From CGS Student to Published Author

By Gabrielle Drillis When Marcus Wachira (‘22, ENG ‘24) started his gap semester as a first-year CGS student, he couldn’t have predicted that just three years later he’d be a published author. Wachira is a senior studying mechanical engineering with a passion for creative writing. During his time at BU, he has earned the title […]

Fighting Climate Change by Strengthening Global Democracy

In Climate Change and the Future of Democracy, Boston University College of General Studies Senior Lecturer R.S. Deese addresses the relationship between democracy and global climate change. Drawing insights from history and the present day, Deese argues that this global problem requires a democratic, global response.

Seeing Possibility and Hope in America’s Past

How do postmodern authors like Thomas Pynchon engage with the American past in literature? It’s a question that Christopher K. Coffman contends with in a new book of literary criticism, Rewriting Early America: The Prenational Past in Postmodern Literature.

From Cinderella to Kafka: The Scholarly Musings of Sidney Fein

The character of Sidney Fein came to Professor of Humanities Robert Wexelblatt after he read a book of French critical theory that left him with “an impression of parasitism and arrogance” on the part of the scholars. He processed his reaction in the form of a satirical essay evaluating the career of a fictional thinker, writer, and teacher: Sidney Fein.

CGS Professor Edits New Book on Motherhood

Associate Professor of Rhetoric Lynn O’Brien Hallstein has edited a new book, Mothering Rhetorics. It’s a collection of essays that examines the concept of motherhood through the rhetorics of reproduction, and reproducing rhetorics.

From Toni Morrison to Tarantino–Analyzing America’s Vengeful Stories

Kyle Wiggins’ new book, American Revenge Narratives: A Collection of Critical Essays is a compilation of essays examining post-war American revenge stories and “the nation’s love for vengeance.” from Toni Morrison’s Beloved to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws—these essays contend with our country’s “seemingly inexhaustible production of vengeful tales.”

Is the Universe a Computer?

Is the universe a “giant quantum computer” or a “cellular automaton”? Are we really living in a Matrix world—made up of tiny bits of information that the universe is continually processing on a grand scale? Associate Professor Gregg Jaeger puts this conception of the universe to a critical analysis.

Spotlighting TR Compiles Roosevelt Scholarship

Theodore Roosevelt was thrust into the presidency after a national tragedy—the assassination of President William McKinley—and he shaped the nation in ways that still matter today. Roosevelt instituted the national monuments system, pioneered the regulation of industry, and laid the foundation for decades of American foreign policy. Associate Professor of Social Sciences William Tilchin has compiled […]