Setenay Mufti is an arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a senior majoring in classics. She can be reached at [email protected]

Humanitarian conductor discusses Beethoven, empathy at music department event

Music is an art form that exists across cultures. Be it religious hymns or national anthems, music always has the ability to bring people together. This is the key philosophy behind Music for Life International, a nonprofit that organizes classical music concerts to raise money and promote dialogue about humanitarian crises around the world. One […]

‘Election’ proves eerily relevant 20 years after its release

Content warning: This article mentions sexual harassment. In the original trailer of “Election” (1999), the narrator speaks the words, “if you are one of the millions of Americans who still believes that honesty, integrity and fidelity are the cornerstones of our democracy, we suggest you wait for another preview before getting your popcorn.” If the lessons in […]

‘Halloween’ gives iconic slasher franchise a softer edge

Content warning: This article discusses violence. The most underrated quote from NBC’s “The Office” (2005–13) comes from Robert California, as he muses on Halloween: “Fear plays an interesting role in our lives. How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision-making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships? It’s funny isn’t it? […]

Harvard’s Carpenter Center explores James Baldwin’s world in photography exhibition

Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is currently showing “Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America,” a multi-artist photography exhibit running through Dec. 30. The exhibition highlights facets of African-American life in the north and south from the 1930s to the 1960s, providing a visual context to the stories of […]

‘Colette’ aims to honor scandalous novelist, but comes short

“Colette,” starring Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), follows the French novelist and actress whose husband took credit for her work for years until she asserted herself as a writer and began to publish under her own name, famously taking up a string of female lovers along the way. The movie follows Colette from her marriage through her […]

‘Animal House’ remains relevant, edgy 40 years later

Content warning: This article mentions rape. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) turned 40 this July. The movie follows two college first-years in 1962, Larry Kroger (Thomas Hulce) and Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst), who join the Delta Tau Chi fraternity and engage in unspeakable hijinks while fighting the Faber College administration, the posh rival fraternity Omega Theta […]

Art history professor Christina Maranci to speak on Armenian art, new book

Christina Maranci will give a lecture on her recently published book, “The Art of Armenia: An Introduction,” on Oct. 4, in which she will discuss the meaning and content of her book, as well as her own academic and creative processes. Maranci serves as chair of Tufts’ Art History department, as well as the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian […]

‘Madeline’s Madeline’ blends metaphor, reality through one girl’s eyes

“There you are,” the blurry, zoomed-in face of a nurse says to the audience in the first image of the “Madeline’s Madeline” (2018). Is she speaking to us the viewers, to a baby being born or to a patient rising from sleep? “What you are experiencing is just a metaphor,” the nurse seems to reassure. But […]

‘Museum of Capitalism’ gives reactionary, multi-faceted response to U.S. economics

The traveling “Museum of Capitalism” exhibit currently on display at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) describes itself as “an institution dedicated to educating present and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism through exhibitions, research, and publication.” In reality, it is a thorough and biting critique of capitalism through […]

‘The Night is Short, Walk on Girl’ is a tender, magical triumph

Overseen by visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, already known for “Kaiba” (2008) and “The Tatami Galaxy” (2010), “The Night is Short, Walk on Girl” (2017) is an adventure in absurdity, held together with unique hilarity and masterful animation. Based on Tomihiko Morimi’s novel of the same name, the film follows a Kyoto University student through the adventures of one impossibly long […]