"Forget the Alamo; Remember Pilar" by Ben Railton

"There are lots of reasons why I’d argue Lone Star should be viewed by all Americans, but if I had to boil those down to just one as well, I’d definitely go with the hugely representative character of Pilar Cruz (Elizabeth Peña)."

"Parenthood and Caring-Compatible Selfishness" by Rhys Southan

"[I]f we’ve lost a once-significant selfish reason for having kids, as Sarah Perry alleges, this raises the obvious question of why so many people still want children."

"Pasties and Pedagogy: Historical Cooking in the Classroom" by Katherine Walker

"To uncover the cadences of early modern lived experience, and in order to share those experiences with my students, I decided to host a Renaissance meal for a few guests."

"Boyhood: The Beauty in a Normal Life" by Tyler Hein

"The lack of lucidity between scenes and years reflects the idea that in life, unlike in films, the important moments are rarely the ones you think they’ll be."

"Avengers to Watch Out For, or, the Cultural Saturation of Comics" by Anneke Schwob

"Will comics readers get more of Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, who has to balance her Muslimah-American identity with her emerging superpowers? Or will we be forced to return, as always, to a Captain America who’s here to save the American way?"

Forum: Cultural Interventions

“Cultural Interventions” is interested in the ways in which culture (pop or otherwise) informs our economics, politics, and our daily judgments.

Forum: Intellectual Spaces

“Intellectual Spaces” explores those institutional centers in which social conventions condense and become organized structures.

Ethos Journal

Our journal serves as a venue for public intellectuals to consider the arts and humanities as powerful forces that help to configure our economics, politics, and everyday existence.
Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals ARH_bluesupported by the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This digital project provides a space for debating—and indeed producing—powerful cultural ideas through our weekly forums and a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal.

Interested in writing for Ethos? We're seeking contributions from authors interested in topics about the arts, humanities, or public ethics. Many of our contributors are faculty members at universities, graduate students, artists, teachers, or regular bloggers. We welcome interesting topics and posts for consideration. Our weekly forum posts typically run from 300-700 words. If you would like to submit a post, please email Ben Mangrum (bmangrum@email.unc.edu) or Katie Walker (walkerkn@email.unc.edu) with an idea or post.