Humanities

Monday Missive – October 21, 2019

Two Poems for Now — I have long admired Elijah Cummings, the congressman from Baltimore who died last week, so I paid particular attention to the news coverage surrounding his passing.  Several of the stories that I saw on television included a video clip of the very first speech he ever gave in Congress back in 1996. In this speech, he recited the following poem titled “Just a Minute” by the famed civil rights leader Benjamin Mays:

I only have a minute,...

Monday Missive – October 7, 2019

Honoring Leon Gatlin, One of the Founders of the English Department — With the death of Leon Gatlin on October 3, 2019, the English Department lost a friend, a former colleague, and a link to the department’s origin story.  A native of North Carolina, Leon earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Wake Forest and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.  He joined UNC Charlotte’s English Department in 1966 and remained a member of the faculty until his retirement...

Monday Missive – September 30, 2019

Center for Puppetry Arts

Anniversaries — In celebration of our 32nd anniversary, my wife (Nancy) and I traveled to Atlanta for a quick getaway this past weekend.  We packed a lot into two days.  We saw the Romare Bearden’s Profile Series Exhibit at the High Museum of Art, and we were pleased to see that number of works on exhibit are based on his experiences in the Charlotte area. We took the behind-the-scenes tour at the Georgia Aquarium, and we saw the giant whale...

Monday Missive – September 16, 2019

Back in the Groove — In August 1998, the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back made its debut.  Based on Terry McMillan’s 1996 novel of the same title, this film had a great opening weekend, and it went on to become one of the most successful romantic comedies from the 1990s.  Shortly after the release of the film, I started hearing more and more people saying the word “groove,” and this pleased me.  I like the word “groove” because it...

Monday Missive – September 9, 2019

International Connections — Every September UNC Charlotte holds its now famous International Festival.  This year’s 44th annual International Festival will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in and around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.  For more information about this year’s International Festival, please click on the following link:  https://ifest.uncc.edu/

Given that the International Festival...

Monday Missive – October 14, 2019

Pictures by Paula Eckard

Bridging the Years — For me, attending Leon Gatlin’s memorial service last week had a bittersweet quality to it.  I felt a sense of sadness, but I also took pleasure in seeing so many former members of our department gathered together to remember and honor Leon.  As I exchanged greetings with these retired members of our department, memories of my early days in the department kept surfacing.  

Seeing David Amante and John McNair together,...

Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms, Orientation, & Sexuality

This is all very much at the work-in-progress stage, but I think I’m onto something here. This is the background theoretical stuff informing my recent Real Life article about Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” As post-probabilist rationality According to Amoore, possibilist calculus uses the aesthetic sensibilities of programmers, engineers, and users to supplement the mathematical and computational tools......

Monday Missive – September 23, 2019

Welcoming Gina Kelley — Last week I was pleased to announce that Gina Kelley accepted the Academic Advisor position in the English Department with a starting date of Monday, September 30, 2019.  However, Gina is already moving into her new office, and she is excited about becoming a member of our departmental family.

Gina has a wealth of experience as a professional advisor.  She has served as an Academic Advisor for the College of Computing and Informatics since...

Aesthetics and Horizon in Possibilist/Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m doing some of the ground-floor research for the follow-up to Resilience & Melancholy & The Sonic Episteme. Those focused on probabilist neoliberalisms; the next project focuses on post-probabilist ones. Here I work through Louise Amoore’s claim that possibilist calculus......

Remembering David S. Tabor

My dearly beloved oldest son, David Tabor, age 51, lost his battle with cancer after a long struggle on Friday morning August 30th. He died at MDAnderson Cancer Center in Houston, so he had access to the best most innovative care, but things were too advanced by the time he was diagnosed. His mother Linda [...]...
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