Happy Easter!

The bells are off to Rome during this solemn time remembering Jesus' death. But they'll be back on Easter! And bringing eggs and candy with them.

Buried Alive, with Bells

Happy Halloween! Bells have a sinister side, too, you know. As my colleague Tiffany Ng has argued in her doctoral dissertation, in cultural representations bells have been associated with utopias and dystopias—death, decay, and all the rest of it. And we don’t even have to look at cultural representations—we can just look at the macabre …

Democratic National Convention Logo

The symbolism of the Liberty Bell is most certainly not dead. As a nod to this year's host city, the Democratic National Convention is using the Liberty Bell in their logo. Liberty, freedom, emancipation, women's suffrage--it's all wrapped up in that bell.