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 with the March 2015 publication of The Art of Flight. Literary scholar and humanities center Faculty Fellow Ignacio Sánchez Prado attempts to explain why.

By Benjamin Meiners
English graduate student Benjamin Meiners interviews literary scholar Priscilla Wald about her study of cultural narratives about contagious disease. Wald joined an interdisciplinary panel, "Contagion and Culture: A Conversation about Ebola," to contextualize the 2014 West African outbreak with medical, public health and humanities perspectives.

Wilmetta Tolivier-Diallo reflects on the Washington University African Film Festival as it launches its 10th year on Thursday, March 27 (through Sunday, March 29). She recounts walking storefront to storefront to hang posters in the first year, questions what an "authentic" African film is, and describes changes in the African film industry itself.

In film and literature, Holocaust perpetrators used to be portrayed as easily repudiated monsters and sadists. In her new book project, humanities center Faculty Fellow Erin McGlothlin takes on the recent wave of humanizing depictions, such as in the film Shoah, that compel their audiences to acknowledge their complicated psychologies.


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