Class of 2024 discusses ‘disorienting’ experience being second-year students during first full year on campus

From missing out on the end of their senior year of high school to attending their first semesters of college virtually, the class of 2024 has had its fair share of atypical firsts and lasts. Many sophomores feel like they are still playing catch-up. “I call the sophomores… third-semester freshmen, because it feels like we’re […]

Theater department launches production of in-person “Shakespeare’s R&J”

One feature of normal campus life will soon be returning to College Hill. For the first time in nearly two years, the theater program is presenting an entirely in-person season. Theater professor Michael O’Neill emphasized the optimism involved in returning to live and in-person theater. “If a play really works, there are moments where everybody […]

‘No conflict is ever settled’: Ilit Ferber speaks on the work of Holocaust survivor Jean Améry

Tel-Aviv University Philosophy Professor Ilit Ferber brought the work of Holocaust survivor Jean Améry to light at the college last Friday. The lecture, in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 8, pondered the question of forgiveness in Améry’s work. “For [Améry], it is both a necessity and an impossibility to be a Jew,” Ferber […]

Student Artist Spotlight: ‘Once in a lifetime experience’: filmmaker Ethan Barsh ’21 and actor Tim Kearin ’21 discuss original short film ‘Skiff’

“Skiff” is the story of a “categorically forgettable” high school student who attempts to leave his mark on a small town in Pennsylvania. Written, directed and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic by Ethan Barsh ’21 along with his father Andy, the film was the recipient of the Best Indie Film Awards at the New York […]

Marquis Players holds first rivalry cabaret with Lehigh’s Mustard and Cheese Society

On Sunday, Lafayette’s Marquis players mingled with Lehigh University’s Mustard and Cheese society to share songs and monologues in a live-streamed YouTube performance. This was the first-ever cabaret between the two rival schools. The opening act featured a duet between the self-proclaimed “redhead and blonde with an inseparable bond:” Kate Bettez ’23 and Julianna Shmaruck […]

Taylor Johnson speaks on poetic inspirations including intimacy and racial identity

Taylor Johnson sees the process of writing poetry as well as poetry itself as “a way of theorizing things.” Last Tuesday, Johnson spoke to students and professors over Zoom and read selected poems from their newly published book entitled “Inheritance” as a part of the final event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series.  This event […]

Georgetown University Professor Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò discusses masculinity and emotional availability

For philosopher Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, reexamining how individuals display emotion can help re-imagine male socialization as a resource rather than an impediment. On Thursday afternoon, over 40 students and professors gathered over Zoom to attend a lecture about emotional labor led by Táíwò, a philosophy professor at Georgetown University. Táíwò is currently writing a book called […]

‘How do you tell a man’s story who can’t really tell it for himself?’: James L. Freedman speaks on his biographical film ‘Carl Laemmle’

Director James L. Freedman’s 2019 film “Carl Laemmle” tells the story of “a real American hero,” for immigrants and filmmakers alike. This past Monday, Freedman answered questions from students and professors following a screening of the film in an event held over Zoom. The film delves into the life of Carl Laemmle, a German-Jewish immigrant, […]

A College Hill take on a 15th century play: Student-adapted production of ‘The Summoning of Everyman’ premieres next Thursday

A student-directed and adapted live production of “The Summoning of Everyman” will premiere next Thursday, marking the first time a student has directed a show for the college’s theater department in the last decade, as well as the first time the department has put on a virtual production. Director Sarah Frankel ’21 decided to modernize the […]

‘When it comes to what we should believe, morality’s got some bite’: Professors Rima Basu and Joseph Shieber explore the ethics of belief

Imagine an elite country club in which all of the staff members are black and very few of the guests are black. Two wealthy white women mistake one of the black guests for a member of the staff. Though it was not a “straightforward” mistake, professor Rima Basu of the Claremont McKenna philosophy department urges […]