Viva La Library Live

This is a recording of the first ever live performance of the information literacy song, Viva La Library. This took place at the opening ceremony of the Butler Summer Games on May 10th, 2017. Performed by the LibCats.   [Read more…]

Steve Reich, Tehillim

Indiana University has an interesting archive featuring Steve Reich’s exploration of the Psalms. And the recent Past Forward composer spotlight on Reich is also very interesting. [Read more…]

Evil and God

I had a wonderful conversation recently with a student, which touched on a number of aspects of the problem of evil that – despite millennia of attention – seem to me somewhat neglected. For instance, the classic statement of the problem focuses on the incompatibility of three things: omnipotence, omnibenevolence, and evil. But what about [Read More…]

Apply now for Religion, Spirituality & the Arts

Apply now for Religion, Spirituality & the Arts – Creation Learn, collaborate, and explore how art and spirituality come together. The next seminar series will once again explore Creation with an emphasis on Genesis 1 & 2, Adam and Eve. Applications will be accepted between April 17th and May 31st. Seminar sessions will take place [Read More…]

Gamification in Higher Education (Including Canon: The Card Game) at Gen Con 2017

I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting at Gen Con’s Trade Day for the first time this year, together with two of my colleagues. We have a two hour session planned, the first half of which will be presentations and discussions about our experience with gamification at a variety of levels in [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Knock Knock

Bill and some other students are looking for a house for six, and after being frustrated with what is available, a mysterious man offers them an enormous old house. The Doctor helps Bill to move, and senses something is odd. Bill says that the Doctor is her granddad. Bill says that an old house and [Read More…]

Tõnu Kõrvits

Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits set the above traditional hymns in a new way. You can hear more of his work on his Soundcloud page: Here are two recordings of the same movement from his “Songs from the Song of Songs”: [Read more…]

Jesus vs. the GOP

The contrasting quotes come via Jonathan Bernier on Facebook. In making the meme, I chose two images of Jesus interacting with people with preexisting conditions. [Read more…]

Tolkien Have Mercy

Dănuţ Mănăstireanu drew my attention to the video above. It is striking how its creator felt that this music – Kyrie Eleison – fit well in conjunction with scenes from the Lord of the Rings. What do you make of the juxtaposition? [Read more…]

Butler University Course to Teach “Strategies of Resistance” against Trumpism

Even the Daily Mail is reporting on a course at Butler University that explores the election of Donald Trump and strategies for resistance. It is ironic that the article (and the conservative blog posts it is based on) views the offering of such a course as somehow against the spirit of inclusivity. If I may (in the [Read More…]