Patterns

Patterns crawl up the walls of the Blue Mosque. Painted vines spring from ceramic tiles in endless loops, flowers blooming between them. Intricate spirals originate at the bottom of the wall and repeat over and over until they reach the arching dome high above, where blue, red, and gold swirl together in stunning symmetry. A …

The Spiritual Life of the Mind

I’ve been listening to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s biography by Robert D. Richardson, subtitled: “The Mind on Fire.” Richardson wrote an intellectual biography on Henry Thoreau as well, called: “A Life of the Mind.” Perhaps because those phrases were foremost in my subconscious—resonating with me, exciting me, and providing motivation during the past year as I’ve …

The BYU Humanities Center at 10: A Few Last Thoughts, Personal and Institutional

It was BYU’s university conference week in late August 2011, and I was feeling a little nostalgic. And anxious. I was at the college meeting for faculty for what I anticipated was the last time. My family had returned a couple months earlier from Aberdeen, Scotland – the second of our half-yearly stints where I …

Creative Translating: My College Experience as Source Text

This is my last semester at BYU–last week, actually–and as happens with any big change, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and a lot of speculating about what the future will bring. In my poetry class, our most recent assignment was to translate a portion of Dante’s Divine Comedy, which we’ve been reading throughout …

2021

The Humanities Center held its 9th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 29th at 3:00 PM in the Education in Zion Theater. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Candace Brown: “Hear Him: Listening to the Holy Face” The diptych–an important format used by Netherlandish Renaissance …

2020

The Humanities Center held its 8th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM via YouTube livestream. This year’s event featured 6 undergraduate students from the College of Humanities and their research. Claire Gillett: “The Folkway Podcast: Preserving and Perpetuating Canadian Fiber Art Traditions Through Digital Storytelling” The maritime provinces of Atlantic …