Humanities

The History of the Adventist Davidians of the 1950s in Waco–Before David Koresh

In this informal round-table discussion with 1950s Davidian spokesperson Dudley Goff, Dr. James D. Tabor (UNC Charlotte), and Dr. Philip Arnold (Reunion Institute, Houston, TX) explore the origins of the Millerites, the Seventh Day Adventists, and the early Davidian movement led by Victor Houfeff, that flourished from 1935-1959 outside Waco, TX. David Koresh, who was [...]...

T.J. Reddy: Charlotte’s Own Civil Rights Activist, Poet, and Artist

As I reflect on the on the recent demonstrations and protest marches in Charlotte and the rest of our country in response to the killing of George Floyd, I am reminded of the life and legacy of T.J. Reddy, one of Charlotte’s leading civil rights activists.  Reddy died on March 31, 2019, but he and today’s protesters are all part of a longer struggle for social justice.  As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends...

War Stories

With Memorial Day upon us, now is a fitting time not only to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the military but also to reflect on the power and significance of well-told war stories.  The type of war stories that I find most moving are those that focus on how individuals respond to the high-stakes situations associated with wars.  Two such books are Wynne’s War (2014) by Aaron Gwyn and Two Souls Indivisible:  The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam (2004)...

There is a “Secret” Embedded in Mark, our earliest Gospel?

Clearly in Mark the Twelve male disciples are complete failures and are never presented as heroes, even at the end. However, what we do find in Mark, in stark contrast to this chosen group, are three unnamed women who become Mark’s heroines and carry the core message of the entire book for those readers with [...]...

Enrolling in my online Fall 2020 “Theories of Neoliberalism” grad/undergrad seminar as a non-UNCC student

As part of UNCC’s plan to have a mix of F2F, hybrid, and fully online courses in the fall to deal with COVID-19, my 4000/5000 level seminar has been moved fully online. This means that it’s possible for non-local people......

What is Salvation?

Many years ago I when I was studying the history of religions I was taught to ask about the various religions of “salvation” that so thickly filled the Hellenistic-Roman world (400 BCE-300 CE) to pose the following probing questions of any text or system of religious thinking about humanity and our place in the cosmos–past, [...]...

Of Gardens, Books, and Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth Lawrence

Like many of my friends and family members, I have turned to gardening in an effort to relieve the stresses associated with living through our current pandemic.  It would be more accurate to say that I have returned to gardening since I once had a nice vegetable garden, but it turned into a weed patch many years ago.  Given my renewed interest in gardening, my wife and son gave me for my birthday an assortment of herbs to plant in my garden, and my sister...

Of Anchors, Books, and Juggling Women

My guess is that in other cities television news anchors and radio broadcasters don’t generally write books, but in Charlotte it’s another story.   This month Molly Grantham, a WBTV news anchor, published her second book, The Juggle Is Real:  The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom.  Grantham is not the only Charlotte-area anchor or broadcaster to have published multiple books.  Sheri Lynch of the Bob and Sheri radio show has also published...

The Forging of Andrew Hartley’s Impervious

In our roles as UNC Charlotte professors, Andrew Hartley and I were both on campus on April 30th of last year, the day that two UNC Charlotte students lost their lives in a shooting that took place in a campus classroom.  I had left campus about fifteen minutes before the shooting occurred.  Andrew, however, was in the middle of an end-of-year theatre departmental celebration when the shots rang out, so he and his students experienced first-hand the terror of huddling in a dressing...

The Sonic Episteme PODCAST

So, I was supposed to go on a book tour of sorts this spring. For obvious reasons that didn’t happen. So, I thought I’d make a podcast series about the book. Each short episode covers one of the book’s chapters,......