‘My great-uncle, the kapo’

Flora Cassen, in the Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Arts & Sciences, writes an article about a family member who survived the Holocaust by being a “kapo,” one of many who worked for the Nazis while imprisoned in the Polish concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Arthur Compton and the mysteries of light

For nearly 20 years, Einstein’s quantum theory of light was disputed on the basis that light was a wave. In 1922 Compton’s x-ray scattering experiment proved light’s dual nature, writes Erik Henriksen.

A look at Algerian anonymity

Lacy Murphy, a graduate student fellow in the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, explores why Americans know so little about Algeria and why the country may mistrust Western nations. But, Murphy said, Algeria plays an important role in global politics and is among Africa’s most advanced in counterterrorism and global energy.

‘Treating the whole patient all at once’

In this episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast, learn more about the Living Well Center, a site for orthopedic issues that focuses on health care rather than sick care.

‘A mosque of her own’

Tazeen M. Ali, an assistant professor at the university’s John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, is the author of “The Women’s Mosque of America: Authority & Community in US Islam,” about a women-led congregation in Los Angeles. Here, read an excerpt from that work.

‘Teaching modernity in the mountains’

Javier García Liendo, an associate professor in Arts & Sciences and a faculty fellow in the Center for the Humanities, explains his book project, which considers teachers’ role as agents of rural progress in the Andean provinces of Peru between 1939 and 1967.

As the right fights the teaching of race, a new AP course expands it

In the push to expand what educators can teach and students can learn, African Americans today and in the past lead the charge for academic freedom and reveal it to be one of academia’s most potent tools for social justice, writes Michelle Purdy in The Washington Post.

‘The art of monstrous women’

Eileen G’Sell, a senior lecturer in Arts & Sciences, reviews “Tár,” starring Cate Blanchett. Set in the world of classical music, this provocative film explores the intersection of genius, power and moral transgression.
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