Colin Firth’s Redemption Song (we’ll be singing it this weekend)

It’s not that we are privy to holding grudges or anything. But the fact that the dapper Mr. Colin Firth will be squaring off with His Dudeliness Jeff Bridges for the Best Actor Oscar (Sunday, 7PM Central on ABC) for the second year in a row means that we are being forced to tear open … More Colin Firth’s Redemption Song (we’ll be singing it this weekend)

Zombies. Sea monsters. A Fight Club. What the Dickens would Jane Austen say?

Has the award-winning and highly Oscar-nominated The Kings Speech rekindled your appreciation for the British heritage film? You’re not alone. Here, author Dianne Sadoff looks at pop-culture spin-off books, films, and other products of Jane Austen and Brontë sisters classics and what they say about American culture.Note: If you do nothing else this weekend, please … More Zombies. Sea monsters. A Fight Club. What the Dickens would Jane Austen say?

On photography and how it’s changed our perception of animals.

Pictures of animals are now ubiquitous, but the ability to capture animals on film was a significant challenge in the early era of photography. In Developing Animals, Matthew Brower takes us back to the time when Americans started taking pictures of the animal kingdom, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the moment when photography … More On photography and how it’s changed our perception of animals.

Discovering the History of Women in Public

BY JESSICA ELLEN SEWELLAssistant professor, American and New England Studies and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Boston University In his novels Spook Country and Zero History, Bruce Sterling popularized the idea of locative art—digital art tied to specific locations—using GPS and internet-connected devices. He imagines a viewer of locative art holding … More Discovering the History of Women in Public

Egypt Q&A: Unrelenting protests are rooted in many years of civil unrest and bear the marks of a social revolution.

In Cairo, Egypt, a big banner that spells out “Leave,” in reference to Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak, appears on Feb. 1st, 2011. Throughout the Mubarak regime’s tenure, citizens have experienced violations of their civil rights on a daily basis. Photo by Essam Sharaf, courtesy of Creative Commons. Photo from Flickr. BY SALWA ISMAILProfessor of politics … More Egypt Q&A: Unrelenting protests are rooted in many years of civil unrest and bear the marks of a social revolution.