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  • 2017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. What can we learn today from the twentieth century’s great experiment in “Actually Existing Socialism”? And how does the Soviet experience speak to current questions of social and political theory generated by its supposed conquerors, the twenty-first century United States and the European Union?
  • Why does scientific knowledge seem to be increasingly vulnerable to critique from politicians, activists, ordinary citizens, and even scientists themselves? Why does the previously stable role of science in solving global crises and mapping the future flourishing of humanity seem to be in doubt?
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy follows the journey of the poet through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This epic Italian poem, composed between 1308 and 1321, is an allegory for the movement of the soul toward God. But it is also a multifaceted exploration of ethics, metaphysics, politics, love, order, chaos, poetic form, and the Classical literary tradition. .

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Faculty Interview: Ajay Singh Chaudhary on Soviet Life and Politics

Twenty-five years after the fall of the USSR, the Soviet experiment appears to most, especially in the United States, as a failed project, a historical dead end belonging to the history books. And yet, one hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the Soviet experiment, despite its darkest moments, continues to stand as the historical proof […]

Faculty Writing: On Videogames and Affect

Day-of-Learning: The Fire that Lit the Nation