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Open Stacks: A Podcast of the James E. Walker Library
74 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
The Bible in American Law and Politics with John Vile
On this episode, we are joined by professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University John Vile. John earned his BA from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, both in government. He taught at McNeese State University where he headed the Department of Social Sciences before coming to MTSU where he served from 1989 to 2008 as Chair of the Department of Political Science and since 2008 as Dean of the University Honors College. Vile has written and edited more than 40 books dealing with the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, the U.S. Constitution, the constitutional amending process, historic American documents, and leading American symbols such as the U.S. Flag, the Liberty Bell, and the National Anthem (forthcoming). His most recent book is The Bible in American Law and Politics: A Reference Guide. Vile has a personal library of several thousand books and collects political memorabilia and American historical prints. His wife is an active volunteer at Murfreesboro’s Linebaugh Library.Books, articles, authors. and media mentionedThe Bible in American Law and Politics: A Reference GuideDeismThe Jefferson BibleThe Gospel in Brief by Leo TolstoyKanye West's Presidential PlatformJesus untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb by Keith GilesThe War Prayer by Mark TwainPrimitive Baptist UniversalistBowling alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert PutnamMusic: "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
53 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Big Data and Media with Ken Blake
This episode's guest is associate professor in the school of journalism and strategic media, Dr. Ken Blake. Ken is a native of Huntington, W.Va., and he holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Marshall University and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ken joined the faculty of MTSU's School of Journalism and Strategic Media in 1996 and has taught undergraduate courses in writing and reporting as well as graduate courses in media theory and empirical research methodology. He heads the College of Media and Entertainment's Office of Communication Research, where Ken and his since-retired colleague Dr. Bob Wyatt co-founded the MTSU Poll, a twice-annual, statewide, scientifically valid telephone poll of Tennessee adults that ran from 1998 to 2016. His most recent scholarly project is a book, co-authored with colleague Dr. Jason Reineke, titled, Data Skills for Media Professionals. Before he earned his doctorate and joined MTSU's faculty, Ken worked as a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, the Gannett-owned daily newspaper in Huntington. His wife, Amy, works as an inclusion teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Smyrna, and they have two sons, one a senior in high school and the other a junior in video and film production at MTSU.Books, articles, authors. and media mentionedKen's websiteData Skills for Media Professionals by Ken Blake and Jason ReinekePrecision Journalism by Phil MeyerTexas Tribune DataGDELT ProjectHow to Lie with Statistics by Darrell HuffMusic: "Spreading the Disease" by Anthrax. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
77 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
The Center for Popular Music with Greg Reish
Our guest in this episode is Professor of Music History at Middle Tennessee State University and Director of the university’s Center for Popular Music, one of the premier American music research archives, Dr. Greg Reish. Greg holds a MA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in musicology and a BA in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami. He is active as a scholar and performer of old-time country, bluegrass, and American folk music, with interests in conjunto music from South Texas and son jarocho from Veracruz. He has released a duo album with fiddler Matt Brown (Speed of the Plow), produced various albums for Spring Fed Records, written and edited books, book chapters, and articles on a wide range of musical topics. A former Fulbright scholar to Italy, he is also one of the world’s leading experts on Italian avant-garde music of the twentieth century. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Reish plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, and harmonica, as well as the bajo sexto and requinto jarocho. Greg is also the weekly host of Lost Sounds on Roots Radio WMOT.Books, articles, authors. and media mentionedCenter for Popular MusicAustin Derryberry & Trenton "Tater" Caruthers - Tennessee BreakdownSpring Fed RecordsGreetings from the Land of Blue Suede ShoesFlatt & Scruggs Ballad of Jed Clampett and Foggy Mountain BreakdownRemastered: The Lion's ShareElvis Presley Blue Moon of KentuckyBill MonroeThe Nashville SoundMusic: "Speed of the Plow" by Matt Brown & Greg Reish. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
49 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Public Health and the Media with Katie Foss
