HEC Student Competition, First Place: Bre Legan on the film Her

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This spring, we held our first Humanities & Ethics Center Student Competition. We invited Drury students to submit a reflection, of no more than 300 words, on a record of the human experience that has affected them.   A “record” here could come from any of the following categories: books,  films, essays, historical objects, religious texts & objects,  artworks & digital media, languages and cultures, authors, philosophers, religious or historical figures, monuments, or memorials. During the…

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The Value of Public Libraries

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I grew up going to the library every week because at the rate I read books it was so much cheaper to go there than to buy new books. I want to be a librarian because I know how important libraries are and how important they were to me when I was little. Libraries are essential to a livable society and have been around for thousands of years. Libraries are where children learn to read…

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Where does the Mid-March Warning, “Beware the Ides of March,” Come From?

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I took Latin every year when I was in high school. I only needed two semesters of it, but I ended up taking four because I loved it so much. One of my favorite parts was learning about the culture and history of the Ancient Romans. This part of the class helped me discover that I wanted to study history in college. One of the most well-known figures in Roman history is Julius Caesar, partially…

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Tartans: A Woven History

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Contrary to what might be your first guess, a tartan scarf has nothing to do with tarts or with food. Instead, a tartan scarf is a woven material, generally of wool, having stripes of different colors and varying in breadth. While that sounds simple, their history is not, and it is one that intertwines with culture, politics, and even Scottish nationalism. While all tartans are plaid, but, not all plaids are tartan. On tartans, the pattern…

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