The middle of the United States has shaken in recent years with unexpected earthquakes. The most recent large midcontinent quake, an M5.8 tremor centered in eastern Oklahoma, was felt from the Dakotas through Texas. Scientists studying these earthquakes have implicated our recent shale energy revolution, particularly the pressure created by the massive volume of toxic wastewater produced when we use hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and gas from shale formations. In some states, regulators have restricted the underground injection of wastewater, but other states are taking only limited action or continue to deny the science linking fracking to earthquakes. What can we make of such divergent responses to earthquakes that shake across state lines? >>
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Visualizing Fascism >>
A More Subtle Form >>
The Shadow of Brainwashing: A Short History of Coercive Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror >>
Celebrating recent work by alumni of the Society of Fellows in the Huamnities with Jeffrey Andrew Barash, David Armitage, and Teresa M. Bejan. >>
Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War >>
Cruel Empathy: The Shocking Case of Beatrice Cenci >>
More than five hundred years after Machiavelli wrote The Prince, his landmark treatise on the pragmatic application of power remains a pivot point for debates on political thought. While scholars continue to investigate interpretations of The Prince in different contexts throughout history, from the Renaissance to the Risorgimento and Italian unification, other fruitful lines of research explore how Machiavelli’s ideas about power and leadership can further our understanding of contemporary political circumstances. >>
Coping with Waste: Copropolitics Ancient and Modern >>
Landscaping the Planet: The "Domus Complex" or The Late Neolithic Multi-Species Resettlement Camp >>