Who is ultimately in charge?

Author Kathryn Chow

Garden Design

This year’s Southworth Symposium series revolved around the Culture of Nature as depicted in garden design. The symposium featured historians, landscape architects, and the like, studying various locations around the world: the Middle East, Asia, Europe and America. Each of the… Continue Reading →

Under the Knife

Tanya Sheehan’s work on plastic surgery as a form of visual culture uncovers a lot of flaws in the way we think about health, beauty, nature, and how we want to be seen. Both reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries are associated… Continue Reading →

Anthropocentrism of the Anthropocene

Keith Peterson brought up interesting perspectives on the way in which humans interact with the natural world. We think of the Anthropocene as an era in which we critique environmental impacts caused by humans. However, Anthropocentrism, Peterson argues, is not… Continue Reading →

Robots and Humans

Roger Launius’ discussion of humans in space made me think about our relationship with, and our reliance on, technology. Human history of space exploration is dependent on technology — we count on machines and technological innovations to keep us alive… Continue Reading →

Love and Magic

It’s interesting to see how mating rituals have developed throughout time. These days, courtship is a mixture of being straightforward about one’s feelings, while also playing hard to get. But in antiquity, falling in love was so much easier– all… Continue Reading →

The Sweetest Self

Charles Traub’s portrait photographs of everyday people in the 70s show a jarring amount of honesty. The colors, lighting, and angles in the photographs created compositions that are whimsical and evocative, however, the candid nature of the photographs exposed much… Continue Reading →

Refrigerators and the Natural World

It is interesting to think that one of the most commonplace appliances in the American kitchen arsenal, the refrigerator, has impacted our lives so heavily. Refrigeration has widened the selection of what we can eat at any given point in… Continue Reading →

Futurism and Surrealism

Throughout Gianluca Rizzo’s lecture last week, I couldn’t help thinking about the similarities between futurism and surrealism. There is no doubt that futurism spawned the surrealism movement — both movements reject realistic representations of the world, reimagining what is normal, what… Continue Reading →

Healing and Gender

After Ana Carden-Coyne’s gripping analysis of the physical, emotional, and political effects of wounds during World War I, I found myself fascinated by the role of gender in triage. In medical wards, injured men maintained a compulsory silence through pain,… Continue Reading →


Veronique Plesch’s speech on Mimesis altered the way in which I typically think about art. Mimesis, in art, is imitation — reimagining the physical, external world to reflect different perspectives. Though its scope is broad, Mimesis in the context of nature represents a… Continue Reading →

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