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07/31/2018

Six Questions for Melanie Masterton Sherazi

Melanie Masterton Sherazi has a fascination with Rome. Not the iconic Rome of the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. Rather, Sherazi’s focus—and the theme of the book she is currently writing—is the literature, visual culture, and performance art produced by African Americans in Rome during the Cold War. Sherazi, the Howard E. and Susanne C. Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in the Humanities at Caltech, became interested in this field of study through the work of the late African American expatriate author William Demby. Intrigued by Demby’s work after reading his semiautobiographical experimental novel The Catacombs (1965), Sherazi went on to edit his final completed manuscript, King Comus, after his death in 2013. The novel was published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company in 2017.
Melanie Masterton Sherazi standing infront of a large bookshelf
07/18/2018

Democracies More Prone to Start Wars – Except When They're Not

Emily Velasco
A new study reveals surprising findings about how democracy affects international peace.
A black-and-white photo of soldiers standing in a row, holding their weapons
07/03/2018

Buying Under the Influence (of Testosterone)

Emily Velasco
Researchers examine testosterone's effect on men's desire for goods that are considered to have social cachet.
Two men sit in a Porsche while a police officer talks to them. A few more officers stand nearby, looking on.
06/28/2018

Caltech Scientists Can Predict Intelligence from Brain Scans

Emily Velasco
The approach is a step toward developing a tool for diagnosing conditions like autism, schizophrenia, and anxiety
An artist's rendering of a human brain in front of a background of scientific imagery
06/15/2018

Congratulations to the 2018 HSS Prize Winners

It’s that time of year again, when the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates the accomplishments of our talented undergraduate and graduate students. We are pleased to present the 2017-2018 prize winners…
2018 Prize Winners
06/15/2018

Three Cheers for the Class of 2018!

On the occasion of Caltech’s 124th annual commencement ceremony, the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to present another group of outstanding PhD recipients. Please join us in congratulating the class of 2018 on their next steps.
Commencement 2018
06/14/2018

There's Waldo!

Emily Velasco
Caltech researchers have discovered the neurons that activate when a person finds an item they are looking for.
A black-and-white photograph of a crowd of people moving through a train station.
05/23/2018

Caltech Partners with Orange County to Assess Integrity of June Primary Elections

Emily Velasco
Michael Alvarez, a professor of political science at Caltech, and Neal Kelley, Orange County's registrar of voters, are partnering for an election-integrity project.
An image of red, white, and blue buttons reading
05/03/2018

Caltech, The Huntington to Celebrate Frankenstein's 200th Anniversary with Conference

Emily Velasco
Caltech and The Huntington Library are hosting Frankenstein: Then and Now, 1818–2018, a conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's timeless novel.
Drawing of Victor Frankenstein working on his monster. A skeleton lies on the table in front of him
05/01/2018

Author to Speak about Writing, Alcoholism, and Getting Sober

Emily Velasco
Leslie Jamison, an essayist and best-selling author of books that include The Gin Closet: A Novel and The Empathy Exams: Essays, will speak about her struggles with alcoholism chronicled in her new memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.
Portrait of author Leslie Jamison
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