Monthly Archives: October 2011

Shakespeare Passages for Halloween

Shakespeare has memorable passages about ghosts that are appropriate for Halloween.

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Come Holy Spirit, Come Heavenly Newt

In “Not Like a Dove” Mary Pratt reconceptualizes the Holy Spirit in a number of startling ways. Her goal, according to guest blogger Sue Schmidt, is to bring us closer to Godhead.

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The Film Is the Fraud, Not Shakespeare

The new film “Anonymous” claims that Shakespeare was a fraud. The only fraud is the film itself.

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Mold Causing Problems? Bring in a Ship

Our students, displaced by mold, are being housed in a cruise ship. A campus production of “As You Like It” may have given administrators the idea.

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Jane Austen’s Musings on Memory

The minds translates the helter-skelter of events into tidy narratives, often to the detriment of what really happened. Fanny Price in “Mansfield Park” muses on this phenomenon.

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Tollbooth to a Liberal Arts Education

Adam Gopnik argues that Norton Juster’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” is a manifesto for the liberal arts.

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For a Mold Attack, Read Dickinson

Our College has closed down two dorms after a mold attack. Among the many remedies has been an Emily Dickinson poem.

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Come, My Light, My Feast, My Strength

In “The Call,” George Herbert opens himself to God’s love with a confidence not found in many of his poems.

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Can Humanitarians Stop Violence?

The Oscar-winning film “In a Better World” explores how to respond to the world’s violence in an authentic and uncompromising way.

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