Topic: Literature and the Arts

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    In the latter half of the twentieth century, institutions run by Roman Catholic nuns could amount to virtual prisons for young women. Some spent their entire adult lives in these places. They were called the Magdalene Laundries, and they were in Ireland. THE MAGDALENE SISTERS chronicles the lives of three Dublin girls living in the Laundries. More

    August 22, 2003 | Comments

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    Read more of Kim Lawton’s interview about art, social change, and Martin Luther King with Vincent Harding and his daughter, Rachel Harding. More

    January 17, 2003 | Comments

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    This mystical tradition is declining in the Muslim world while attracting new followers in the West. More

    November 8, 2002 | Comments

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    Read some of the responses UNC freshmen wrote on their required reading assignment this summer, APPROACHING THE QUR’AN: THE EARLY REVELATIONS by Michael Sells. The book is a collection of translations and commentaries on the short chapters or suras of the Qur’an. It includes a compact disc recording of reciters chanting some of the suras. More

    August 23, 2002 | Comments

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    Every year the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assigns a summer reading book for its incoming freshmen. This year that book was called APPROACHING THE QUR’AN: THE EARLY REVELATIONS, and it’s generated a lot of controversy both within the state and outside of it. More

    August 23, 2002 | Comments

  • If you are interested in the ethical problems raised by advances in science, then you are likely to find Stephen Spielberg's new movie, MINORITY REPORT, a bit disappointing.

    June 21, 2002 | Comments

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    Deborah Rosenthal is a respected artist who is also an observant Jew. As a result, her work is often infused with her religious beliefs. Recently, she was asked by the conservative Jewish congregation to which she belongs to create two stained glass windows for its sanctuary. For the commission, she chose two objects drawn from Jewish faith and Jewish history. More

    June 29, 2001 | Comments

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    These young musicians have picked up where their grandparents left off, reviving and revitalizing the old tradition of klezmer by bringing it back to Jews and also extending its reach beyond the Jewish audience. More

    May 18, 2001 | Comments

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    Thomas Dixon Tyler of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC, talks about gospel music’s significance to him. More

    February 23, 2001 | Comments

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    At St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood has developed a powerful program of music, dance and theater. The pageant is called the “Ma’afa Suite”, and the objective of the show is to help African-Americans heal slavery’s hidden wounds.
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    September 29, 2000 | Comments

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