Why are superheroes so popular?

Why are superheroes so popular?

Superhero expert Peter Coogan, lecturer in American culture studies and author of the book “Superhero: the Secret Origin of a Genre,” discusses why superheroes are so popular and the origins of the superhero genre.
Bookshelf: The motherhood challenge

Bookshelf: The motherhood challenge

In her research on mothers, Caitlyn Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has found that moms in the U.S. (and dads) are struggling to feel like good parents when they don’t get any mandated parental leave.
Big Idea: Cortex

Big Idea: Cortex

Welcome to Cortex, an innovation community started in 2002 thanks to a lead investment from Washington University. Drone footage takes you through the formerly blighted industrial complex that is now a hip mixed-use space and home to more than 5,800 jobs. This is Cortex.
Helping the unseen

Helping the unseen

Bruce Goldstein, JD ’80, is president and executive director of Farmworker Justice, which fights for better working conditions and wages for the 2.4 million farm workers in the U.S.
Promoting women’s rights in Uganda

Promoting women’s rights in Uganda

Alice Emasu Seruyange (right), MSW ’10, has built the first hospital in Uganda specializing in treating obstetric fistulas. Here she is with a fistula survivor.
An online vanguard

An online vanguard

Jason Kint, BSBA ’96, is CEO of Digital Content Next, a nonprofit trade organization for digital media companies. He got his start in digital media working on the homepage of the WashU website.
First Person: What it’s like to be a lie spotter

First Person: What it’s like to be a lie spotter

Pamela Meyer, BA ’80, is founder and CEO of Calibrate, a corporate training company that specializes in deception detection. She is author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, and her 2011 Ted Talk, “How to Spot a Liar,” has more than 22 million views. Here she talks about deciphering deception.
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