Lendol Calder was recently quoted in The New York Times on February 5, 2008 in an article entitled, “Economy Fitful, Americans Start to Pay as They Go”. Lendol is the author of “Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit”.
Lendol Calder has just put out a four-minute movie about Holden 2008 on the S: drive in the file with his name on it, called “Holden Slide show Brief”. Lendol has also posted the movie to the Augustana Holdenite Facebook site. Take a look!
Kirsten Day recently served as guest editor for a special issue of the Classics journal "Arethusa," which featured essays on Classics in cinema which she collected and edited. The special issue ("Arethusa" vol. 41.1 winter 2008) is entitled "Celluloid Classics: New Perspectives on Classical Antiquity in Modern Cinema." Kirsten also wrote both the introduction and an essay entitled, “What Makes a Man to Wander?” The Searchers' as a Western 'Odyssey.'"
Margaret Farrar's new book, Building the Body Politic was released on February 3, 2008 . Building the Body Politic explores the role of a capital city in a democracy. More than any other place, a principle function of the architecture and design of a capital city is “create citizens”. In doing so, some groups and interests are legitimized, while others are rendered irrational, illegitimate, or often quite literally out of place. By looking at how urban planning discourse has described problems and solutions in Washington, D.C. over the twentieth century, Margaret shows how power is conveyed, deployed, consolidated, and negotiated through language. Fun fact: For the past month, Building the Body Politic has been in the top ten new releases in urban planning and development on Amazon.com.
Kristy Nabhan-Warren visited the University of Richmond March 4 and 5 as the 2008 guest lecturer for the Religious Studies Department's annual endowed lecture series, which was co-sponsored by American Studies. Kristy's public lecture, "Engaging Religious Worlds That Are Not Our Own: Reflections of an Anthropologist of Religion" focused on the recent turn in Religious Studies towards "lived religion." During her talk she addressed the methodological and moral concerns that shape her scholarship as an anthropologist of religion working with Latino Catholics in the Southwest, West, and Midwest. As part of her visit, Kristy also spoke with students in the university's American Studies senior seminar. Kristy's visit is posted on the University's website here.
Next month, April 4-5, Kristy will be chairing and responding to two panels, the first, "Pluralism, Religion and the State" and the second "Women Engaging Religious, National, and Gender Ambiguity: Three Case Studies" at the Midwest meeting of the American Academy of Religion held at the Dominican University.
Heidi Storl's article entitled, “My Meeting with Mephistopheles” was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle Review, in the February 29, 2008 issue, Vol. 54, Issue 25, Page B20. You can access her article on the web here. Heidi has also been asked permission for the article to be reprinted in The Australian, a daily, national newspaper published in Sydney, Australia with an approximate circulation of 350,000.