America in Europe – Professor Nicastro, Visiting Professor of Romance Languages

Excerpt from an abstract that Professor Nicastro provided us to publish.

This paper attempts to build bridges across cultures by calling attention to the shared characteristics of the blues and flamenco and emphasizing the universality of the forms as they speak to the basic humanity of all people. The blues and flamenco, though separated by an ocean, are almost perfectly analogous and share a common African element. Flamenco performers identify closely and explicitly with the spirit of the blues and jazz; thus the America of the blues already existed latently in Europe in the form of its older alter ego and kindred spirit, flamenco. … Read more

Second they came… – Professor Steven J. Miller, Math/Stats

The Wikipedia entry “First they came …” begins as follows:

“First they came […] is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions.”Read more