Humanities

Philosophy, Private Property, and Sound

This is a quick post; I’m sure I’ll come back to it later. However, I have some thoughts I want to capture before they’re gone.   After reading and teaching Ashon Crawley’s Blackpentecostal Breath, I’ve been thinking a lot about......

On Hartmut Rosa’s theory of ‘resonant democracy’ & The Sonic Episteme

Here’s an excerpt from my book/manuscript The Sonic Episteme; it’s in a chapter on acoustic resonance as political ontology and follows a discussion of Ranciere’s Disagreement, Cavarero’s For More Than One Voice, & Fred Evans’s The Multivoiced Body.   German......

April 19, 1993–Waco Branch Davidian Tragedy Going on 25 Years

April 19th has become a day of infamy in American history with the Branch Davidian tragedy in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the horrible Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City FBI building bombing in 1995. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Waco. As some of you know this hits home with me in a personal way [...]...

Monday Missive – April 17, 2017

National Poetry Month Meets Earth Day

April is National Poetry Month, and April 22 is Earth Day. As I see it, these two celebrations not only overlap in terms of time, but they also speak to each other in meaningful ways. Since ancient times poets have been inspired by the natural world. Many of today’s poets also write about nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Three such poets are Christopher Davis, Allison Hutchcraft, and Grace Ocasio,...

The Real Jesus: Robert Powell Revisits the Holy Land 50 Years after Zeffirelli’s Classic “Jesus of Nazareth”

Don’t miss “The Real Jesus”  that premiers on Sunday at 8pm ET on the Smithsonian Channel. This four-part series takes the famous 1977 Franco Zeffirelli’s  “Jesus of Nazareth” film star, Robert Powell, who became to the masses the quintessential blue-eyed “Jesus,” back to the Holy Land on the 50th anniversary of the film to explore [...]...

Monday Missive – April 24, 2017

Our Students’ Winning Ways — Last Friday was a remarkable day for many of the students associated with the English Department.  Not only were 25 of our students recognized at our annual Student Awards Ceremony, but a number of our students achieved recognition at two other events that also took place on Friday.

Peter Fields

During an awards ceremony sponsored by the Graduate School, Peter Fields received the Graduate School’s Outstanding Teaching...

The Only Authentic 1st Century Burial Shroud Ever Discovered in Jerusalem

Various TV programs during this Spring/Easter season have focused on the question of the authenticity of the controversial “Shroud of Turin,” Those challenging the authenticity of this ancient relic point to carbon dating tests done at three independent labs in 1988 that dated samples of its cloth to AD 1260-1390, which coincides with the first [...]...

Noisy Feminists, Neoliberal Sophrosyne, & Lemonade’s Demonic Calculus–my talk at NYU Musicology 4/27/17

I’m speaking at NYU’s Music Colloquium on Thursday April 27th. Here’s the text of my talk. I’ve put the introduction below.   Anne Carson’s “The Gender of Sound” studies the women of classical Greek literature. They are presented as “a......

On musical metaphors in string theory

This is the first draft of part of the last chapter of my current manuscript-in-process, The Sonic Episteme: acoustic resonance & post-identity biopolitics. String theory is a subdiscipline within physics that blends general relativity (which focuses on macrocosmic spacetime) with......

Passover, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday: Digging into our Sources

So once again Holy Week has arrived. Palm Sunday was yesterday, clouded by the horrific bombings of the Christian gatherings in Egypt. Today is the 14th of the Jewish month of Nisan, with the festival of Passover beginning at sundown.  Jews around the world will gather to solemnly remember and celebrate the LORD God who [...]...
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