Open Mic Night: Is this the New Evangelization?

It's not everyday I get to post on Patheos Catholic from a neighborhood dive bar.But I'm headed to Wabash College today, to give a noon talk and an evening lecture on Thursday, and I need to give you something in the meantime. (I had a warm-up talk/conversation here at the University of North Dakota on Monday. I'll post all three here once I get back, in case anyone's interested.)On Tuesday nights, I've started attending a local open mic, in hopes of knocking off some rust to start p … [Read more...]

“White History Month”

Two years ago, during my first year of teaching at Wabash College, I was invited to give a "Chapel Talk," a weekly lecture on the speaker's choice. Since I have a natural aversion to controversy, I wrote and delivered the following talk on a bland and safe topic: Black History Month and the notion of race.Since it's February again, I share it here in video and text. I have not done much more work in the philosophy of race since writing this talk, but I do hope to return to it sooner than … [Read more...]

Was Columbus White?

On another side of this holiday, we find another lesson: a lesson about whiteness.Columbus Day is often treated, on both sides, as the day that so-called white people discovered/conquered (see my previous post) non-whites.This is mistaken: in 1492 "white people" hadn't been invented yet. The invention of Whiteness didn't happen for several hundred years later.In the British colonies and Whiggish United States, Columbus --- and all of Spanish and Italian culture --- would never … [Read more...]

Sep 21, 2012 9:35pm

“Let us be realists and demand the impossible: Communism,” a lecture by Slavoj Zizek. Or: “What I spent a lot of my time doing: watching Slavoj Zizek,” a confession by Sam Rocha. … [Read more...]

Sep 10, 2012 5:11pm

I submitted this rendition of “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB” for the Love Come Alive 2012 talent search, sponsored by Mysterium. I haven’t competed in this sort of competition before, but I do know that the amount of views it gets plays into the decision, so please take a view or twenty and feel free to spread it like the plague. Thanks!SR … [Read more...]

Aug 22, 2012 10:29pm

Coming soon: Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine This had better be good. I am suspicious, as usual. Expect a full review when it comes out. In case you missed it earlier, I gave a talk about a month ago on Augustine’s Confessions: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” … [Read more...]

Aug 18, 2012 9:00pm

Here is a rough acoustic sketch of another song for the upcoming album. It’s titled “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB.” … [Read more...]

Aug 9, 2012 7:35am

I’m anticipating being scarce for about a week or so. I know, I know, this tends to backfire.  Regardless, I’ve been working on the songs for the album I am going to Kickstart this October and try to record in 2013. Here is a very rough sketch of the of form for the title track, “Late to Love.” Enjoy!SR … [Read more...]

July 26, 2012 1:06am

My son, Gabriel Luis Rocha, performing some of his improvisational compositions; inspired, so he tells me, by a computer game. … [Read more...]

July 25, 2012 9:04am

Here is the lecture I gave yesterday at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota entitled “Liturgy as Mystagogy: Why We Must Dance to a Catholic Beat.” It follows the notes below:I. Preface My previous lecture’s principle argument—that the heart is fundamentally superior to the head, that Love is sufficient to being and becoming a human person—should primarily say something about beauty. I want to introduce today’s lecture by proposing the following relationship and order betwe … [Read more...]


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