We're moving!

We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

Blog Archives

A matter of time


We experience time. We pass through it, right? But what is it, exactly? A dimension? A mathematical measurement just to keep us showing up to class and dinner at a predetermined point on the clock? Time was the center of

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The home we love so well

Big Red Weekend at Denison University Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.  (Photo by Timothy E. Black)

There’s something about this time of year that makes a person miss home. Perhaps it’s the changing leaves; maybe it’s the need for a heavier jacket; or it could be the apples growing ripe on our Ohio trees. It’s the

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Summer research digs deep


    It’s something you’ve heard a lot about once you’ve been at Denison for a semester or two: how different life is during the summer; how nice it is to share campus with only a fraction of the student

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

Professors of the future


At a recent faculty meeting, Provost Kim Coplin announced the eight faculty members who have received tenure this year. The professors represent a diverse group of academic disciplines including political science, English, history, economics, communication, philosophy, international studies, religion, women’s

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Written By: Maggie Ranger '14 and Ginny Sharkey '83

Dodo revolution

Dodo Revolution

Ron Sandler ’95 hadn’t set foot on Denison’s campus for 17 years when he came back to talk to the philosophy department about woolly mammoths — and the pros and cons of bringing them back to life. Now an environmental

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Family matters


  Philosophers love to enlighten and debate, and coffee’s as good a reason as any to get the conversation going. At the start of Friday (Oct. 4) afternoon’s philosophy coffee, Department Chair Steve Vogel mentioned that he’d just received an

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Feeling lucky?

Illustration from John Lydgate's Siege of Troy, showing the Wheel of Fortune held/turned by the Quene of Fortune.

There’s no practical reason to keep that old baseball cap around, except that it’s your good luck charm. If you feel silly, though, you’re not alone. As a human race, we’ve been trying to control our fortunes for a while.

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Love and the liberal arts


When we first learned about Susan Kennedy’s lecture on the neuroscience of love, we just knew it had to be our Valentine’s Day story. But it also got us thinking about how love, that coolest, most human of qualities, might play

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‘You have spoken pointedly, but out of love for humankind’

Professor Ron Santoni

The Newark Advocate commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day today by reprinting an open letter written by Ron Santoni, originally published on June 29, 1967. Santoni, then an associate professor of philosophy and today the Maria Theresa Barney Chair Emeritus

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Amber, aliens & the American diaspora

Amber, Aliens, and the American Diaspora

Curtis Veggie, on the West Quad, is typically the place for special banquets. But on this particular September day, the menu was philosophy and political science, anthropology and art, economics and English, as scores of 2010 Summer Scholars served up

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