Humanistic Inquiry Articles & Blogs

Rachel Polinsky, right, listens to Richard Freund talk abou the Holocaust escape tunnel
July 28, 2016
A recent Clark University graduate is part of a research story that has made international headlines: archaeologists’ discovery of a tunnel dug by Jews in Lithuania trying to escape extermination during the Holocaust.
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
July 21, 2016
It was just like any other open-mic night at an Italian restaurant in Loveland, Ohio, until then-12-year-old Olivia Schwartz performed her first original song “The Spark” a cappella. When she left the stage after completing the song, she was met by three guys in cowboy boots and country hats who introduced her to the...
Themal Ellawala, psychology student and Steinbrecher Fellow at Clark University, posed in front of a GLBTQ rainbow flag on a beach in Sri Lanka
July 21, 2016
Themal Ellawala ’17, a psychology major at Clark University, returned to Sri Lanka this summer to research how culture, gender norms and stigma affect non-heterosexuals in the island nation where he grew up. Ellawala (pictured above) is interviewing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) who fall...
Psychology professor Denise Hines with students who helped organize the annual Family Impact Seminar at the Massachusetts State House
July 12, 2016
Millennials veer from older generations in their acceptance of marijuana legalization. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of those born between 1981 and 1997 approve of legalizing pot versus around 50 percent of Baby Boomers and GenXers. And while Denise Hines, research associate professor of psychology at...
Etta Scott-Smith
July 6, 2016
Clark University junior Etta Scott-Smith is thankful to be on the “greatest journey of my life.” She always knew she wanted to study abroad in China, so much so that she made it a prerequisite when choosing a college. It wasn’t just because she wanted to see a different part of the world, or because she wanted exciting...
Stephen Steinbrecher and President David P. Angel with alumni Steinbrecher and Anton fellows
June 27, 2016
When Ali Canino ’12 saw the campground for the first time, her heart sank. Due to severe drought, Sioux YMCA’s Camp Marrowbone in north-central South Dakota had not been used in seven years, and it was a disaster. The buildings were falling down, there were no bathrooms, barbed wire was everywhere and the electrical...
Composite image with Vladimir Putin, left, and Donald Trump, right
May 25, 2016
At least Donald Trump isn’t going shirtless … yet. But as The Boston Herald recently noted, “his mantra to ‘Make America Great Again’ steals a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political playbook.” The newspaper turned to a Putin expert, Valerie Sperling, chair and professor of political science at Clark...
Parents watching a college athletic event
May 24, 2016
Katie Lowe, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Clark University, received a prestigious Innovations in Research and Practice Grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a project developing an online education program to promote positive parent involvement in college athletics.
Professor Taner Akçam portrait
May 4, 2016
Clark University History Professor Taner Akçam received the “Friend of the Armenians” award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at a banquet of the Diocesan Assembly on April 29 in Cleveland. Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from around the country attended. “It is deeply rewarding to be...
Academic Spree Day rare books
May 3, 2016
The words “handle with care” take on added meaning in the Introduction to Archival Research seminar taught by Meredith Neuman, associate professor of English, with Clark University archivist Fordyce Williams. The seminar's students research books that are not just historical in content but also in their physical forms,...
2016-17 Steinbrecher Fellows at Clark University
April 28, 2016
Eight Clark University undergraduate students were recently awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to support their pursuit of original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2016-2017 academic year. The students (five are pictured above) and their projects include:
Harriet Tubman
April 21, 2016
Although he was once celebrated for defeating the British at the War of 1812 in New Orleans and promoting the cause of “the common man,” President Andrew Jackson has become more infamously described by many modern historians as the slave-owning president who helped further codify racism, “manifest destiny” and the forced ...
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...
Matt Maranz story about Friday Night Tykes
March 17, 2016
Matt Maranz spent a chunk of his summer in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, a tradition-rich region northwest of Pittsburgh that has been the breeding ground of NFL stars like Joe Namath and Mike Ditka. As the producer of the Esquire Network’s documentary TV show “Friday Night Tykes,” which devoted its first two seasons to...
When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries - Book Cover
March 11, 2016
Professor Deborah Merrill's new book, "When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents"
Skye Wingo - Clark University
March 8, 2016
Skye Wingo learned many things while studying abroad in Japan during his junior year, perhaps none more important than this: impossible dreams can come true. “Being a student in Japan was … a dream I called impossible. Once it hit me that I was actually attending classes, the classes I had only seen on TV or read in books...
Pile of hundred dollar bills
March 4, 2016
Robert Boatright, Clark University associate professor of political science Robert G. Boatright, associate professor of political science at Clark University, is the editor of a collection of essays titled, "The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws" (University of Michigan Press...
Clark-University-students-Supreme-Court
March 3, 2016
Twelve Clark University students accompanied Professor Mark C. Miller of the Political Science Department to Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 and 29 to hear oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. The trip was funded in part by the Barry ’62 and Elaine ’65 Epstein Pre-Law Fund, the June Patron ’65 Endowed Fund, the Law...
Théodore Chassériau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
February 18, 2016
Witches cursed, ghosts haunted, guilty hands were stained with stubborn blood, and once again, as he has on countless stages for almost 400 years, the murderous Macbeth met the fate he deserved. It all took place in Shakespeare & Company’s 2016 touring production of “Macbeth” in Atwood Hall, Feb. 3-5. The performance...
Image of Middle East from book cover
February 16, 2016
Clark University Professor of History Douglas Little Clark University history Professor Douglas Little's newest book, "Us versus Them: The United States, Radical Islam, and the Rise of the Green Threat," examines the political and cultural conflicts that triggered America's shift in attention from the "Red Threat" of...
Students looking at a floor model
January 15, 2016
The Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition, "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," is a bit of unfolding history. It's the first major museum exhibition in the United States exclusively devoted to the 150-year legacy of this long-overlooked technique that gives photographs a distinct blue tint, turning even mundane...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
December 9, 2015
Clark University Model UN team members at the Northeast Regional Model Arab League Conference at Northeastern, from left: Maame Abena Anan-Ankomah, Andrew Mezzi, Conor Mulqueen, Michael Pierce and Absar Ali. The Clark University Model UN Team has concluded a successful fall semester, winning numerous awards and looking...
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...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
August 28, 2015
Grant will support Nicole M. Overstreet, Ph.D., in examining the needs of those affected by intimate partner violence Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
June 19, 2015
Clark University undergraduate Hannah Kogut will spend a month in the U.K. this summer studying history as a Fulbright Summer Institute program participant.

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