WashU Expert: Remembering Philip Roth

Philip Roth, who died May 22, was among the most influential American writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He was also a playful yet unsparing and often provocative critic of American culture, said Matthew Shipe, senior lecturer in English in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

A collaborative investigation

Over the last four decades, Island Press, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, has earned a national reputation for publishing complex, large-scale prints and multiples that explore new materials and innovative techniques.
In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel’s love of music ultimately leads him to the Land of the Dead where he teams up with charming trickster Hector. Alumnus Chris Bernardi served as set supervisor on the movie. (© 2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.)

On an animated journey

One of the many skilled artisans behind the enchanting visuals in Pixar movies is alumnus Chris Bernardi. On the Oscar Award–winning “Coco,” Bernardi served as set supervisor, leading a team of designers who beautifully bring to life a boy’s dream against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

Breakfast with Ovid

John and Penelope Biggs met in Latin class. Six decades later, their love for classics is still going strong. In April, leading scholars from around the country will present their work as part of the Biggs Family Residency Reunion.

Enacting Caravaggio

“The Calling of St. Matthew” is a masterpiece of light and shadow. For the seminar “Caravaggio: Master and Murderer,” art historian William Wallace enlisted students and colleagues from the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences to explore the painting’s mysteries.
Map of Palace Acropolis

Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered at the site, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala has announced.

Student films go to Cannes

In “Grieve,” Sagar Brahmbhatt depicts bereavement as a kind of delayed reaction — a time bomb that never really stops exploding. Evan Gates’ “Floor is Lava?” is a slyly pointed examination of adult responsibility. Later this month, both films, created entirely by Washington University students, will be screened as part of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
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