Phillips wins PEN poetry award

Carl Phillips, professor of English in Arts & Sciences, has won the 2016 poetry award from PEN Center USA for “Reconnaissance,” his latest collection.
Richard Wagner. (Image: Shutterstock)

An optimistic vision

New conductor Horst Buchholz and new director of strings Amy Greenhalgh will make their debuts with the Washington University Symphony Orchestra Oct. 30. The concert will take place at The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall in the 560 Music Center.
Matt Erlin. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University.)

Erlin wins DAAD/GSA book prize

Matt Erlin, professor and chair of Germanic languages and literatures in Arts & Sciences, has won the 2016 prize for best book in “Germanistik,” or cultural studies, from the German Academic Exchange Service.
From left to right: Ebby Offord as the mother, David Dwight as the Youth and Charles Glenn as the narrator in the PAD production of “Passing Strange.” (Photo: Carol Green/Washington University.)

Revelation, revolution and reinvention

South Central Los Angeles, 1976. The lawns are manicured, the palm trees sway, the savings bonds are tucked optimistically away. But the Youth is restless. In “Passing Strange,” the singer and playwright Stew offers a semi-autobiographical account of his journey to artistic self-discovery. The Performing Arts Department will present the Tony Award-winning rock musical Oct. 21-30 in Edison Theatre.
Wild chimpanzee youngster with adult.

Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, according to new research from anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis.
President John F. Kennedy Returns to the White House in 1962. (Photo: Abbie Rowe/White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.)

WashU Expert: The nuclear football

It is the ultimate symbol of public trust. Accompanying the president, at virtually all times, is a military aid with a large black satchel known as the “nuclear football.” But for all its prominence in the popular imagination, the football does not contain some sort of “nuclear button” that might allow a president to single-handedly initiate nuclear launch, says Krister Knapp, senior lecturer in history in Arts & Sciences.
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