Literature and Writing

Whiteness and Go Set a Watchman

The release of author Harper Lee's long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, has sparked controversy even before hitting the shelves. Central among these...

The Audacity of “I”

In defense of incorporating first-person into academic texts of all kinds.

The Poetry of ISIS: Is it Literature?

Drawing on images of beauty and atrocity alike, the poems of ISIS spark questions of how literature is defined.

Frederick Douglass Prize Winner will be the 2015-2016 Schaenen Scholar

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics is proud to announce that Christopher Hager will be the 2015-2016 Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics. Dr....

Destroying Medieval Books – And Why That’s Useful

By Erik Kwakkel This post was originally posted at Medieval Books, and is posted here with Dr. Kwakkel's permission.  Old furniture, broken cups, worn-out shoes and stinky mattresses:...
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The Peace of Wild Things – Poetry Reading

Joe Heithaus, professor of English at DePauw University, read several poems at The Campus Farm Dinner in October. Here he is reading a famous...

Literary Hazing “Ain’t” Ethical

That’s right. This post has the word “ain’t” in its title. So what? In a recent interview, Harvard University Professor of Psychology and celebrated writer, Stephen...

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Season 4 of the FX television series, "American Horror Story" just premiered this past Wednesday night with their newest season titled, "Freak Show".  Although...

Making the Case for Cursive

The introduction of technology in the classroom seems like a win-win situation, but psychologists and neuroscientists are hesitant to write handwriting off as a...

TheSkimm: Is “Reading the News” Overrated These Days?

"I really should read the news, but I _______". Insert excuse here. This might be a direct quote from myself this morning at breakfast. We'll admit...