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September 13, 2017
This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities dialogue symposium “Common Pursuits/Public Good” will consider how the arts and humanities contribute to the public good through acts of advocacy and teaching; creation and critique; contemplation and scholarship. “A commitment to the public good premises a system...
March 13, 2017
Boston-area author and transgender advocate Chris Edwards will talk about his life-changing journey and read from his memoir, “BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some,” at Clark University at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, in the Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons, 2nd Floor. The event is part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ spring...
A person browses a newsstand filled with comic books.
March 3, 2017
Cartoonists James Sturm and Caleb Brown spent time at Clark on Feb. 7 talking about the joys and challenges of their profession as they opened the exhibit "Cartooning: Sense, Nonsense, Applications" at the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons. Curated by Sturm, co-founder of the The Center for Cartoon Studies, the exhibit will...
March 2, 2017
Want to get away? Permanently? Plenty of people do. They may seek to escape crushing debt, collect on a life insurance policy, or disentangle from an ugly family situation. Others simply crave the thrill of reinvention. To truly make themselves invisible they may go underground by committing an act known as “pseudocide” —...
Cover for the Higgins School of Humanities' spring series 'What's so funny?'
February 1, 2017
This spring, Clark University's Higgins School for Humanities presents “What’s so funny?” a series of public lectures, community conversations and exhibits on humor. “Our symposium asks how humor creates and fragments communities. What larger cultural, social, and political role does humor play? In short, what can we learn...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Activist Tom Hayden speaks at Clark University in 2011
October 26, 2016
Editor’s note: Robert J.S. “Bob” Ross, research professor of sociology, wrote this reflection about activist and legislator Tom Hayden, 76, who died Sunday in California. Ross was close to Hayden, as a student activist and throughout his academic career. Hayden, a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, was a civil rights...
A tiny house built by Derek 'Deek' Deidricksen sits on Alden Quad.
September 29, 2016
Author, builder and HGTV show host Derek “Deek” Diedricksen spoke about the benefits and popularity of “living small” during a recent presentation for Home (De) Constructed, the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium.
September 14, 2016
Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium, “Home (De)Constructed,” will consider the fluid meanings of home. Lectures, community conversations and exhibits will focus on how we define home’s boundaries, and what makes a particular structure, community, city or nation feel like home. “Together we...
July 7, 2016
Clark University’s visionary focus on liberal arts, effective practice and excellence in the humanities is being made even sharper with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation has awarded $620,000 to support "Introducing 'Problems of Practice' Courses into All Humanities Majors," Clark...
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
April 20, 2016
J. Ronald Eastman remembers arriving at Clark University in 1981 as a visiting professor. The chair of the Geography Department handed him a computer – the first one in the department – to use in cartography classes. “It looked like a glorified Etch-a-Sketch screen,” recalled Eastman (pictured). “Nobody knew what to do...
Writing a different future - Climate Change Teach-in on Speculative Fiction
March 30, 2016
In his 2006 film "Children of Men," director Alfonso Cuarón lays out a bleak vision of the future: nearly two decades of human infertility have left society angry, violent and hopeless. But tucked into the “extras” on the DVD of the movie is a documentary that may be even more bleak than the movie itself because it...
Boston Harbor
February 16, 2016
  In old science fiction movies, invading aliens would warn the human race: "Resistance is futile." For coastal cities facing their own invading force — rising sea levels — resistance may indeed be futile, but resilience and creativity could be the keys not only to surviving, but thriving. That was the takeaway message of...
Ken Liu
November 12, 2015
Audiences will soon be pouring into movie theaters to experience the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” saga. But science fiction, even the variety filled with tales of aliens and distant galaxies, is marked by themes that are acutely human, drawing as they do from contemporary culture, deep history and embedded belief...
October 29, 2014
  For more than a century, if a science fiction book was read in a college classroom, it likely was hidden behind a textbook or secretly propped open under a desktop. These days, however, the popular genre is no longer an alien subject in academia.
April 2, 2015
Clark University students spent last week attending lectures and films, and participating in competitions and giveaways as part of a coordinated campus-wide effort to honor and celebrate Mother Earth.