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Cultural studies is an inquiry into paradox and contradiction. These studies are not a subject of any discipline in the university. In a university, every subject generates a partial perspective with contradictions within the larger pursuit of knowledge. In philosophical terms, perennial contradictions include subject vs. object, spirit vs. matter, reason vs. feeling, life vs. death, and universal vs. particular. Cultural studies looks at them as the paradoxes of everyday life. Thus, cultural studies is a quest for understanding, not a unified movement with an agenda. Bernard Lonergan S.J., might have described these studies to be about "insight" and the "restricted act of understanding."
This book examines the problems scholars face in planning a future for higher education. The author offers solutions to these problems in Parts One, Two, and Three. The Parts are stories designed to stir the imagination, examples of how to advance the purpose of liberal arts colleges. The Conclusion develops a philosophy of higher education for the 21st century.
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This book on Evolution is about a Dean in a Liberal Arts College who holds a seminar for students on the subject of evolution. The Dean invites professors from each department to lecture on how they see their field linked to this long history that started with the Big Bang and moved into the formation of particles, atoms, molecules, stars and planets and the Earth with the evolution of cells, plants, animals, hominids, Homo sapiens and the rise of civilization. The Dean assigns students two essays he wrote to prepare for this class. They are called:
Now the Dean holds his seminar and sets forth his own perspective on evolution in the first two classes. In succeeding sessions he invites professors to speak about their perspective. The students and professors have a dialogue.
A Song of Evolution was performed at Boston College in October 2010. The Singers: Erin Smith Soprano; Claire Filer Alto; Rob Woodwin Bass; Chris Smith Tenor; Tim Maurice Pianist.
B.C. Panelists: Dr. Patricia DeLeeuw, Vice Provost, Prof. Stephen Pfohl, Sociology; Prof. Rein Uritam, Physics; Prof. Robert Daly, S.J., Theology, Prof. Jeffrey Chuang, Biology; Prof. Pat Byrne, Philosophy.
The Music Makers was performed with script in 2006 by the Nonviolent Peaceforce of Greater Boston.
This oratorio is about how Norwegian teachers stopped Hitler from putting Nazi textbooks in their schools.
The Majesty of Love: An Opera
This opera is written in the spirit of Saint Augustine and Carl Jung. It is about the nature of love. It is a story of how a scientist and a poet climb a mountain and fall in love. But what is this love all about? Is it affection, friendship, eros, philia, agape, or what? What is the highest form of love?
Act I 1. Going up the Mountain
Act II 2. Dreaming on the Top
Act III 3. Are you Awake.
The Story of God: A Comic Opera
Performed at the Cambridge Friends Meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2012.
The Dialogue and Libretto
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Famous Poems Set in Song
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