Humanities

Neoliberal Legitimacy in Politics & Music: On Cooper’s Family Values & Chapman’s The Jazz Bubble

I couldn’t find a place for this piece on Melinda Cooper’s Family Values & Dale Chapman’s The Jazz Bubble, so here is a very long and unedited version of it. If any editor wants to run a shorter, cleaner version,......

Mocking Jesus!

My wife Lori often offers comments on my various blog posts, articles, and papers, as one “outside the field,” so to speak. Her field is English Literature but more often than not she sees things that I have missed. Sometimes we who are the so-called “experts” in our fields are too close and miss the [...]...

Monday Missive – December 3, 2018

Off We Go to Oxford University — Nearly every week I write about our English Department in my Monday Missives, but I have not yet given a conference presentation about our department.  That’s about to change this week.  I am heading off to Oxford University where I will deliver a presentation at the Oxford Education Research Symposium on Wednesday.  The rather grandiose title of my presentation is “The Future of the Humanities in Post-Secondary Education.”...

My 2018 In Review

Here’s a list of all the stuff I did, professionally, this year. I’m using this as the building blocks for my annual self-evaluation for work, so if I get a bit obnoxious discussing impact, that’s why. Research and Writing The......

My UW Madison Talk: Must Be Love On The Brain?: How can feminists reconcile our love of artworks with our disgust at the misogynist artists who made them?

On Friday November 30th I’ll be speaking at the music department at UW Madison. Here’s the text of my talk. I’ve copied the introduction below. “Artistic success in the contemporary Euroethnic art world is perceived by all as the payoff......

Monday Missive – December 10, 2018

International Accord — My Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary provides the following definition for the word accord:  “to bring into agreement; … to be consistent or in harmony.”  This word popped into my mind as I was leaving the Oxford Education Research Symposium last Friday afternoon.  Of the many conferences that I have attended over the decades, this one is by far the most international in nature.  This year’s Oxford Education...

Racism and Anti-Semitism

Racism and Anti-Semitism Are Not Intrusions of a Dark Past Into Our Present

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From the truth of sex to the truth of gender

This is me throwing a brand new idea out there to see if it works. It’s not fully developed and lacks references, but I just wanted to toss it out into the world and see what sticks. In The History......

Monday Missive – November 26, 2018

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Julian Dewey Mason, Jr. –The English Department is sponsoring a celebration of the life and legacy of Julian Mason, who died on March 20, 2018.  This event will take place in the English Department’s Seminar Room (Fretwell 290B) on Friday, November 30 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  The department is organizing this event at the request of Julian’s wife, Elsie Mason, along with a group of Julian’s friends, professional...

Monday Missive – November 19, 2018

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Little Women with Daniel Shealy — One hundred and fifty years ago this fall the Boston publisher Roberts Brothers brought out the first volume of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, one of the most influential books in the history of American children’s literature.  Robert Brothers published the second volume in April 1869, which is why the sesquicentennial celebrations surrounding the...

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