"Preludes" by Leslie Bazzett

"He watched her foot reach from the car, something inside chiming a warning; her small black ankle boot crunching the gravel. In this way, slowly, he found her the same."

"The Lives of the Pioneers" by Alyssa Knickerbocker

"She wondered if everyone felt this way, after such a thing: holding a person’s hands in your own and promising to love him until you die, the whole time watching the thoughts flicker in his eyes like figures moving behind a closed curtain, and understanding right then that you will never really know him, that he will always be a stranger to you."

"An Interview with Bas van der Vossen" by Jon Lawless

"After describing his 'market friendly' thinking, van der Vossen discusses the state of philosophical libertarianism and issues of political legitimacy and property rights."

"Renaissance Language-Learning: An Experiment" by Katherine Walker

"[H]ow did early modern individuals approach learning a foreign language? What types of mindset were involved in, for example, an English gentleman’s desire to learn French or Spanish or a woman’s quest to master Greek?"

"How to Deal with Assholes" by Kevin Michael Klipfel

"Want to reduce the asshole’s power? Have values."

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.