Historian Corinna Treitel, a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Humanities, traces the trajectory of the practice of "natural eating" from its origins as a 19th-century German countercultural movement to a $72 billion global industry — including its elevation as the Third Reich's preferred diet.

Sergio Pitol (above) has had a powerhouse career — winning two major Spanish-language literary awards and icon status in Mexico. But his work, including almost two dozen novels, memoirs and short-story collections, has only recently become available in English. Literary scholar and humanities center Faculty Fellow Ignacio Sánchez Prado attempts to explain why.

Rebecca Wanzo foregrounds the disconnect between popular depictions of the civil rights movement — picture respectable people in crisp shirts, marching in orderly rows — and the period's widespread violence. The visual record, she says, reveals a far messier history. "(Un)Civil Mediations: A Civil Rights and Visual Culture Symposium" (April 23–25) explores the topic.

Philosophy professor John Doris blogs about his new book, Talking to Ourselves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency, which may leave you wondering just how much of your decision making is the result of your own calculation and how much is influenced by your "subversive unconscious."

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April 29, 2015

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