Southern Wonder Feb 8th: Shakespeare with Professors of English, Jennifer Munroe & Kirk Melnikoff

Image of William ShakespeareIn his preface to the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works, Ben Jonson wrote that Shakespeare is “not of an age, but for all time!” Shakespeare’s works have resonated with generation after generation since they were written in the late sixteenth century. What made his writing so timeless? Why do his works carry such a monumental cultural cachet? Did Shakespeare invent modern English? To be or not to be?

To lend insight into these questions and more, Charlotte Community Radio’s Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will be talking with University of North Carolina Charlotte professors of English Dr. Jennifer Munroe and Dr. Kirk MelnikoffDr. Munroe’s work with Shakespeare has centered around interpretations of gender and ecology, while Dr. Melnikoff’s focus is on publishing history and performance. Each has a unique lens into understanding and engaging with Shakespeare’s work today.

Both Dr. Melnikoff and Dr. Munroe are involved with UNCC’s Shakespeare in Action initiative, which aims “to advance the study and enjoyment of Renaissance/Early Modern drama and culture, particularly through performance, on campus and in the broader Charlotte community.” We’ll hear about the ways that Shakespeare’s impact is continuing to be felt right here in Charlotte.

When you listen with the Mixlr app, you can ask questions so send in your questions while joining us for another engaging LIVE conversation on Southern Wonder, Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm EST.

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Southern Wonder Jan 25th: Russia with UNCC Professor, Dr. Steve Sabol

Photo of Dr. Steve SabolThe first Southern Wonder show with Allison Braden is set for Wednesday, January 25th from 6pm to 7pm and the topic of discussion is Russia past and present. Dr. Steve Sabol, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, will be in-studio for this inaugural show.

Since receiving his Ph.D. from Georgia State University, Dr. Sabol has focused his research on topics in Central Asian and Russian history, the First World War, nationalism and national identity, imperialism and colonialism, and the American West.

Dr. Sabol’s book, Russian Colonization and the Genesis of Kazak National Consciousness was published in 2003 by Palgrave-Macmillan. His new book project compares American colonization of the Sioux and Russian colonization of the Kazakhs; it will be published in February 2017 by the University Press of Colorado. In addition, he is co-editing four books in the “Russia’s Great War and Revolution” series and a co-edited volume with the University of Tennessee Press, North Carolina During the First World War. He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers, and First World War Studies.

Russia is the biggest country by land area in the world, stretching from the Sea of Japan all the way to the Baltic and the border with Finland. It straddles two continents and is home to a diverse multiethnic population. Russia’s history traditionally starts in the year 862 AD. We’re going to take a whirlwind tour of Russia’s history and learn more about why Russia has been back in the headlines lately.

Bring your questions to Mixlr and join us for this inaugural episode of Southern Wonder! You can also follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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Introducing Southern Wonder with Allison Braden

Photo of Allison BradenAllison Braden began her career in curiosity early. As a child, she insisted on knowing what was beyond the universe, and she hasn’t stopped wondering since. Until scientists figure that out, she’s focused on curiosities closer to home, especially literature, culture, geography, and history. On Southern Wonder, she’ll learn about these topics and more with Charlotteans who actually know what they’re talking about.

Allison applied to Georgia Tech with the intention of studying computer science, but she couldn’t resist the pull of the humanities and switched majors before even arriving on campus. She graduated with a degree in international affairs and Spanish. Since then, she’s traveled to Venezuela to observe an election, lived in northern Bangladesh, and traipsed around Mongolia, Siberia, and the American South. She is still figuring out how to get paid to travel and ask questions.

About Southern Wonder

Image for Southern Wonder ShowCharlotte Community Radio’s newest show is a venue for intellectual curiosity in the New South. Charlotte is full of people who know a lot. Southern Wonder will be a point of connection between these experts and everyone else. Every other Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, host Allison Braden will sit down with local experts to take deep dives into topics in literature, culture, philosophy, and more. But far from being a show exclusively for Ph.D’s, Southern Wonder is for everyone. More than anything, Southern Wonder celebrates curiosity. It celebrates open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why. No experience necessary.

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Tea Time Jan 17th: Jonell Logan, Remixs & Redefines Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina only scratch the surface of the art museums that have been touched by Tea Time’s next guest Jonell Logan. She will be my first guest of the New Year, Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Charlotte Community Radio.

Jonell is an independent curator, arts advocate, and founder of 300 Arts Project, LLC, an arts management and consulting company that helps museums, colleges, and collectors expand and document their exhibitions, scholarships, and collections. Jonell has also served as the adviser and catalog essayist for the Columbia Museum of Art’s current exhibition, REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art and is on the board of The Light Factory here in Charlotte.

In 2016, Jonell was a TEDx Charlotte speaker (which I am kicking myself for missing). Let me not leave out that Mrs. Logan is also an experienced professor, teaching Art and Art History at various colleges and universities including schools in the City College of New York System, Trident Technical College, and the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

I think we will have quite a bit to discuss, so please tune in as I chat with Jonell about defining and redefining art, and hopefully find out just what is “REMIXING” if we are not referring to music?

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