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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then ugliness is too. Umberto Eco explores human fascination and disgust towards ugliness. Also, find out how the oil industry benefited from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992. We hear about the drawings of French pointillist Georges Seurat. Plus: the far-reaching scandal involving former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson.

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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco on Ugliness

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….and ugliness may be too. Umberto Eco explores why humans are both attracted to and repelled by the monstrous in his new book On Ugliness.

Events: Umberto Eco will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm
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Georges Seurat’s Drawings at MoMA

French painter Georges Seurat is famous for his pointillist paintings, but his drawings were once described as "the most beautiful painter's drawings in existence." Jodi Hauptman has curated a new exhibit at Seurat’s drawings at MoMA.

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The Convict and the Congressman: A Major Scandal

When the FBI searched the home of Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson in 2005, they found tens of thousands of dollars in his freezer. We look into where the money came from, and how far the related corruption scandal spread. Andrew Rice’s article about the scandal in the November issue of ...

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How the Oil Industry Changed After the Cold War

Find out how the oil industry benefited from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992…and what that means for Central Asia today. Wall Street Journal correspondent Steven LeVine’s new book is The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea.

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