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What is Hip-Hop?

In Faculty, Research on February 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm


By Lara Dotson-Renta, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Dr. Lara Dotson-Renta is an Assistant Dean of Career Development and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Quinnipiac University. Her primary area of research is in literature and cultural production arising from immigration and in diasporic communities. Her research places particular emphasis on lyrical performance as literature and the visual arts as a mode of discourse. Her recent work focuses on hip-hop as a form of both identity affirmation and contestation, especially with regards to diasporic and multi-lingual communities. This topic is treated in detail in her book, Immigration,Popular Culture, and the Re-Routing of European Muslim Identity, published in 2012 through Palgrave MacMillan. Other recent publications have addressed the cultural significance of the growing body of Arab hip-hop, which has become increasingly prominent owing to its strong messaging during the Arab uprisings that began in 2011.

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Students Attend Film Screening

In Faculty, Students on February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm


By Lara Dotson-Renta, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Quinnipiac University undergraduates currently taking a French 399 course on Haitian literature and transnational black identity recently attended a foreign film screening in New York. Prof. Lara Dotson-Renta accompanied students Kathryn Joerg, Madeline Hardy, and Teresa Pellicano to a screening of Aujourd’hui (Today) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on February 17, 2013. The BAM is a multi-arts center dedicated to fostering dialogue and appreciation between fields and art forms. The film, in French and Wolof, explored a man’s last day of life following his return to his native Senegal. The viewing was followed by a Q&A with director Alain Gomis and actors Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, and was moderated by the ActNow Foundation. Students participated in dialogues of subjectivity, methodology, and philosophy underlying independent filmmaking. Afterward, student Kathryn Joerg commented that the screening “provided us with the unique opportunity to hear the Director’s artistic vision. While the underlying story may have been about death, it was a beautiful, moving film about life and embracing the little moments that matter.”

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Ship of Theseus

In Faculty, Research on February 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm


By Keith Kerr, Assistant Professor of Sociology

The following depicts my (mis)adventures living with my Chinese in-laws. If you would like to read more, you can go to http://onbecomingchinese.blogspot.com/.

There is an ancient Western philosophical thought experiment known as the Ship of Theseus. Various versions of the story have been used over the centuries, but the essence of the story is expressed as this: If a ship were to set sail on a long voyage, and during that long voyage, with the wear, tear and damage that ensued as it travelled, each and every piece of wood had to be replaced, would a completely new ship arrive at the final destination, or, would it still be the same old ship?

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“Yawp!” Poetry Series

In Art, Event on February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm


By Karun Karri, Creative Minds in Action Spring Intern

Recently, the creative writing program at Quinnipiac announced their initiation of a brand new poetry showcase. The goal of this semester-long program is to expose members of the Quinnipiac community to fantastic pieces written by local poets. Last Tuesday was the first of four “Yawp!” Poetry readings. Marilyn Nelson, the former poet laureate of Connecticut (2001-2006) and recipient of the Frost Medal of Poetry visited the Mount Carmel Campus to read select poems from some of her more recent works. Nelson’s work deals primarily with African American historical fiction. The readings that she chose to focus on were from her new book, “Faster than Light: New and Selected Poems.” Unfortunately, Marilyn arrived late to campus and was only able to read for half an hour. Nevertheless, her works were both beautiful in language and theme. Many of her poems dealt with the social and political attitudes towards African Americans in the later half of the nineteenth century.

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Mad World Exhibition

In Art, Faculty on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

By Charmaine Banach, Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Design

If you find yourself in the Windy City this Spring, please stop by the Union Street Gallery’s exhibition called “Mad World” to see some of my works chosen for this national, juried exhibition. Out of 110 artists who entered, totaling 271 works of art submitted, only 32 artists were accepted for a total of 58 works of art that will be on exhibit. The reception is on March 8th, 2013, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and the exhibition is expected to be up for about one month. Union Street Gallery:  http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/

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Presenting Conference Papers

In Event, Students on February 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm


by Glenda Pritchett, assistant professor of English

Three Quinnipiac students presented papers at the Seventh Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, on Saturday, December 1st. Kelsey Brown (left in photo) presented “Exposing the Wife of Bath’s Façade,” based on a paper for Prof. Glenda Pritchett (EN341). Rachel Corso (right) presented “The Wife of Bath’s Joie de Vivre is the Pursuit of Power,” based on a paper for Prof. Glenda Pritchett (EN341). Andrew Lavoie (center) presented “Kingmakers: Warwick and the City of London,” based on his senior thesis for Prof. Jill Fehleison (HS408).

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