From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics.
Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Renowned South African poet and liberation struggle hero Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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Keorapetse Kgositsile was made South Africa’s national poet laureate in 2006, the only person to have been given the honour.
Cirque du Soleil is one of the many Canadian artist groups that have received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
(Cirque du Soleil)
The new creative framework policy put forth by the Canadian government has been criticized for its capitalist and Silicon Valley leanings. But it's actually Canada's best creative policy to date.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman.
The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg in the film “The Shape of Water.”
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This year's Toronto International Film Festival is a further example of how science, technology, engineering and math illuminate movies – and, in the process, our minds.
Sports and the arts are now separated, but it wasn't always like this.
The entrance of Arte Moris, Dili, Timor Leste 2017.
Art helps the youth of Timor Leste express their resistance to legal and political authority in the country.
Contemporary sculpture – but why bother?
Look back into prehistory and it's all about trusting strangers.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
After 71 dead refugees were found in an abandoned refrigeration truck in September 2015, the Bochum Theater organized a public reenactment of the tragedy.
In Germany – a country where going to the theater is a deeply ingrained cultural tradition – the stage is a place to confront pressing political issues.
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It's the 100th anniversary of the birth of graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner.
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What happens when funding isn’t just eroded, but is wiped away?
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The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block...again. But this time, the ideological justifications don't pass muster.
The election of a reality TV star as president crosses a new frontier.
No longer a smoke-and-mirrors spectacle enjoyed on a grand scale, entertainment is now indivisible from our daily life. From cricket matches to blockbuster shows, amusement is the name of the game.
Images of Castro as either a monster or saviour miss the mark, but his commitment to literacy and culture is undeniable.
Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid Festival: now, more than ever, we need artists to tell us the truth.
There was once a sense of excitement about creating a genuinely Australian culture and making our own way in the world. What's happened to that optimism?
A changing of the guard…will it make a difference?
The organisation Senator George Brandis described as having an “iron wall” around it, is refreshing its sentinels. This week’s announcement of four new appointments to the Australia Council Board represents…
Richard Ffarington painted idealised versions of Aboriginal people, as in King George Sound, 1840s.
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
The first Europeans to arrive in Western Australia were baffled by the strange land they saw. A new exhibition explores the Arcadia artists tried to transpose over native plants and people.
Many artists become teachers because they struggle to sustain a profession as an artist.
In the hierarchy of subjects, art is usually ranked at the bottom. Would teachers who have an artistic background help raise the status of the subject in schools?
Singapore and Australia have a lot in common.
You can drive across Singapore (population 5.5 million) in 45 minutes – roughly the same time it takes to reach Gawler from the Adelaide CBD. As an equatorial island, the climate is warm all the year round…