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The Secrets Of All Hearts (Novel: 4 Parts), Kirby Farrell Jan 2016

The Secrets Of All Hearts (Novel: 4 Parts), Kirby Farrell

kirby farrell

The Secrets of All Hearts is a noel in which the frame story probes unfinished business from the Vietnam War.


For My Brother, Prescott Smith: Died Suddenly September 24, 2015, Charles Kay Smith Oct 2015

For My Brother, Prescott Smith: Died Suddenly September 24, 2015, Charles Kay Smith

Charles Kay Smith

This is an elegy for my brother written the week following his death.


Dusk And Dawn And Drops Of Dew, An Update Of A Prose/Poem 9/12/15, Charles Kay Smith Sep 2015

Dusk And Dawn And Drops Of Dew, An Update Of A Prose/Poem 9/12/15, Charles Kay Smith

Charles Kay Smith

A Poem on two natural phenomena that can occur on the same joyous day. The poem does not copy Wordsworth's imagery, but attempts to resonate with his spirit. this is a new version of the 9/12/2015 poem "May Lovely Moments Grace your Day" with a new title uploaded on September 20, 2016. While I was working on this poem, a tune I had never heard before kept insisting that I shoud set the poem to music. If it is possible, I'll soon upload this poem as a song.


Innovative Representations Of Light, Behaving As Both Particles And Waves, Among The Paintings Of Monet And Renoir, Charles Smith Nov 2014

Innovative Representations Of Light, Behaving As Both Particles And Waves, Among The Paintings Of Monet And Renoir, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

Monet and Renoir, friends collaborating in open air about 1865, discovered that sunlight filtering through a canopy of tree leaves does not produce the splotches and dapples that studio artists conventionally represented at the time but circles of light. Sometimes the circles of light punctuating the shade are clear, separate and crisp, as though light is being propagated as particles, but if the pin-hole gaps between leaves are very close together, they will project compound or superimposed circles that look like the waves that Thomas Young saw in his double slit experiment in 1803-4. Newton’s Opticks published in 1704 ...


Shadows Know, A Poem 11/12/2014, Charles Smith Nov 2014

Shadows Know, A Poem 11/12/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

Partly written during an illness several years ago; I finished it last year.


Elegy For Allen, Prose/Poem 9/12/2014, Charles Smith Sep 2014

Elegy For Allen, Prose/Poem 9/12/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

This Elegy is a poetic version of a eulogy I made at Allen Midyett's memorial service in late summer of 2013.


Dress Shopping With Ginny, A Prose/Poem 8/5/2014, Charles Smith Aug 2014

Dress Shopping With Ginny, A Prose/Poem 8/5/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

Another poetic experiment that opens an alternative direction for future work.


Merci Beaucoup, Mercy Barracuda, Charles Smith, Virginia Midyette Jun 2014

Merci Beaucoup, Mercy Barracuda, Charles Smith, Virginia Midyette

Charles Kay Smith

A children's book of 45 pp for ages 9-12. The story is about a friendly Barracuda named Mercy who teaches environmentalism to schools of fish, and three children who fall in love with her.


Jeanne D'Arc: Maid Of Oleans, A Prose/Poem 6/4/2014, Charles Kay Smith Jun 2014

Jeanne D'Arc: Maid Of Oleans, A Prose/Poem 6/4/2014, Charles Kay Smith

Charles Kay Smith

A poem introducing a theory of how Joan, an illiterate teenager, inspired a demoralized French army to defeat the English.


Participatory Design Ethnography In The Learning Commons: Initial Research Findings, Krista Harper May 2014

Participatory Design Ethnography In The Learning Commons: Initial Research Findings, Krista Harper

Krista M. Harper

Presentation on initial findings from research at the UMass Amherst Learning Commons using participatory design ethnography and Photovoice. In this Spring 2014 project, I guided students through a semester-length research study of students' perspectives on and practices in the library.


American Inequality, A Prose/Poem 3/2/2014, Charles Smith Mar 2014

American Inequality, A Prose/Poem 3/2/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

Science has made possible an increased productivity that creates an economic surplus--science continually teaches us how to do more with less resources. Why should the fruits of science be enjoyed only by the rich, since most of the innovations of science and technology have been funded or subsidized by citizen taxes. If the added productivity of science were shared among all citizens instead of only the 1%, poverty and homelessness could be ended.


Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith Feb 2014

Hadrian's Beard, A Prose/Poem 2/26/2014, Charles Smith

Charles Kay Smith

In his official portraits, Roman Emperor Hadrian sported a Greek beard rather than the clean shaven face that all Roman leaders had shown before him. What was his purpose in shattering precedent?


From Cultural Property To Cultural Data: The Multiple Dimensions Of "Ownership" In A Global Digital Age, Neil Silberman Jan 2014

From Cultural Property To Cultural Data: The Multiple Dimensions Of "Ownership" In A Global Digital Age, Neil Silberman

Neil A. Silberman

No abstract provided.


