Category Archives: Why the Renaissance matters

Time’s Person of the Year and Shakespeare’s “Many-Headed Monster”

So I really love Time Magazine’s pick for person of the year, the Protester. This is almost a complete 180 to the 2006 person of the year, “YOU.”  The cover story article for that year went on to explain that the … Continue reading

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The Book Talk on Youtube!

After many hours spent negotiating the intricacies of Youtube, I have finally been able to post the video recordings of the book talk on December 8th at Johnson County Community College. Here are the embedded videos: Overall, I thought the talk … Continue reading

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Interview on KCUR’s Central Standard

So today I was interviewed on the local NPR station in Kansas City, MO. The program was Central Standard – a great title – hosted by Jubalani Leffal. Given that this was my first on air, I found Mr. Leffal to … Continue reading

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SlutWalks and The Rape of Lucrece

I want to focus this post on the topic of blame-the-victim mentality when it comes to sexual violence perpetrated on women. When I was at Lehigh, I took a class on women’s health.  I remember when the crisis of domestic … Continue reading

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“This heraldry in Lucrece’s face was seen/Argued by beauty’s red and virtue’s white”

This week’s post, which will be out on Friday, will deal with the theme of  “blame the vicitm” mentality and rape by comparing Slut Walks and Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece. For those regular readers of mine, make sure to sucribe … Continue reading

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Mad Margaret and the Microscope

I want to begin this post with a caveat: my wife and I are in the process of moving this week, so the near 50 wine boxes containing our library are sealed and ready to be moved to the quaint … Continue reading

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Stanley Wells’ Shakespeare & Co.

In September of 1769, the famed British actor, David Garrick, put on an event that would be pivotal in forming the modern legacy of William Shakespeare. For three days, Garrick celebrated the Bard with a festival, or, as he deemed … Continue reading

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Commemorating Sir Thomas More, who gave us Utopia

Well, it has been just over a month since my last post. I must apologize to any regular readers of this blog for this extend period of silence, yet there is a very excusable reason. Early last month, I was … Continue reading

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“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” – this week’s post will be a little late

To those weekly readers of Renaissance Matters: This week’s post will be a bit late. I have just started teaching an intensive one-month long composition course. This week’s post dedicated to Scottish nationalism will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Schwarzenegger and Edwards at home in the court of Charles II.

So the Department of Justice has decided to move forward with charges against John Edwards for possibly illegally using campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter. The price to hide his infidelity from the public eye while campaigning … Continue reading

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