Humanities

Last Chance: Meet you at St Olaf College Next Week!

There is still time (barely) to sign up for our 2018 Biblical Archaeology Society seminar at St Olaf College in Northfield, MN, July 22-28, 2018. I just have a feeling that there are some of my Blog readers out there who might like to join us even at t...

Monday Missive – July 16, 2018

From Graduate Students to Teachers — My career as a university administrator can be traced back to the fall of 1990 when I became the English Department’s Director of the Graduate Programs.  In the process of serving in this position, I learned a lot about the demographics of our graduate program.  At the time, most of […]

Reading Mark and John: The First Burial of Jesus

I have been amazed over the years at what one assumes is in the New Testament Gospels and what is actually there. I have been teaching these texts for over 40 years and hardly a semester goes by when I don’t see something I had missed, or have so...

Monday Missive – June 25, 2018

Visiting Winnie-the-Pooh in Atlanta — This past weekend my wife and I went to Atlanta in order to attend a wedding for one of her college friends.  While we were there we visited the High Museum of Art and saw a a special traveling exhibition called “Winnie-the-Pooh:   Exploring a Classic.”  This exhibition will remain on view at the High Museum of Art through September 2, 2018.  For more information about this exhibition, please click on the following...

Monday Missive – June 18, 2018

Linguists on the Loose — It is sometimes difficult to keep track of the whereabouts of the linguists in our English Department, for they are often trotting around the globe, presenting papers at various international conferences.  There is, however, one person who has made it her business to monitor and report on the professional travels of these footloose faculty members, and that person in Liz Miller, who herself is something of a globetrotter.  Much like Winston...

Reading Mark and John: Naming the Names and Jesus’ First Burial

I have written several posts recently on the different Jesus traditions reflected in Mark, our earliest gospel, and John, our latest, namely on The Last Days of Jesus, A Wedding at Cana, The First Burial of Jesus, and Comparing our Earliest and Latest ...

Monday Missive – July 9, 2018

Summer of Research — Teaching is not just about conveying information to students;  it is also about developing students’ research skills.  This aspect of teaching often takes the form of mentoring, and it can involve including students in faculty members’ own research projects.  UNC Charlotte sponsors several summer programs that are intended to facilitate the development […]

Monday Missive – July 2, 2018

A Room for Anita Moss — Shortly after Anita Moss’s passing, I contacted the leadership of the Children’s Literature Association and shared with them the sad news about Anita.  I knew that Anita had been a very active member of the Children’s Literature Association during the late 1970s and ’80s, and I was sure that the […]

Some Notes on “Cosmic Thing” & Why It Is ‘Important’

These are really just notes, jotting down some ideas I had in the car yesterday for future reference. There’s a book project in here somewhere.   Most writing on The B-52s foregrounds their identities–queer, southern–and leaves the music in the......

My Keynote at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies

I’m giving a keynote talk at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies in Uppsala on Tuesday. Here’s the text of my talk....
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