Claudia Rankine

By Barbara Rea on September 22, 2015 in Fall 2015, Social Justice / No Comments

Claudia Rankine’s book of prose poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, is about as timely a study on what it means to be an African American living in a white world can be. On Monday, Sept. 21, Rankine, author of Washington University’s First Year Reading Selection, Citizen: An American Lyric, will discuss her work and read passages from her book at 7 p.m. in Graham Chapel.

Meghan Daum

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

Meghan Daum writes about serious matters, but that doesn’t mean her novels, essays and columns are depressing. Rather, they show the heartbreak and the humor of real life in all its complicated glory. For example, in her newest collection, “The Unspeakable,” she writes about her feelings of kinship with lesbians, how it feels to live […]

Paul Farmer

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Social Justice

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.” This statement from physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer serves as shorthand for the mission statement of Partners In Health (PIH), the organization he helped found three decades ago to advance the belief that health is a human right. […]

Jay Winter

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

“In many ways, (the Armenian genocide) shows that the old idea that war is politics by other means is outdated in the 20th century. War is hatred by other means. And in this case, hatred means extermination. The First World War was the biggest war ever to date. The Second World War was bigger still. […]

Ronald Simpson-Bey & John Chisholm “Redefining Justice in America”

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

The keynote event for the Brown School’s Smart Decarceration Initiative will feature two individuals who are making a positive impact on prison reform. In 1986, Ronald Simpson-Bey was convicted of assault with intent to murder and was locked away to serve a life sentence. Twenty-four years later, thanks in part to his own legal research, […]

Anca Parvulescu

By Barbara Rea on September 18, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

Anca Parvulescu, professor of English with a joint appointment with the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH), used Hermann Hesse’s novel, Der Steppenwolf, as well as a contemporary video installation, to consider the role of laughter in modernity. In her talk, she raised the question of whether Hesse’s faith in the promise of laughter is a […]

Elisabeth Lloyd

By Barbara Rea on August 13, 2015 in Fall 2015, Science & Technology

Evolutionary biologist and historian of science Elisabeth Lloyd is author of The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution.