Feb 9, 2016
New Book Explores Political Philosopher’s Original Position
What basic rules would you choose to form a society, if you were completely ignorant of your religion, race or socioeconomic status in that society? That question forms the basis of the original position, a thought experiment introduced by one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century, John Rawls. In a new book edited by NC State philosophy professor Timothy Hinton, he and a dozen other scholars offer a range of perspectives on Rawls’ influential theory.
Jan 15, 2016
State Department Taps Security Policies Expert for Jefferson Fellowship
The U.S. Department of State recently named political scientist and Science, Technology and Society program director Kathleen Vogel to its 12th class of Jefferson Science Fellows, a group of scholars who serve one-year assignments as science advisers on foreign policy issues.
Jan 13, 2016
Experiencing King from New Angles
NC State digital humanities scholars are using technology to illuminate Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in new ways, allowing the public to not only read or listen to his speeches, but experience them.
Jan 6, 2016
Start-Up Connects Micro-Entrepreneurs With Tourists
Researchers at NC State University say they’ve created a way for the public to easily find and connect with tourism micro-entrepreneurs, the smallest of small business owners who often not only serve as experts at their crafts but are top-notch tour guides in their community.
Dec 21, 2015
Year in Review: Top Humanities and Social Sciences Stories of 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, take a look back at some of our top stories of the year. This snapshot of the innovative and purposeful work that stems from our students, faculty, alumni and friends, underscores a fact that's clearer now than ever: the humanities and social sciences are not just relevant to solving the problems of the 21st century, they are essential.
Nov 13, 2015
The Scoop on Dog Poop: Grad Student’s Research Informs the Public
Clodagh Lyons-Bastian is well aware of the dog poop conversation in Raleigh. After noticing more and more of her neighbors lamenting about unpicked-up poop, she decided to research attitudes and behaviors around dog waste removal while earning her master’s degree in communication this year. Now the recent graduate and public speaking lecturer is sharing her findings, both with area residents and a municipal advisory board, to help create a cleaner city.
Nov 4, 2015
Lawmakers, political scientists to talk gerrymandering during Holtzman forum
Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing electoral districts to advantage one political party over another — will be the topic of discussion when state lawmakers, political scientists and demographers gather on Nov. 11 for the annual Abe Holtzman Public Policy Forum.
Nov 2, 2015
Foreign Language Prof’s Poetry Spans 40 Creative Years
Tom Feeny started teaching language and literature courses in 1959 and has been teaching at NC State since 1970. However, he’s been writing poetry since he was a teenager. That early pastime became an avocation he’s pursued ever since, motivated by the pure satisfaction of the creative act.
Oct 16, 2015
VOLAR: Translating Needs into Action
NC State is addressing the Raleigh community's need for Spanish translators while giving students plenty of practice with their Spanish skills and exposure to our city's Hispanic culture. VOLAR is a win-win Think and Do program.
Oct 15, 2015
English Professor’s Film Brings Oxford Archaeological Project to Life
“Great Houses Make Not Men Holy,” a film co-created by professor of medieval and early modern literature Jim Knowles, virtually reconstructs a medieval friary at Oxford, England. Oxford Archaeology has been excavating the site where a shopping mall now stands, and the group is using Knowles’ film to add context to the artifacts they're finding.