Humanities

Monday Missive – November 27, 2017

Mark West and Bill Hill

Learning from Bill Hill — At the end of this fall semester, Bill Hill, the Senior Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will retire.  Bill and I arrived at UNC Charlotte within two years of each other.  Bill came in 1982, and I came in 1984.  At the time, the English Department housed speech (as communication studies was then called), so we both started off as assistant professors in the same department.  Over the years,...

Can Different Religions All Be True?

Here is a segment from my various interviews with Dr. Robert Kuhn on his award-winning PBS program Closer to Truth. I am asked to address here the question “Can Different Religions All Be True?” You can view this and other interviews with me and a host of other historians, theologians, philosophers, physicists, psychologists, mathematicians, and [...]...

The Biopolitics of Vibratory Resonance

I’m speaking at the University of Cardiff on November 30th. This is the text of my talk; the intro is printed below.   Traditionally, in Anglo-American and Continental philosophy, music is addressed as the object of philosophical analysis: it is......

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......

Is This the End Time?

I explore this question from a biblical perspective with Dr. Robert L. Kuhn, host of the acclaimed PBS Series “Closer to Truth,” along with a host of perspectives from historians, scientists, philosophers, and theologians. You may view the whole series here, “Is This the End Time?”...

Blast from the Past: The Hidden Face of God

Here is a lecture I did over 20 years ago at Emmanuel Study Center in Athens, TN. The audience was  very mixed in composition, a group of Rabbis, Jews, Torah oriented Gentiels, and Christians. It is a bit of a teaser but the complete lecture with Q&A is available through Alden Films....

Monday Missive – November 20, 2017

Family, Friends, Food, and Film — I associate Thanksgiving with spending time with my family, connecting with friends, preparing and consuming food, and perhaps seeing a film at some point during the long Thanksgiving weekend.  All of these associations relate in one way or another to the film Pieces of April.  I didn’t see the film when it first came out in 2003, but my wife and I rented it a few years later when it came out on DVD.  It has since become my favorite...

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 [...]...
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