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Charles Oughton’s unusual teaching method leads to victory.
Walk the streets of Paris this winter without leaving Provo. (Sadly, no food or drinks allowed.)
BYU Professor Kerry Soper speaks on the famous comic series The Far Side and the life of its creator, Gary Larson.
BYU’s Marlene Hansen Esplin, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, shares how the study of problems of translation can lead to greater social consciousness. 
Albert Camus’ novel depicts the city of Oran, Algeria during a contemporary outbreak of the plague. While there are obvious parallels between the plague in the novel and the peste brune (the brown plague, a nickname for the Nazis who occupied France during World War 2), by transforming the threat into an act of nature, Camus shifts the focus from human cruelty to the many reactions to suffering: some pretend it doesn’t exist, some try to escape it, others accept it and try to alleviate pain.
Greek myths have been told time and again, but Professor Roger Macfarlane explores how these myths have been adapted to our modern culture.
A recent historical photography exhibit invites you to consider how looking to the past can strengthen and inspire your life today.
As art museums shut down or limited their displays last spring, some looked for new ways to appreciate art while confined at home.
Dr. George B. Handley of the Comparative Arts & Letters Department recently published his 11th book, If Truth Were a Child (2019). Unlike his previous titles—which include creative non-fiction, scholarly works, a memoir, and a novel—this book is a compilation of reflective essays analyzing the intersection between faith and intellectualism.
Congratulations to Associate Dean Corry Cropper and Associate Professor Christopher Flood (French & Italian) for receiving the Mormon History Association (MHA) 2021 Best Book on International Mormon History award for their collaborative publication, Mormons in Paris: Polygamy on the French Stage.
At BYU Education Week, Adjunct Faculty Jane G. Hinckley helped her audience rediscover Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park” by looking into some of the factors that influenced the novel.
As part of an Education Week lecture series on finding Christ in the Humanities, Matthew Ancell helped his audience discover the hidden symbolism in Caravaggio's religious paintings.