Humanities LIVED – You SHOULD


Should—the word has a hint of urgency, a bit of bossiness, and even a dash of guilt. Here, it is mostly a suggestion about something that inspired passion. Thus, you really should.


Every few weeks UCHI will interview a member of the UConn faculty or staff who will offer a recommendation of a book, film, piece of music, podcast, or other inspiring work in the humanities that should be consumed far and wide.
Our series is part of a new initiative, HUMANITIES LIVED, a project created to communicate the value the humanities provide beyond academia: the value of living enriched and inspired.

You SHOULD…Read: Ready, Player One

  “Read like a curious teenager; read for delight.  Read Ready, Player One and everything else.   I mean here the embrace of reading, not because a novel or work of non-fiction is “essential,” but because it on some or all levels brings us joy to be reading it.  And by that I don’t mean […]

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You Should…WALK: Around Alexander Calder’s Stegosaurus

“You Should…   WALK   Around Alexander Calder’s Stegosaurus (1973) in downtown Hartford.   Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is best known for his mobiles, hanging sculptures comprised of abstract metal shapes that dance on currents of air. Stabiles such as Stegosaurus do the opposite: the sculpture stays put and it is the spectator who moves around […]

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You SHOULD…See: A Taxi Driver

“You Should “See” Taxi Driver(2017) …  No, not Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, the new South Korean one…   Lost in the barrage of news surrounding North Korean nuclear ambitions and Singapore dreams is the astonishing current history of South Korea. Throughout 2016-2017, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans marched in downtown Seoul leading to the […]

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