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Reading, Writing and ... Rocks?

A woman near molten, fiery lava

Kathy Cashman is a geology professor who specializes in volcanoes. William Rossi is a literature professor who specializes in Thoreau and literary history. This unlikely pair will co-teach a class next year entitled "Reading, Writing and Rocks" that will examine scientific writing, particularly in the earth sciences.

The Knowledge of Nature, the Nature of Knowledge

This intriguing title is the name of a new course that, like "Reading, Writing and Rocks," is the brainchild of two professors who cross the boundaries between science and humanities.

Exploring the Mysteries of Islam

A mosqueMore than 200 students have recently delved into the history of Islam with the UO's new religious studies scholar, Frederick Colby. Colby, who joined the UO this year, expected to study physics or electrical engineering in college, but he also took a class in Islam, which ignited a passion. "I would be a very sad electrical engineer somewhere," he said, "without a liberal arts education."

Nickelodeon City Offers Glimpse into Bygone Era

Thumbnail image for nickelodeon city.jpgWhen Harry Davis and John P. Harris opened the first Nickelodeon in downtown Pittsburgh in 1905, little did they know that they were starting a trend. Soon hundreds of these theaters, where admission cost just a nickel, sprang up in city neighborhoods.

As if the price weren't enticing enough, theater owners often used all manner of stunts to attract patrons, even live chicken give-aways. Audiences responded en masse: Going to the movies became a popular form of entertainment and leisure.

Theatre Celebrates 100 Years with Major Transformation

A renovated theater

Along with all the scene changes taking place on the Robinson Theatre stage this season, there's also been a major external change in scenery.

What is Kitsch?

A green sculpture entitled, "The Balloon Flower"

While in Paris last September, Associate Professor Fabienne Moore toured the exhibition of American artist Jeff Koons' work on display in the famous palace of Versailles. This sculpture, titled "Balloon Flower," is one of many that provoked controversy throughout France due to the subject matter and agenda of the artist.

Online Extras

Change Agent?

An audio icon Will Obama be a one-term president? Will Republicans wander in the wilderness?

Oregon Economic Index

A comment iconGet a direct link to this essential bellwether for today's economy.

Collider Questions

A video iconWorried about black holes? Or just curious how the Large Hadron Collider works?

Arts, Aesthetics and Audacity

A camera iconSee a slideshow of Jeff Koons sculptures at Versailles.

"Bearing the Body" Excerpt

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Read the first chapter of the novel that won the 2008 Ken Kesey Award.

All Things Darwin

A video icon Watch Darwin talks, read an essay by the "Weird Science" professor.

Dr. Jekyll Meets His Match

A comment icon Read about a real-life "multiplex personality" in the Trauma Archives

Theater Student Tells All

A comment iconGet a student's perspective on the Robinson Theatre renovation.

Alumni Confidential

A comment icon Direct links to theater alumni featured in this issue of Cascade.