Tuning into the world of song

Tuning into the world of song

Is music universal? To answer that question, Christopher Lucas, assistant professor of political science, worked with colleagues from Princeton and Harvard to analyze music from 315 societies from across the planet. Their findings are published in the Nov. 21 issue of Science.
‘Recipes for Respect’ book featured at New York Public Library

‘Recipes for Respect’ book featured at New York Public Library

The book “Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning”(2019) by Rafia Zafar, professor of English and of African-American studies, both in Arts & Sciences, is featured in a new exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the New York Public Library.

Playwriting competition seeks student submissions

Undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University can submit entries for the annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. The deadline to turn in scripts — which may be full-length, one-act or 10-minute plays — is 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Winning playwrights will be announced in March.
Four ways to curb light pollution, save bugs

Four ways to curb light pollution, save bugs

Want to help stop the decline of our insect friends? A new publication from Brett Seymoure in Arts & Sciences shows how artificial light at night negatively impacts thousands of species that have evolved to use light levels as cues for courtship, foraging and navigation.
The Divided City announces new faculty grants

The Divided City announces new faculty grants

The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ College and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design announce a new round of Divided City faculty collaborative grants.
WashU Expert: Political chaos in Bolivia is a ‘coup’

WashU Expert: Political chaos in Bolivia is a ‘coup’

In Bolivia, a tangled election mess seems to have reaffirmed the popularity of leader Evo Morales. A Washington University in St. Louis faculty member says the country has propped up a new leader in what amounts to a military coup.
Toward a more civil discourse

Toward a more civil discourse

Reappropriation — by which a group of people reclaims words or artifacts that were previously used in a way disparaging of that group — can tame uncivil discourse, finds a new study by political scientists and a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.