‘Fast notes on the FOIA film’

WIlliam J. Maxwell, author and professor in Arts & Sciences, writes on the Center for the Humanities blog about films and stories that are able to be told thanks to the federal Freedom of Information Act bringing to light once-secret FBI documents.

Creatures Great and Small

William E. Wallace, director of undergraduate studies in Art History and Archaeology, says the Frick Collection’s move to Madison Avenue gives viewers the chance to see Giovanni Bellini’s ‘St. Francis in the Desert’ in a new light—literally

Surveillance, crime and poverty

Joseph Roeder, a graduate student in the Social Policy Institute, examines the potential use, and pitfalls, of drone surveillance in American cities.

Gephardt Institute launches podcast

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement has launched a podcast, “This Civic Moment,” in which regional civic and community leaders share what inspired them to engage in this civic moment and help us better understand what’s next. The latest episode features Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis.

‘Toward a populist environmentalism’

Historic preservation scholar Michael Allen, lecturer in Arts & Sciences and the Sam Fox School, offers a review on the “Human Ties” blog of the book “Stop Saving the Planet” by historian and Sam Fox research fellow Jenny Price.

New season of ‘WashU: Between the Lines’ launches April 12

You may know the six people featured in the “WashU Between the Lines” video series. But do you really? “Our subjects share stories about their lives and experiences in ways they never have before,” said junior Julia Appelbaum, one of the series’ producers. New episodes launch today through Friday, April 17, on Facebook and Instagram.

In ‘Sound of Metal,’ There Are No Small Sufferings

Writing faculty Eileen G’Sell reviews Darius Marder’s Oscar-nominated film, which she says is less about the deaf community than about the process of losing a sense inextricably tied to one’s identity.
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