The nature of place

The nature of place

In “Confronting Urbanization,” a wall-sized drawing at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Petra Kempf combines copious data and mischievous symbolism to explore how smart phones, online commerce and global connectivity are reshaping the urban terrain.
‘The Science of Leaving Omaha’

‘The Science of Leaving Omaha’

In “The Science of Leaving Omaha,” playwright Carter W. Lewis brings sly humor and deep sympathy to a story of young people, stalled lives and the desperation for escape. Commissioned by WashU’s Performing Arts Department, the play will receive its world premiere Nov. 18-21.
Adaptive measures

Adaptive measures

Through the innovative ‘Made to Model’ program, WashU students are producing, designing and creating formal fashion for St. Louis-area kids who might otherwise be overlooked.
Literary invention in the age of disorder

Literary invention in the age of disorder

In a new book, Wolfram Schmidgen, professor of English, explains how the excitement and anxiety about a disordered world affected literary invention in 18th-century England. “Infinite Variety: Literary Invention, Theology, and the Disorder of Kinds, 1688-1730” combines intellectual history with close analysis of the literary inventions of Richard Blackmore, John Locke, Jonathan Swift, and Daniel Defoe.
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