Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies Colin Burnett unpacks the video teaser for November 2015's SPECTRE, the latest James Bond thriller, and finds a protagonist with a sense of his (and the book and film franchise's) own history.
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."
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.
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.