College Letter 02/2015
A new course in philosophy challenges students to a happy life.
With freezing temperatures and waves of winter storms inundating much of the country, it’s hard not to feel a little worn out. Beyond light therapy boxes and keeping our chins up, is there anything we can do to sustain a little positivity? Students in Professor Paul McNamara’s new philosophy course, “Happiness, Well-Being, and a Good Life,” are considering their options. [Read more]
Ph.D. candidate Justin Young explores community relationships in Manchester, N.H.’s increasingly diverse neighborhoods.
It was only a generation ago that Manchester residents joked about needing a passport to visit the French-Canadian neighborhoods on the city’s west side. Cross the Merrimack River and you might hear conversations in French while getting poutine at a neighborhood restaurant. For decades, it’s what passed for diversity in a city with a homogenous racial make-up. Things changed quickly, though: since 1990, Manchester’s demographics have shifted from a population that was more than 95 percent non-Hispanic white people to less than 80 percent. [Read more]
Professor Sean Moore’s grant-funded research finds early American libraries were financed through slave trade profits.
Sean Moore spends his days in solitude, surrounded by books and papers hundreds of years old. For this associate professor of English, it doesn’t get any better than this. Moore is on a six-month fellowship at Newport Mansions in Rhode Island where he is conducting research at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the oldest lending library in America, founded in 1747 by Abraham Redwood. Mr. Redwood, it turns out, was a slave trader—and a rich one. [Read more]