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The catharsis we know today is a gift: Darren Gobert talks plays and purgation

(10/26/20 9:49pm)

The historical origins of catharsis come to light in Darren Gobert's virtual seminar “Purge," which kicked off on Oct. 9 as part of the tgiFHI series. Centering his rich excavation on Tennessee Williams' play "Suddenly, Last Summer," Gobert lays out why we are blessed with our present understanding of catharsis.


Snapshots in time: Public gardens, postcards and a late empire's unraveling

(09/30/20 2:39am)

Public gardens and open-air promenades gave the Ottoman Empire remarkable vistas of their cities. Yet only centuries later did these sites gain concession outside the impressive views they offered, their picturesque history carefully preserved as crown jewels in the archives of modern researchers. Berin Golonu, a pioneer in art history who teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo, successfully extracted a wealth of information from the mix of postcards compiled in the Duke University Library as well as those she painstakingly gathered from her own travels. In her Sept 18. virtual seminar, she decodes the entangled mysteries that lay hidden in her collection. 


Soulful activism in the art of zine-making

(09/16/20 12:36am)

For each story released online, a thousand others are mindlessly forwarded to our newsfeed. Technology and self-publishing have come a long way in diminishing the power of publishing houses, as creatives no longer need mediated channels to broadcast their ideas; they simply open their phones and type away. Such convenience, however, comes at a price: although digitization has granted these writers and illustrators means to connect, the impersonal culture of the internet makes it difficult to form genuine connections. Thankfully, the re-emerging culture of zine-making is steadily rewriting this narrative.


A generation past hiding in the wake of #FreeBritney

(09/03/20 1:58pm)

Long before mental health initiatives made waves in mainstream media, Britney Spears was the voice that nourished the soul of a generation. With tracks like “Work Bitch” that empower us to persevere in our life hustles, the Princess of Pop resides in Gen Z minds and her hottest albums are squeezed into just about any early '00s playlist. While that side of the pop star keeps singing, it’s hard to imagine that a completely opposite life off-screen was molded for her 12 years ago.