Back in the dim and misty days of the early 1990s, when I was a freshman in college, I enrolled in a course called Honors Humanities. It was abbreviated in the course catalog as HHUM and therefore known by students as HoHum. It was a three-semester survey of Western Civilization that was taught by a team of faculty from the history, art history, religion, and literature departments.

I like to think I've come a long way since the dim and misty days of the early 1990s, but HoHum shaped my intellectual foundations. I've always appreciated its multidisciplinary approach to history. It taught me a key reality: nothing happens in isolation. Art is shaped by politics; science is shaped by literature. And so here I am today, with a blog that attempts the same strategy.

I'm a freelance writer and author with three books to my name. You can learn more about my work and find links to my books at my personal website, www.lunday.com.

Elizabeth Lunday has hosted five Episodes.