A colorful painting on the wall of Chris Washburne’s Dodge Hall office portrays the associate professor of music as a superhero, riding a collection of musical instruments including trombone, tuba and piano.
Thucydides and Twitter are not an obvious pair. Classic authors and digital technology nevertheless clicked at an April celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the undergraduate Core Curriculum course, Literature Humanities.
Professor Cathy Popkin discovered Russian literature in the 1970s. Bored with her data entry job, she went shopping for books—the fatter the better—to keep herself entertained at work. What she found was Dostoevsky.
Soon after graduating from college, Tyler Bickford taught music for a year at a rural Vermont elementary school. Years later, the same school would serve as a rich laboratory for his Columbia dissertation about how kids consume digital media.