously callous.  But I can say unreservedly that The Stranger changed…

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What Can We Do? Talking About the Hard Stuff

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In a class this week while discussing the recent events in Paris and around the world, my professor posed a difficult question: what can we do? This sparked some heated debate and left me feeling deflated. For a moment I had this cynical mindset that there’s not much we can do, certainly not much I can do. Our world has some complex issues on its hands. Problems as far reaching as terrorism and human rights…

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Christmas in November?

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Everybody loves Thanksgiving, right? Getting to see family, eating lots of food, and, my personal favorite, watching football! For me Thanksgiving is a time to be with your family and to reflect on what you are thankful for. However, in the last few weeks on Facebook I’ve been seeing people talking about “saving Thanksgiving”. Not quite understanding what people meant by this, I decided to look into it. After Halloween is over many stores decide…

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