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New book explores images of world cultures in Western music

New book explores images of world cultures in Western music

June 29, 2015

In his just-published book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart, musicologist Ralph P. Locke explores how peoples who were considered different from “us” (Europeans) were characterized in popular songs, instrumental works, oratorios, ballets, and operas.

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Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

Book looks at civil rights through Poitier’s films

April 18, 2015

At a time when the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of America, Sidney Poitier was probably the most visible black actor in the movie industry. In a new book, The Poitier Effect: The Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation, University of Rochester professor Sharon Willis maintains that while Poitier’s films provide a lens for viewing the possibilities of improved race relations, this perspective doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Lost at sea, found in fiction

Lost at sea, found in fiction

April 5, 2015

The portrait over the fireplace mantle had been staring down at Joanna Scott since she was a little girl. “I knew of him and knew he had disappeared at sea,” she says. “It really haunted me.” Much of what is known of this mysterious man is fabrication, a history he invented himself. Truth and his fictions collide in Scott’s latest novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Writing about music: Eastman Music Series fills gap in scholarly, popular understanding

Writing about music: Eastman Music Series fills gap in scholarly, popular understanding

December 19, 2014

Eastman Studies in Music seriesWith the recent publication of its 100th title, the Eastman Studies in Music series shows great breadth in an era of increasing musical specialization.

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Smith hits home run with new book on the first President Bush

Smith hits home run with new book on the first President Bush

December 12, 2014

As we learn in (Curt) Smith’s recently published book, George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core, baseball has been one of the former presidents lifelong passions and influences. Bush, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, fell in love with the game at an early age, and as a self-described good field, poor hitting first baseman would captain Yale University to consecutive College World Series appearances.

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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

November 22, 2014

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith joins us. Curt Smith is the author of the new book George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core. There’s a look at the book, and you got a brief glimpse at our friend, Curt, who joins us this morning from the University of Rochester where he is actively pursuing the melding of young minds in terms of English and presidential leadership and communications.

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Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. He’s written 16 books and was a speechwriter for, among other people, George H.W. Bush.

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New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

New books paints portrait of Spanish scientist as artist

October 17, 2014

Many in the scientific world today recognize Spanish Nobel Prize-winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal as a pioneer in cell biology and neuroscience. Now in a new book by professor Claudia Schaefer, he is being more fully recognized as an empirical observer and dedicated photographer.

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New history of University highlights 155 years of transformation

New history of University highlights 155 years of transformation

October 7, 2014

In a new book, Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester, 1850–2005, author Janice Bullard Pieterse traces the growth of the University of Rochester from a small undergraduate program in 1850 to a leading research university and engine for regional economic growth.

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