Culture, education, and law

  How to get people to believe facts
As far back as the 1950s, tobacco companies knew full well that research had linked their products to diseases that sickened and killed their customers. The industry’s response: deny and discredit the real science, and peddle alternative facts…

  The results are beautiful
…mathematicians, like artists, are driven by imagination….

newhaven_choupette_645x645_0_0_315  Way beyond pizza
Once upon a time, New Haven’s claims to culinary fame centered mostly around its pizza and its rumored status as the birthplace of the hamburger. Today, the city is a certifiable food mecca.

Jewish history in Poland    Celebrating Poland’s Jewish history
“Who could have predicted,” Lisa Kassow says, “that 70 years after the virtual destruction of Polish Jewry, we would see this day in Poland?” More than two decades in the making, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is built on the site of what was once the heart of Jewish Warsaw – the area that the Nazis turned into the Warsaw Ghetto.

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 3.34.44 PM    Why the liberal arts matter
Research shows strong support for both the inherent and the practical value of a liberal arts education among not only liberal arts graduates, but among employers nationwide.

STEM    Gender balance makes better STEM
While math, chemistry, and biology attract a substantial proportion of female undergraduate majors, engineering and physics remain male-dominated. Addressing factors that keep women out of STEM fields is not a matter simply of fairness. The gendering of science and technology as “male” affects research itself….

  Desire for family, not career goals, drives egg freezing
She is a media trope: the hard-driving career woman who realizes that her biological clock is on the verge of winding down….But, according to a recent study…the primary impetus behind the decision to freeze one’s eggs is quite different.

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 3.10.00 PM  New life at an old library
On one of the busiest streets in downtown New Haven, nestled between a tattoo parlor and a vintage clothing emporium, the narrow entrance to the Institute Library is easy for a passerby to miss.

   Bookworms live longer
The next time you talk to a clinician about how you’re taking care of your health, you might want to include a discussion of your reading habits.

nun photo    Buddhist nuns create mandala
On a cloudy, mild Saturday afternoon in mid-October, anyone walking near the
Charter Oak landing at the Connecticut River would have seen the unusual sight of a contingent of six Tibetan Buddhist nuns in full ritual regalia.

Jewish life     Jewish life at Trinity College
Although the intensity of Jewish activity has ebbed and flowed, Trinity has long been a welcoming institution for Jewish students – one of the few at the time of its founding in 1823 that did not discriminate on the basis of religion, a commitment made in the College charter.

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 3.15.09 PM  Women artists and the “higher bar”?
Although over 50 percent of artists working today are women, female artists get fewer solo shows, are severely underrepresented in permanent museum collections (they fare better in galleries), and are much less frequently cited in books.

WikiLeaks cover     Secrecy shattered
The questions raised by the events chronicled and the experts quoted in this article have become even more complex and problematic over the past several years.

words that wound cover     Words that wound
Whether it’s the fictional Stanley Kowalski terrorizing his wife and sister-in-law in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” or the real-life big kid in the school yard, few among us have not witnessed a bully at work, using the tools of the trade: the taunt, the rumor, the threat, and the fist.

hate crimes

Hate crimes: balancing protection with free speech
Arguments over the purpose and usages of hate crime legislation, as well as what constitutes a hate crime, have raged for decades. And legal scholars and human rights groups continue to discuss whether hate crime laws are likely to affect freedom of speech

La MaMa photo    La MaMa – immersion in the arts