Humanities

Monday Missive – August 12, 2019

Urban Connections — Our university has long identified itself as an urban institution.  Our university is named after the city of Charlotte.  Our university’s tag line is “North Carolina’s urban research university.”  Our university has a large facility called UNC Charlotte Center City.  This urban focus is also reflected in our teaching and service work.  I was reminded of our urban emphasis during a recent conversation I had with...

Speculative Appliance Jingle #1

I’m creating a small series of speculative sound pieces. They’re appliance jingles–you know, the little melody newer appliances play to indicate they are done. These are supposedly more pleasant alternatives to the traditional buzzer or bell…which recall jobsite sounds, like......

Travel with Me to Israel in March 2020!

If you want to travel with me to Israel in 2020 we have just opened registrations for a specialized tour like no other. I am just back from our Mt Zion excavation which marks my 70th trip to the Holy Land since my first visit with my family in the summer of 1962 at age [...]...

Monday Missive – July 22, 2019


Participating in the Personally Speaking Series
 — While reading the current issue of Exchange, I experienced a brief moment of disbelief when I started reading Susan Jetton’s article titled “Personally Speaking Series:  Authors Series Uncovers Stories Behind the Books.”  In the first sentence, Susan writes that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is about to “kick off the 10th season” of the...

Ancient “Game of Thrones”–First Archaeological Evidence of the 1099 Crusader Siege of Jerusalem: UNC Charlotte’s Mt Zion Dig in Jerusalem!

Major story breaking this morning on the 920th anniversary of the July 15, 1099 Crusader siege of Jerusalem, one of the bloodiest and most savage events in western history. We had amazing confirmation of the siege on the southern end of the city at our Mt Zion dig this summer. Here is a major news [...]...

Evidence of the Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem found in Mount Zion Excavation!

Press Release via Eureka Alert: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uonc-eot080819.php Researchers digging at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s ongoing archaeological excavation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem have announced a second significant discovery from the 2019 season – clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city from 587/586 BCE. [See Evidence for 1099 Crusader Siege of Jerusalem for [...]...

Monday Missive – August 5, 2019

Woodstock and the Counterculture Movement — Fifty years ago this month, nearly 500,000 young people converged on a dairy farm in White Lake, New York, to participate in the music festival known as Woodstock.  Promoted as “3 Days of Peace & Music,” Woodstock featured many of the most prominent rock and folk-rock stars of the time, including the following: Joan Baez; The Band; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Crosby,...

Monday Missive – July 29, 2019


Making Connections through Literature — Last week my wife and I traveled to Stockholm so that I could research the connections between Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren and Junibacken.  Promoted as a “children’s cultural center with books at its heart,” Junibacken combines the elements of an interactive children’s museum, a children’s theater, and a children’s bookstore. Junibacken opened to the public...

Monday Missive – July 15, 2019

Partnering with Kingston University — On Friday of last week, Provost Joan Lorden officially approved our proposed MA/MFA Dual Degree Program with Kingston University.  Since her counterpart at Kingston University had already signed the agreement, we are now cleared to launch this dual degree program in creative writing.  We will begin the process of launching the program this coming fall semester, and we expect to enroll students in the program...

Monday Missive – July 8, 2019

Welcome Back, Liz Miller — Liz Miller made her triumphant return to Charlotte last week after spending four months in Germany doing research for her Fulbright Research Fellowship.  We chatted for half and hour when she stopped by the department to pick up her mail.  I asked her to write up an account of her Fulbright adventure for this week’s Monday Missive.  Here is her response:

I returned to Charlotte last week, deeply grateful for the four months I was able...

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