Community Commons: An Analysis Of The Gullah Communities Of South Carolina, Elizabeth Brabec Jun 2013

Community Commons: An Analysis Of The Gullah Communities Of South Carolina, Elizabeth Brabec

Elizabeth Brabec

Descended from slaves brought to the southeast United States between the early 17th and mid 19th centuries, the Gullah-Geechee of South Carolina and Georgia in the United States, have developed distinctive, culturally-expressive creole communities. Juxtaposed against their ancestor’s plantation slave villages, present-day settlements reveal deliberate creations of community and strong connections to place. The Gullah concept of place and community also includes an understanding of the land as commons that is at odds with the dominant culture in the United States.Under slavery the Gullah lived in rigidly geometric settlements. Although this was the only settlement pattern the slaves ...


The Untiring Game, Yrene Santos, Isabel R. Espinal Jan 2013

The Untiring Game, Yrene Santos, Isabel R. Espinal

Isabel R Espinal

These are translations of most, but not all, the poems in the book El incansable juego, by Yrene Santos (Santo Domingo: Editorial Letra Gráfica: 2002). The poems that have not been translated were already translated elsewhere by others, according to the poet.


On Dialogue Studies, Donal Carbaugh Jan 2013

On Dialogue Studies, Donal Carbaugh

Donal Carbaugh

The study of dialogue is a way to open several intellectual arenas for investigation while at the same time offering insights into multiple scenes of practical yet culturally diverse human practices. This article reviews several such arenas including studies of dialogue as a culturally distinctive form of communication, dialogue as an approach to understanding social practices, dialogic ethics, as well as dialogue as an integrative view of not only cultural practice but also natural environments. Throughout, dialogue studies are cast as a broad field with distinct disciplines within it, as holding deep value for understanding diversity in peoples’ practices, as ...


True And Useful: On The Structure Of A Two-Level Normative Theory, Fred Feldman Jun 2012

True And Useful: On The Structure Of A Two-Level Normative Theory, Fred Feldman

Fred Feldman

Act-utilitarianism and other theories in normative ethics confront the implementability problem: normal human agents, with normal human epistemic abilities, lack the information needed to use those theories directly for the selection of actions. Two Level Theories have been offered in reply. The theoretical level component states alleged necessary and sufficient conditions formoral rightness. That component is supposed to be true, but is not intended for practical use. It gives an account of objective obligation. The practical level component is offered as an implementable system for the choice of actions by agents lacking some relevant information. It gives an account of ...


Notes On The Concept Of Integration, Ernest Allen Jan 2012

Notes On The Concept Of Integration, Ernest Allen

Ernest Allen

Integration was one of those enigmatic notions that crept into the vocabulary of the African American liberation struggle of the twentieth century, which then seemingly turned into a palimpsest, blotting out any trace of its historical origins. A term that "everyone" apparently understood but which most failed to interrogate, integration was commonly perceived as the "inverse" of segregation--which was only true insofar one was willing to reduce each term to a spatial metaphor, with segregation indicating societal "exclusion" and integration signifying "inclusion." This makeshift conceptual simplification was frequently patched over by the drafting of desegregation as an intermediate term standing ...


Discourses Of Development: Narratives Of Cultural Heritage As An Economic Resource, Neil Silberman Jan 2012

Discourses Of Development: Narratives Of Cultural Heritage As An Economic Resource, Neil Silberman

Neil A. Silberman

No abstract provided.


Redefining Need, Reconfiguring Expectations: The Rise Of State-Run Youth Voluntarism Programs In Russia, Julie D. Hemment Jan 2012

Redefining Need, Reconfiguring Expectations: The Rise Of State-Run Youth Voluntarism Programs In Russia, Julie D. Hemment

Julie D Hemment

This article investigates the restructuring of the Russian social welfare system by interrogating Putin-era state-run projects to promote youth voluntarism. Set up in the aftermath of liberalizing social welfare reform, these organizations are interesting hybrids: at the same time as they honor the Soviet past and afford symbolic prominence to Soviet era values, they simultaneously advance distinctively neoliberal
 technologies of self-help and self-reliance. In dialogue with recent studies in the anthropology of neoliberalism and the anthropology of postsocialism, I consider the implications of these intertwined logics. Focusing on the interpretive work undertaken by one provincial voluntary organization, I argue that ...


Brueckner And Fischer On The Evil Of Death, Fred Feldman Jun 2011

Brueckner And Fischer On The Evil Of Death, Fred Feldman

Fred Feldman

According to the Deprivation Approach, the evil of death is to be explained by the fact that death deprives us of the goods we would have enjoyed if we had lived longer. But the Deprivation Approach confronts a problem first discussed by Lucretius. Late birth seems to deprive us of the goods we would have enjoyed if we had been born earlier. Yet no one is troubled by late birth. So it’s hard to see why we should be troubled by its temporal mirror image, early death. In a 1986 paper, Anthony Brueckner and John Martin Fischer appealed to ...


