Valerie Alhart

Valerie Alhart is press officer for humanities and broadcast media, and covers humanities and the arts at the University.

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6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

May 20, 2016

His first album was a flop. He was loved in the United Kingdom before the United States. As people around the world start to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, rock historian John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music, identifies six stops along the artist’s turbulent rise to the top in the 1960s.

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Sykes-Picot and the making of the modern Middle East

Sykes-Picot and the making of the modern Middle East

May 12, 2016

As the accord turns 100 years old, Aaron Hughes, professor of Jewish studies, weighs in on the impact the secret accord that established political control of territories in the Middle East among Great Britain, France, and Russia after World War I. / The Conversation

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And the winners of this year’s Best Translated Book Awards are…

And the winners of this year’s Best Translated Book Awards are…

May 5, 2016

Chad Post, creator of Three Percent and a founder of the awards program as publisher of the University’s Open Letter Books, announced the winners May 4 during a ceremony in New York City.

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Prince ‘one of most significant artists in American popular music history’

Prince ‘one of most significant artists in American popular music history’

April 21, 2016

As people around the world begin to mourn the legendary musician and performer, rock historian John Covach remembers him as one of the “most important artists in American popular music during the last two decades of the twentieth century.”

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2016 Best Translated Book Award finalists announced

2016 Best Translated Book Award finalists announced

April 20, 2016

Ten works of fiction and six poetry collections remain in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards following the announcement of the two shortlists yesterday by Three Percent, the University’s translation-centric literary website.

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Artist Nate Hodge Receives Lillian Fairchild Award

Artist Nate Hodge Receives Lillian Fairchild Award

March 1, 2016

“The most inspiring thing about public art is its ability to reach a wide spectrum of people,” says Nate Hodge, local mural artist and this year’s recipient of the English department’s award.

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Taking a ‘look’ at historical hoaxes

Taking a ‘look’ at historical hoaxes

February 29, 2016

During the mid-19th century, a series of grand hoaxes captured the American imagination: the Great Moon Hoax, the Cardiff Giant, and the fantastical creatures of P. T. Barnum. Joan Saab, an associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies, examines the relationship between seeing and believing.

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From <em>Uncle Tom</em> to <em>Aunt Phillis</em>: Professor sheds new light on race, slavery in American literature

From Uncle Tom to Aunt Phillis: Professor sheds new light on race, slavery in American literature

February 25, 2016

Ezra Tawil has edited a new collection of essays that show how the complex legacies of race and slavery have been addressed in American culture from the 18th century to the present day.

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Students gather in response to Yik Yak decision

Students gather in response to Yik Yak decision

February 4, 2016

Students assembled in front of Rush Rhees Library just before noon after staging a walkout to protest University President Joel Seligman’s decision to not ban the social media app Yik Yak.

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Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

January 29, 2016

The 2015-2016 “In Performance” concert series continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, with a concert celebrating a genre that Institute for Popular Music director John Covach describes as “often overlooked by rock ‘n’ roll establishments like the Hall of Fame.”

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