Writing in Place with Alice Te Punga Somerville

In Once Were Pacific: Māori Connections to Place, Alice Te Punga Somerville illustrates how Māori and other Pacific peoples draw their identity not only from land but also from water. She interrogates the relationship between indigeneity, migration, and diaspora, focusing on texts such as poetry, fiction, theater, film, and music, viewed alongside historical instances of … More Writing in Place with Alice Te Punga Somerville

Planning a summer or Memorial Day weekend trip? These beautiful, significant national destinations are primed to spark the intellectually curious adventurer in you.

Half Dome Overlook, Yosemite National Park, California.Photograph by Robert Bednar. Diablo Lake Overlook, North Cascades National Park, Washington.Photograph by Robert Bednar. Wawona Tunnel Yosemite Valley Overlook, Yosemite National Park, California.Photograph by Robert Bednar. Zion Lodge, Utah, 1930s. Colored Lantern Slide.National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection. Watchtower at Desert View, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.Photograph by … More Planning a summer or Memorial Day weekend trip? These beautiful, significant national destinations are primed to spark the intellectually curious adventurer in you.

From Character Toys to Designer Toys (Or, How I Became a Toy Collector)

Dunny from artist Tara McPherson, a concert poster designer andformer production assistant on Matt Groening’s Futurama. This is the fourth in a series of posts about author and anime scholar Marc Steinberg’s personal collection of collectibles. See all posts here. BY MARC STEINBERGAssistant professor of film studies at Concordia University In criticisms of the shift … More From Character Toys to Designer Toys (Or, How I Became a Toy Collector)

Representation and the digital environment: Essential challenges for humanists

 BY JOHANNA DRUCKER Breslauer Professor of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles The basic challenge for humanists comes from adopting visualizations that don’t suit our fundamental epistemological values. Obviously humanism is not monolithic. But methods of statistical analysis and empirical observation are grafted onto the humanities, they were not created from within … More Representation and the digital environment: Essential challenges for humanists

Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: A game-changer?

BY AMY STONEAssistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio This has been an unexpectedly dramatic year for same-sex marriage, and this past week is no exception. Not only did North Carolina voters handily pass a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage this week but President Barack Obama also publicly announced his support for … More Obama’s support of same-sex marriage: A game-changer?

At Spoonriver Restaurant, excitement, a happy and healthy community, and awesome local food are all in a day’s work.

Chef Brenda Langton signs a copy of The Spoonriver Cookbookfor a regular customer. BY MAGGIE SATTLERUMP blog editor It’s just after lunch-rush hour at Spoonriver Restaurant, and when I arrive the place is hardly at a lull. Satisfied customers are casually hanging out. Staff are conscientiously attending to their needs. And beloved local chef and … More At Spoonriver Restaurant, excitement, a happy and healthy community, and awesome local food are all in a day’s work.

Kenneth B. Kidd: Goodbye, Maurice. And thank you.

Moishe from Where the Wild Things Are. Image via Flickr. But the wild things cried,Oh, please don’t goWe’ll eat you upWe love you soAnd Max said:“No!” And we roared our terrible roars, and gnashed our terrible teeth, and rolled our terrible eyes, and showed our terrible claws, but Maurice Sendak stepped into his private boat … More Kenneth B. Kidd: Goodbye, Maurice. And thank you.