Fine Arts

Photograph of a type writer with the words "Lil Nas X" having just been typed

Lil Nas X vs. Billboard: The Charting Conundrum of “Old Town...

Are the boundaries of genre serving to create divides based on race in the music industry? And how might Billboard be complicit?
The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris photographed in 2015 from the side

Cultural Value, Charitable Giving, and the Fire at Notre Dame

The fire at Notre Dame was a huge cultural event matched only by the outpouring of support from donations and social media posts in response. But shouldn't there be other things we support just as strongly?
Photograph of author Karl Ove Knausgard standing, holding a microphone, and reading from a book where the title "My Struggle" is visible

The Ethics of Telling All: What’s at Stake in Memoir Writing?

In memoir writing, where's the line between tell-all and telling too much?
Photograph of two women in dresses and a man on a stage with a Victoria's Secret pink background

Inclusion, Artistic Expression, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Inclusivity and diversity in fashion has been a topic of debate -- but what is that debate centered on?
Photograph of a Captain Marvel poster above a movie theatre entrance; the poster shows Brie Larson as Captain Marvel standing with a star and flashing lights behind her

Military Propaganda and Empowerment in Captain Marvel

Marvel's newest hit Captain Marvel was marketed with female empowerment in mind, but what about the heavy military message?
Photograph of a bookshelf of uniform "harvard classic" books; visible titles are Don Quixote and The Aeneid

Classics in the Era of Trump

Is it dangerous or productive to filter the Trump administration through the lens of classical studies?
J. Cole sitting at a signing table shaking the hand of a fan

Is J. Cole the Savior of Hip-Hop?

Hip-hop has a complex relationship with old school and new school, but J. Cole might bring the genre to a more stylistically inclusive middle ground.
Namibian sand dunes outlined against blue sky

‘Toto Forever’ and the Ethics of Sound Pollution

Namibian artist Max Siedentopf's sound art installation of "Africa" by Toto is artistically intriguing but environmentally damaging.
A Stradivarius violin displayed in a museum case

The Sound of a Stradivarius: Preserving Art Through Reproduction

When it comes to the exceptional sound of a Stradivarius violin, will digitization and reproduction affect our opinion of its artistry?
Photograph of an out-of-focus stage and the silhouettes of audience members

Do White People Appreciate Hip-Hop Or Do They Appropriate It?

Is hip-hop's popularity a function of appreciation or appropriation? And where should we draw the line?