The Quadro Da Portego In Sixteenth-Century Venetian Art*, Monika Schmitter Jan 2011

The Quadro Da Portego In Sixteenth-Century Venetian Art*, Monika Schmitter

Monika Schmitter

During the sixteenth century a symbiotic relationship developed between the form, use, and symbolic associations of the Venetian portego, the central reception and entertainment hall of Venetian palaces, and the paintings that were increasingly commissioned to ornament these spaces. The intended placement of the paintings affected their size, format, composition, subject matter, and contemporary interpretation. At the same time, the works of art themselves reflected upon and helped to define the social meanings of the space and the activities taking place there. Analyzing documentary sources and surviving paintings reveals the degree to which we can speak of the quadro da ...


Symposium Program: War, Dictatorship & Memory In Spain, Jacqueline Urla Jan 2011

Symposium Program: War, Dictatorship & Memory In Spain, Jacqueline Urla

Jacqueline L. Urla

Program for the Interdisciplinary Symposium, War, Dictatorship and Memory in Spain. Organizers: Justin Crumbaugh, Sara Brenneis and Jacqueline Urla. Oct. 13015, 2011.


The Tyranny Of Narrative, Neil Silberman Jan 2010

The Tyranny Of Narrative, Neil Silberman

Neil A. Silberman

No abstract provided.


Who Should Care For The Dead? Balancing Religious Rights With Civic Responsibilities, Neil A. Silberman Jan 2010

Who Should Care For The Dead? Balancing Religious Rights With Civic Responsibilities, Neil A. Silberman

Neil A. Silberman

No abstract provided.


De Sedentários E Nómadas: A Representação Do Outro Na Moderna Literatura De Viagens Portuguesa / Of Sedentaries And Nomads: The Representation Of The Other In Modern Portuguese Travel Narratives, Francisco Fagundes Jan 2010

De Sedentários E Nómadas: A Representação Do Outro Na Moderna Literatura De Viagens Portuguesa / Of Sedentaries And Nomads: The Representation Of The Other In Modern Portuguese Travel Narratives, Francisco Fagundes

Francisco Cota Fagundes

Este ensaio foca a representação dos Estados Unidos da América em dois relatos de viagem contemporâneos: Descobri que era europeia: impressões duma viagem à América (1951), de Natália Correia e Ida e volta – à procura de Babbitt (1960), de Ilse Losa. Interessar-nos-á sobretudo a representação ética do outro – incluindo a sua aparência física, os seus hábitos, as suas instituições sociais – nos dois relatos de viagem estudados. Utilizar-se-ão dois conceitos de longo alcance extraídos dum trabalho teórico enquadrável na órbita do pós-colonialismo, The Ethics of Travel: From Marco Polo to Kafka (1996), de Syed Mansurul Islam: o modo de viajar sedentário ...


The Functions Of Russell’S No Class Theory, Kevin C. Klement Jan 2010

The Functions Of Russell’S No Class Theory, Kevin C. Klement

Kevin C. Klement

Certain commentators on Russell’s “no class” theory, in which apparent reference to classes or sets is eliminated using higher-order quantification, including W. V. Quine and (recently) Scott Soames, have doubted its success, noting the obscurity of Russell’s understanding of so-called “propositional functions.” These critics allege that realist readings of propositional functions fail to avoid commitment to classes or sets (or something equally problematic), and that nominalist readings fail to meet the demands placed on classes by mathematics. I show that Russell did thoroughly explore these issues, and had good reasons for rejecting accounts of propositional functions as extralinguistic ...


The Senses Of Functions In The Logic Of Sense And Denotation, Kevin C. Klement Jan 2010

The Senses Of Functions In The Logic Of Sense And Denotation, Kevin C. Klement

Kevin C. Klement

This paper discusses certain problems arising within the treatment of the senses of functions in Alonzo Church's Logic of Sense and Denotation. Church understands such senses themselves to be “sense-functions,” functions from sense to sense. However, the conditions he lays out under which a sense-function is to be regarded as a sense presenting another function as denotation allow for certain undesirable results given certain unusual or “deviant” sense-functions. Certain absurdities result, e.g., an argument can be found for equating any two senses of the same type. An alternative treatment of the senses of functions is discussed, and is ...


Review Of Innovation In History: The New Woman Resources Book, Madeleine K. Charney Jan 2010

Review Of Innovation In History: The New Woman Resources Book, Madeleine K. Charney

Madeleine K. Charney

No abstract provided.


Becoming Free In The Cotton South – By Susan Eva O'Donovan, Manisha Sinha Jan 2009

Becoming Free In The Cotton South – By Susan Eva O'Donovan, Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha

No abstract provided.