Book Review: Bacon, Edmund M. "Design of Cities"
By Malcom James Edgerton
In the richly illustrated Design of Cities, Edmund Bacon makes a forceful argument for shaping cities into more aesthetically complete, lyrical, and ordered compositions that will be a “true expression of the highest aspirations of our civilization,” drawing valuable lessons from the cities of the past to do so (13).
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Attraction and Education: Whether Intellectual Indicators of Future Success Make Men More Attractive to Women in a Period of Mating Optimism
According to evolutionary studies, women seek out ‘breadwinning’ males to ensure the safety of their future offspring. A period of mating optimism paired with evolutionary theory suggests that women, regardless of their own potential, will consider a male’s earning potential if given the opportunity when judging the attractiveness of a particular male. Read more
“She wept for him:” Sympathy and
Male Power in Sense and Sensibility
By Rachael Prensner, Dr. Susan Greenfield
Elinor Dashwood, the heroine of Jane Austen's Sense and
Sensibility, is known for being introverted and level-headed, but she isn't
universally anti-emotion. Though she consciously suppreses her own emotions and
encourages her sister, Marianne, to do the same, Elinor is eager to sympathize
with the male characters in the novel. Through her judgements about who may and
may not express emotion, Elinor inflicts an emotional disinheritance on herself
and her sister which mirrors their financial disinheritance through the system
of primogeniture...Read more
Reclaiming a Cultural Identity: Ghanaian
Hip-Life and the Bronx
By Stephen Erdman, Dr. Mark Naison
Since emerging from the South Bronx three decades ago, the
American hip-hop movement has developed an international following. While
contributing to cultural homogenization, the dissemination of American hip-hop
has also spawned new genres abroad that showcase local musical styles. The
creation of the hip-life movement in Ghana illustrates this phenomenon. This
essay examines the exportation of American hip-hop to Africa and the ways that
musicians integrated hip-hop with indigenous styles to create hip-life...
Computational Studies of sl2 Conformal Blocks
Conformal field theory plays a key role within the study of string theory and mathematical physics. This paper investigates a class of conformal blocks, which are important in the Wess-Zumino-Witten model of conformal field theory. Read more