Humanities

The root cause of the sexual assault/harassment epidemic: Though prohibited de jure, culture de facto entitles men to the use of women’s bodies as sexual property

In the last few weeks, each day seems to bring news that yet another handful of prominent men are serial sexual assailants and/or harassers. As a feminist political philosopher, I know that this is not a matter of bad apples,......

Novelty, Speculation, Heartbreak: How pop music conceives of “the future” (1983-2017)

I’m giving a talk at the end of the month at the Future Sounds of Pop Music conference in Bern. Here’s the (too)full text of the talk. I’ve reprinted the introduction below. Looking at US and UK pop from the......

Monday Missive – November 13, 2017

Service to the Profession — Last week Pilar Blitvich showed me a copy of the latest issue of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, a journal that she co-edits.  As I thumbed through the issue, I was impressed with the international nature of this journal.  Both the articles and the contributors have connections with many different countries.  The fact that Pilar plays such a key role in editing this international journal underscores for me the importance...

Monday Missive – October 30, 2017


 

A Friendly Takeover — In the realm of corporate business, hostile takeovers are commonplace, but in the realm of our English Department a completely different kind of takeover took place last week.  The students associated with Sigma Tau Delta and the Early Modern Paleography Society (with assistance from our other student groups) organized a “Haunted English Department Takeover” on Friday, October 27.  Many of us on the faculty and staff opened...

My Talk at the New England Popular Culture Association 2017 Meeting

I’m talking about “Chill Moderation & Feminine Loudness” today (Friday 10/27/17) at the NEPCA meeting in Amherst, MA. Here is the copy of the outline I’ll be speaking from....

Jesus, His Brother James, and Peter: When a Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Few readers of the English Bible realize that the name “James” actually comes from the Hebrew name Jacob or Yaaqov, which adds to the confusion over the various “Jameses” mentioned in the New Testament. There is, of course, Jacob the Patriarch, grandson of Abraham; James the Apostle, the fisherman brother of John and one of [...]...

Remembering Sir Flinders Petrie

One of the special perks of having Dr. Shimon Gibson as our director at our UNC Charlotte sponsored Mt. Zion excavations is having him guide us about the Old City of Jerusalem. Dr. Gibson, or “Shimon,” as we affectionately call him, is not only an expert on the archaeology of the ancient Levant but he [...]...

Monday Missive – November 6, 2017

Connecting with the Public Library — For the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the beginning of November is a special time of the year, for this is when two of the public library’s signature events take place.  On November 2, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation held Verse & Vino, the library’s biggest fundraising event.  On November 4, the public library held EpicFest, a free, daylong festival celebrating children’s literature...

If I Ascend to Heaven . . . Paul’s Journey to Paradise

I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Chicago, on “Paul’s Ascent to Paradise” under the direction of Jonathan Z. Smith, the late and great Robert M. Grant, and Bernard McGinn. Its focus was the celebrated passage where Paul reports his extraordinary experience, as a “man in Christ” who was taken to the “third [...]...

Music as resistance in a Nazi concentration camp: Two upcoming events in Charlotte

As a Holocaust historian and educator, I am often asked, “Why did no one resist?” Fortunately, there was considerable resistance, from many quarters and in many forms. This becomes more visible when we break free from narrow definitions of “resistance” —such as the notion that only armed struggle qualifies as resistance. UNC Charlotte is hosting two events this fall, on November 16 and December 3, that highlight a particularly striking, powerful, and widespread...

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