Today's guest is a professor in the School of Journalism & Strategic Media Dr. Katie Foss, where she teaches courses in media studies, health communication, and research methods Dr. Katie Foss. Dr. Foss is the author of Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory (2020), Breastfeeding and Media: Exploring Conflicting Discourses That Threaten Public Health (2017) and Television and Health Responsibility in an Age of Individualism (2014) and the editor of The Graduate Student Guidebook: From Orientation to Tenure Track (2020), Beyond Princess Culture: Gender and Children’s Marketing (2019) and Demystifying the Big House: Exploring Prison Experience and Media Representations (2018). She has a BA in Communication from Gustavus Adolphus College and a MA and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and has taught at MTSU since 2008. Books, articles, authors. and media mentionedKatie's books are linked in her bio above.Katie's websiteLaurie Halse Anderson Fever 1793 Ken Blake's websiteThe Rookie (TV Show)Batman (TV Show)Dragnet (TV Show)Music: "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
68 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Daring Pedagogy with Shane McCoy
Jason is joined on today’s episode by lecturer in the Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University and affiliated faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies program Dr. Shane McCoy (they/them/theirs). Dr. McCoy teaches undergraduate courses that focus on first-year composition (ENGL 1010/2020), African American Literature (ENGL 2020), and Gay and Lesbian Literature (ENGL 2020). Dr. McCoy earned their bachelor’s degree in English and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at MTSU and completed their Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. McCoy’s research interests include instructional scaffolding and curriculum design, feminist affect studies, Africana women’s literature, cognitive literary studies, the sociology of education, and social and emotional learning. In 2018-2019, Dr. McCoy received the designation of Faculty Fellow after completing the Faculty Fellows Program offered by the Lucinda Taylor Lea Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center at MTSU. Dr. McCoy is also certified in MTSU’s SafeZone Training, a program designed to support LGBTQ+ students, and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Dr. McCoy currently serves as an advisory board member for the 2020 LGBT+ College Conference at MTSU. Books, articles, and authors mentionedShane's websiteBrene BrownPema ChodronKristen NeffPatricia Jennings and Daniel Siegel The trauma-sensitive classroom: building resilience with compassionate teachingMusic: "We Know Who U R" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
31 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Poet Laureate Amie Whittemore
Our guest on this episode of Open Stacks is Lecturer in the Department of English and General Education English Program Coordinator, 2020 Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow, and the 2020 Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Amie Whittemore. Amie is the author of Glass Harvest published by Autumn House Press, the Reviews Editor at Southern Indiana Review, and the 2019/2020 General Education English Outstanding Instructor. She holds a BA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College, and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Cold Mountain Review, and many other places. She is also the winner or finalist of many prestigious poetry awards.Books, articles, and authors mentionedAmie's websiteGlass HarvestBrigit Kelly Elizabeth BishopJim MorrisonMusic: "Turn You Inside Out" by R.E.M. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
9 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Hear some spooktacular stories about the James E. Walker Library!Music: "John Carpenter's Halloween" by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross and Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 by J.S. Bach played by organist Hans-André Stamm. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
58 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Writing and Rhetoric with Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy
This episode's guest is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center, Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy. Erica teaches undergraduate classes in First Year Writing, Research & Argumentation, and Tutoring Writing and graduate classes in Archival Research Methods and Directed Reading on Oral History in Rhetoric and Composition. Her scholarship has been published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, and other edited collections. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the teaching of English from the University of Arizona and earned her BA and MA in English at Florida Atlantic University.Books, articles, and authors mentionedErica's website Neil Postman Amusing Ourselves to DeathRebecca Tuvel. "In Defense of Transracialism.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (2017), 32 (2): 263-278. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Elise Versoza-Hurley & Amanda Wray. “Rhetorics of Interruption: Navigating Sexism in the Academy.” Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership. Eds. Holly Hassell and Kirsti Cole. New York: Routledge, 2017. Music: "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc. This constitutes a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.
5 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
We will be debuting a brand new podcast on Oct. 21! In Open Stacks, the library's interim dean, Dr. Jason Martin will host conversations with accomplished teachers, scholars, and artists from all disciplines and walks of life. For more on the show, please visit library.mtsu.edu/openstacks.
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