Humanities

Monday Missive – April 15, 2019

This Is What Community Engagement Looks Like —  Last week was National Volunteer Week.  In support of this national campaign, UNC Charlotte’s Office of Community Relations organized several volunteer opportunities for university employees.   Jennie Mussington and Angie Williams from our English Department both participated in this campaign.

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Jennie volunteered for “Operation Sandwich.”  Jennie and the...

Monday Missive – April 8, 2019

Shall We Dance — Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were both magnificent dancers on their own, but when they danced together they created cinematic magic.  One of the ten films that they did together was Shall We Dance, which came out in 1937.  I watched this film several years ago on my return flight after giving a talk at the National University of Singapore. The airline offered a whole array of old musicals, and I watched one after another.  I saw Shall We Dance on...

Happy New Year to all my Readers…

Happy Biblical New Year, Nisan/Aviv 1, the 1st day of the 1st month…Exodus 12:1 “This new [moon] shall be the beginning of the months [news moons] for you…A time to think back and forward and begin afresh, with Spring Sprung and the early “harvest” getting ripe. Aviv means “spring” or new....

Morton Smith and His “Secret Gospel of Mark”

There has been a lot of discussion over the past 45 years regarding the late Columbia University historian Morton Smith and his discovery, publication, and interpretation of a so-called “Secret Gospel of Mark” in 1973. According to Smith, fifteen years earlier he had come across, quite by accident, a copy of a letter of Clement [...]...

Monday Missive – April 1, 2019

Going Beyond the Classroom — The learning process is not limited to the classroom, and the same holds true for the teaching process.  Examples of how learning and teaching go beyond the classroom abound in our English Department.  Over the past week, three such examples came to my attention, and I thought I would share them with you in today’s Monday Missive.

Last week, students from Jen Munroe’s ENGL 4072/5072: Ecologies of Eating in Early Modern England...

Messiahs in the Time of Jesus

Messiahs in the Time of Jesus Josephus mentions dozen or more “messiah” figures beginning with Hezekiah/Ezekias c. 45 BCE whom the young Herod defeated whom he variously labels as “brigands” (ληστής) or “imposters” (γόης)—though he calls Judas the Galilean a “wise man” (σοφιστής) and credits him with the founding a the “fourth philosophy” (Jewish Antiquities18.23). [...]...

Revisiting Morton Smith: Jesus the Magician

Of the hundreds of books that are written in biblical scholarship every year, few make a long term impact and have an extended shelf life.   Very few indeed deserve to be read and reread thirty-five years after their original appearance.  Morton Smith’s Jesus the Magician is one of them, a twentieth-century classic, uncannily smart, incredibly [...]...

My PopCon 2018 Talk: “WOXY’s Gone To Heaven”: neoliberalism and the death of the “future of rock and roll”

I’m speaking at PopCon in Seattle again this year. Here’s the text of my talk....

Possibilist Speculation and Spotify Personas

Now that I’m finished with The Sonic Episteme I’m working on some currently very structureless project on the aesthetics of post-probabilist neoliberalisms. So this is me working through some ideas related to that project. At the level of math, derivatives......
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