Monthly Archives: March 2013

Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quijote de la Mancha” – Dillon Carroll

The Don Quijote Honors College takes inspiration from its namesake, the Castilian classic Don Quijote de La Mancha. The basic story is famous- In the hot, dusty plains of 17th century Spain (think of a landscape remarkably similar to southwest Oklahoma), a gentleman whose obsession with novels of knight errantry results in him losing his […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way”: Terence, Plautus, and The Rome of Cicero – William Lonn

In The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton sets out to portray what life, in general, was like within the Roman civilization and, furthermore, the impact Rome has had on the modern Western world.  As you recall, the first two chapters cover how much information about everyday Roman life can be gained from reading the comedies of […]

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 21” – Robert Sparks

When I was a young piano student, one of the things that annoyed me was the fact that none of the music I was learning had an interesting name. Everything was Sonata No. 4, or Etude in G Minor, or some such thing equally unimaginative. That’s why I was so excited whenever my teacher would […]

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” – Kelsey Kolbe

Shakespeare is believed to have penned Macbeth between 1603 and 1607, during the early years of the reign of James I, the former king of Scotland. It is one of his most powerful, intriguing, and heart-wrenching plays, replete with murder, passion, sorcery, and madness. In his depiction of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare demonstrates the […]

Richard Feynman’s “The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences” – Dillon Carroll

In chapter 3, Feynman describes the relationship between physics and the other branches of science, namely, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, and psychology, which can all be described in terms of physics. As Feynman himself says towards the end of the chapter, “in order for physics to be useful to other sciences in a theoretical way, […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way” Chapters 1 & 2 – Tyler Tennant

Aspects of Roman civilization, including language, popular culture, science, and religion, are given considerable amount of study in many modern undergraduate degrees. Drama was a significant part of Roman culture, and Edith Hamilton believes that much of the spirit of the Roman people can be found in this drama they loved so dearly. For some, […]

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 20” – Robert Sparks

Of all the piano concertos that Mozart wrote, only two of them are in a minor key. The first of these is Mozart’s 20th piano concerto in D minor. Although all of Mozart’s piano concertos get played frequently, this one is often a favorite of pianists because of the high level of drama that Mozart […]