Review – Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

The Springfield Art Museum is hosting the penultimate stop of an important traveling exhibit “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.” It is rare for Springfield to host a significant exhibit by a major African American artist, so it is well worth the trip to the museum for the show. While Walker’s art is largely concerned with historical subject matter, this does not mean it lacks relevance to contemporary racial controversies. Walker’s art…

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How the Humanities Found Me at Drury

Given what has been happening on campus lately, I feel compelled to write about what the Humanities, here at Drury and in general, mean to me. As a child, I abhorred reading. I though it was a waste of time, so I never took the time to read like I should have. I regret having that attitude when I was younger, but I am glad I am finally catching up. During my junior and senior…

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Series: “The Importance of the Humanities” Post #3: Crimes Against Humanities

The third post in our ongoing series on The Importance of the Humanities opens a debate between The New Republic‘s literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, and Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Wieseltier’s position is that science is wonderful, but it plays within certain boundaries of knowledge. Pinker’s position is that we must not fear science because, after all, the sciences and the humanities are inextricably linked. Wieseltier’s article appears in…

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Saving the Humanities at Drury University

I’m sure everybody is well aware of the events going on here at Drury. Twelve faculty members will not get their contracts renewed at the end of this year or next year. Most of these faculty members specialize in the humanities, which means that many departments in the humanities are not going to receive as much attention as they used to. While all of this is going on, new classes in animation, graphic design, and…

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