Who is ultimately in charge?

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A Human/Nature Poster Session

A poster session to cap off the semester was held on Tuesday night, featuring many posters by students in the Science, Technology, and Society 297 class exploring different facets of human, nature, and the “slash” in between.  One of the… Continue Reading →

“Take Me Where I Cannot Stand”: Firefly, Gravity, and Human Space Exploration

Take my love, take my land / Take me where I cannot stand / I don’t care, I’m still free / You can’t take the sky from me — The Ballad of Serenity, Firefly Rare is the science fiction story… Continue Reading →

The Anthropocentrism of the Anthropocene

Even though I am an environmental science major, the subject of environmental philosophy is not one that I am terribly familiar with me.  Professor Keith Peterson’s talk “The Anthropocentrism of the Anthropocene” covered a lot of ground, and at times… Continue Reading →

Mughal Gardens

This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to part of the garden conference held here at Colby.  I went to the first talk, an exploration of gardens in India during the Mughal Empire.  To modern Americans, “garden,” generally… Continue Reading →

Apocalyptic Poetry

I found that the poem from “Il pesce gotico” that Prof Cavatorta showed us reminded me of an elaborate cross of two things we are probably familiar with from grade school: the shape poem and a word association exercise.  As we… Continue Reading →

Nature, Magic, and Human Will in Antiquity

During the talk, one of Professor O’Neill’s statements really stood out to me, “Nowadays, when you cut down a tree, you get wood.  Then, you had a dead nymph.”  It’s such a matter-of-fact little statement, and yet includes an idea… Continue Reading →

Photographic Realism?

Of all the speakers which we have had so far for this class, I think that Charles Traub is one of the most relevant to our Human/Nature theme.  As the photographs on his website show, he has experience both as… Continue Reading →

Dangerous Rhetoric

During the question portion of Prof. Rizzo’s talk on the movement of Futurism, an audience member remarked that it almost seemed that Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Futurism’s founder, did not believe his own act, and might be trying to get people… Continue Reading →

The WWI Military Hospital Experience

During her talk, “War and Wounds,” Anna Carden-Coyle, raised the idea that the World War I hospital, with its patients and its nurses, reversed the Victorian dichotomy of the active male and passive female.  Able-bodied female nurses ran the ward;… Continue Reading →

Artistic Choice in Religious Painting

One function of mimesis, realism in Renaissance art, was to make paintings more emotionally resonant.  Instead of the flat faces of people in many earlier paintings, the people shown in Renaissance art have more realistic appearances and faces skillfully depicting… Continue Reading →

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