Collage featuring William Shakespeare and weather, forest and medieval people and figures.

Images: Folger Digital Image Collection; Composite by Nathaniel Kilcer

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Industrial Revolution is when most scientists believe global warming began, but the Bard begs to differ. Bella Mirabella, associate professor of literature and humanities at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, scoured William Shakespeare’s plays and found prophetic references to climate change in several of them. As You Like It; Henry IV, Part 2; Julius Caesar; King Lear; and The Merry Wives of Windsor all warn audiences of the dangers to nature from human actions, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most explicit. “Seasons alter”—frosts attack the roses, while summer flowers grow when there should be ice. It’s worth noting that during Shakespeare’s time, an overwhelming need for wood for fuel and construction led to deforestation across Europe, which may be why, in 1599, the Globe Theatre was built using repurposed lumber. Reduce, reuse, recycle, 16th-century style.
—Barbara Stepko (CAS ’82)

A still from the 2016 French film Swagger.

A still from the 2016 French film “Swagger,” written and directed by Olivier Babinet.

The International Language of Movies

With a student body comprising people from 70 other countries, NYU Shanghai is dedicated to transcending borders. In keeping with that goal, the school launched its inaugural Global Perspectives on Society Film Series, with a focus on cross-cultural filmmaking. On the lineup: Swagger from France, Sweet Bean from Japan, and A Touch of Sin from China. Organizers plan on expanding the series each semester, using cinema to inspire classroom discussions. “The series is an extension of the kind of work that is going on here—helping students see things through another set of eyes,” says Fareed Ben-Youssef, a film scholar and Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow, who helped organize the series. “By its very nature, film can viscerally invite us into the lives of others, whether it’s a Chinese nightclub or the projects of Paris.”  
—Barbara Stepko (CAS ’82)
 (Photo © Kidam Productions)





“By its very nature, film can viscerally invite us into the lives of others, whether it’s a Chinese nightclub or the projects of Paris.”


The Great Byzantine Cooking Show

For the event “An Appetite for the Past,” scholars from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) partnered with the College of Arts and Science’s anthropology department and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s nutrition and food studies department to re-create dishes from ancient societies. The project’s main collaborators were ISAW visiting assistant professor Yitzchak Jaffe, an anthropological archaeologist, and Kelila Jaffe (no relation), an archaeologist and chef pursuing a PhD in food studies. “Taste can help us understand who people were,” says Yitzchak Jaffe. And while all things epicurean is trendy, notes Kelila Jaffe, “our ancestors were doing this before it was cool.”
—Barbara Stepko (CAS ’82)
 (Photo by Nathaniel Kilcer)

Recipe: Parrotfish with Pickled Lemon Relish
This recipe comes from Uri Jeremias of the Israeli restaurant Uri-Buri. He uses garum, a sauce made of fermented anchovies, which dates to ancient Roman times.
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Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss

During this centennial year marking the end of World War I, NYU Press presents this collection of extremely rare works (not published in English since the 1930s) from Erich Maria Remarque, author of the 1929 masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front. Larry Wolff, Arts and Science professor of history, along with Harvard’s Maria Tatar, a fellow at NYU’s Remarque Institute, wrote the book’s introduction. The German novelist’s “antiwar message remains, sadly, always current,” Wolff says, “and the horrors that his work evokes are recognizable to every generation.”
—Barbara Stepko (CAS ’82)
(Photo © Kidam Productions; book cover courtesy of NYU Press)

Black and white photo of Erich Maria Remarque.

Cover of the book Eight Stories featuring an illustration of a rifle sticking out of the ground with a soldier’s helmet hanging on the tip of the barrel.