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Anca Parvulescu: “Can Wolves Laugh?”

By Barbara Rea on October 6, 2015 in Humanities, Uncategorized

WashU English Professor Anca Parvulescu, who also holds a joint appointment with the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH), will use Hermann Hesse’s novel, “Der Steppenwolf,” as well as a contemporary video installation, to consider the role of laughter in modernity. In her talk...

Jennifer Eberhardt: “Visual Attention and Racial Bias”

By Barbara Rea on October 4, 2015 in Healthcare & Psychology

Psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt investigates how subtle racial biases are interpreted in the brain. Her research, conducted both in the laboratory and in the field, reveals the extent to which racial imagery, and subsequent judgments based on imagery, suffuse our culture and influence different a...

Jay Winter: “The Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide”

By Barbara Rea on October 4, 2015 in Social Justice

In many ways, (the Armenian genocide) shows that the old idea that war is politics by other means is outdated in the 20th century.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 stil...

Elisabeth Lloyd: “The Orgasm Debates”

By Barbara Rea on October 4, 2015 in Science

For decades, scientists have disagreed over the evolutionary purpose of the female orgasm. Because women don’t need to achieve orgasm to conceive, it doesn’t have the same adaptive significance as the male orgasm, which must occur for reproduction. Weighing in on this biological puzzle, evolution...

Truth in Writing

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in

Meghan Daum writes about serious matters, but that doesn’t mean her novels, essays and columns are depressing.

Christine Souffrant:

By Barbara Rea on September 17, 2015 in Entrepreneurship

When Christine Souffrant, a Haitian immigrant who grew up in a family of street vendors, saw how the earthquake of 2010 had devastated the vending trade, she created a company to digitize the industry and develop a global market. The successful result is Vendedy, Souffrant’s social enterprise dub...