"What’s the 'Value' of a College Education?" by Ben Mangrum

"What if a college degree no longer translated into substantial market benefits—would college still be worth it?"

"Oscar Picks: How to Watch…" by Ani Govjian

"We all want to catch up before earning the critiquing rights to the red carpet and 'who wore it best,' and there’s a right way and a wrong way."

"Reconsidering Time and Space: Brueghel’s The Harvesters" by Katherine Walker

"[The Harvesters] applies perspective to a naturalistic landscape and moves away from allegorical representations of the seasons. "

"The Trouble with Academese in Science" by Rachel Zamzow

"Most scientific journal articles are riddled with sentences in the passive voice, suggesting that the active voice is too heady and forceful, forbidden in the reserved field of science."

"When Everything Is Permanent: Some Thoughts on Depression" by Kevin Michael Klipfel

"Because of this high rate of failure in street photography, I’m quite interested in the kind of mental state a person must possess to engage in the enterprise without succumbing to despair."

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 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.