An Honest Tale Speeds Best: Shakespeare’s Influence in Recent Media

Shakespeare’s timeless stories are a frequent inspiration, even centuries after they were first written. (or borrowed or adapted, depending on who you ask!) For example, the slogan for Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”, is similar to the first line in Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent”. As we prepare for our discussion and…
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We Sing the Body Electric: Ray Bradbury’s Birth Anniversary

This year marks the 95th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's birth. While Bradbury grew up in Waukegan, his stories and novels took us far beyond his normal, Midwestern upbringing. As Ray Bradbury's biographer, Sam Weller was able to learn much about the author's life, as well as the inspiration for his books. This unprecedented access to Bradbury's life makes…
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Explore Afrofuturism!

I've always read science fiction, but at a young age I started looking for books and media that were more diverse. After all, Chicagoan Mae Jemison went into space, and I wanted to go, too! When I learned about the concept of Afrofuturism, loosely defined as the common themes in African-American science fiction, art and…
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