MTSU "On The Record" 2009

December 27, 2009

Title: "Obama's Rookie Season--International"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Robb McDaniel

Synopsis: The associate professor of political science returns to look at President Obama's first year in foreign policy, including Iraq, Afghanistan and America's image abroad.

December 20, 2009

Title: "Obama's Rookie Season--Domestic"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Robb McDaniel

Synopsis: The associate professor of political science analyzes President Obama's first year on major domestic initiatives, including the economic stimulus package and health care reform.

December 13, 2009

Title: "The Angelic Way"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Synopsis: The latest book by Dr. Rami Shapiro, adjunct professor of religion and ordained rabbi, examines the role of angels in all major faiths from Christianity to Zoroastrianism.

December 6, 2009

Title: "Picture Not-So-Perfect"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Chris Harris

Synopsis: The professor and professional photographer returns to analyze some of the latest manipulations of still and video images in the news media.

November 29, 2009

Title: "Jesus as a Locus for Dialogue Between Muslims and Christians"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Ron Messier

Synopsis: The professor emeritus of history and Middle East expert returns to talk about how a mutual appreciation of Jesus of Nazareth could become the centerpiece of productive discussions by adherents of Christian and Islam.

November 22, 2009

Title: "How to Cook Everything"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Mark Bittman

Synopsis: Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist on food and cooking, talks about healthy eating. He was a guest speaker at the Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at MTSU Nov. 11-12.

November 15, 2009

Title: "Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Kris McCusker

Synopsis: Dr. Kris McCusker, history, talks about her research into the impact of public health policy from 1918-1945 on attitudes toward death and dying in the South.

November 8, 2009

Title: "Veterans Memorial Project"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Dr. Derek Frisby and Don Witherspoon

Synopsis: Two members of the Veterans Memorial Committee talk about the structure that honors the military service of members of the MTSU community.

November 1, 2009

Title: "Campus School Anniversary"
Host: Tom Tozer
Guests: Homer Pittard Campus School supporter John Green; Marrie Lasater, chair of the 80th anniversary celebration committee; and Ryan Whitefield, Campus School student

Synopsis: Guests from Homer Pittard Campus School talk about the MTSU institution's rich history and its 80th anniversary celebration.

October 25, 2009

Title: "The Almoravids"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Ron Messier

Synopsis: Dr. Ron Messier, former director of the Honors Program and professor emeritus of history, will talk about his forthcoming book about a Berber dynasty that began in the western Sahara and came to hold sway over almost all land from the Sengal River in west Africa to the Ebro River in Spain.

October 18, 2009

Title: "Holocaust Studies Conference"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg

Synopsis: Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will talk about "Roosevelt, Truman and the Holocaust," the topic of his address to the MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, which is slated for Oct. 22-24.

October 11, 2009

Title: "Gender Equality"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Paula England

Synopsis: Dr. Paula England, who is slated to speak at the 2009 Tennessee Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at MTSU next month, talks via telephone from her office at Stanford University about gender equality in the workplace and dating relationships among college-age men and women.

October 4, 2009

Title: "TEN-HUT!"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Lt. Col. Tharrel Kast

Synopsis: The chair of the Department of Military Science discusses the education of the 21st century soldier and how colleges are helping to prepare people for the armed forces.

September 27, 2009

Title: "Health Care Co-ops"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Justin Gardner

Synopsis: Dr. Justin Gardner, assistant professor of agribusiness and agriscience, describes the application of the co-op model to health care.

September 20, 2009

Title: "Combat Sports"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: David Hudson

Synopsis: David Hudson, adjunct political science professor, talks about his new book Combat Sports: An Encylopedia of Wrestling, Fighting, and Mixed Martial Arts.

September 13, 2009

Title: "Wrestling with the Angel"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Susan Griffin

Synopsis: Author and playwright Susan Griffin, who is slated to speak at MTSU in observance of Constitution Day, talks via telephone from Berkeley, Calif., about her latest book Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, the Autobiography of an American Citizen.

September 6, 2009

Title: "The Color and Gender of Journalism"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Dwight Brooks

Synopsis: Dr. Dwight Brooks, new director of the School of Journalism, talks about race and gender issues in the media.

August 30, 2009

Title: "Recording Industry"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Richard Barnet

Synopsis: Dr. Richard Barnet, professor of recording industry, discusses the technological and economic changes in the profession and what majors can expect in the market when they graduate.

August 23, 2009

Title: "WISTEM Center"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross and Cacy DeSheles

Synopsis: The sheltering of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS), and Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) under one center aimed at helping women science students is discussed by Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, chemistry professor, and Cacy DeSheles, assistant director of GRITS.

August 16, 2009

Title: "There is an Urgency"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Gregrhi Love

Synopsis: MTSU graduate Gregrhi Love discusses his memoir, a story of his traumatic childhood as the son of a prostitute and a drug addict, and his journey to college graduate and anti-child abuse activist.

August 9, 2009

Title: "Political Science"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Stephen Morris

Synopsis: Dr. Stephen Morris, MTSU's new chair of the Department of Political Science, talks about his plans for the department and his new class, "Special Topics in Political Corruption."

August 2, 2009

Title: "Maybe Now I'll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Wayne White

Synopsis: MTSU alumnus and award-winning illustrator Wayne White talks about a 400-page compilation ofillustrations and paintings from his three-decade career.

July 26, 2009

Title: "MTSU and NSCC"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Michelle Blackwell

Synopsis: Michelle Blackwell, director of Transfer Student Services, talks about the new agreement between MTSU and Nashville State Community College to make it easier for transfer students to obtain admission to a four-year institution.

July 19, 2009

Title: "The Philosophy of Music"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Ron Bombardi

Synopsis: Dr. Ron Bombardi, chair of the Department of Philosophy, talks about the new class he'll be teaching in the fall, in which students will pursue a variety of theories and perspectives that have affected the nature of music.

July 12, 2009

Title: "Albert Gore Research Center"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Jim Williams

Synopsis: The Albert Gore Research Center is a repository of artifacts from the life of Albert Gore Sr., the history of MTSU and so much more. Its director, Dr. Jim Williams, explains thsi treasure trove of research opportunities.

July 5, 2009

Title: "Shape Note Singing School"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Stephen Shearon

Synopsis: Ben Speer's Stamps-Baxter School of Music will conduct a two-week learning session at MTSU that will bring the sounds of Southern Gospel alive. Dr. Stephen Shearon, professor of music, explains shape note singing and this unique educational and cultural experience.

June 28, 2009

Title: "The King of All Media"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Larry Burriss

Synopsis: Dr. Larry Burriss, journalism professor and First Amendment expert, discusses various news media issues, including swine flu coverage and weather reporting.

June 21, 2009

Title: "The Pursuit of Happiness"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Phil Oliver

Synopsis: Dr. Phil Oliver, assistant professor of philosophy, explains "The Philosophy of Happiness," a new class he will be teaching beginning this fall.

June 14, 2009

Title: "Where Elephants Go to Die?"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Robb McDaniel

Synopsis: The disarray in the national Republican Party and the outlook for the future are the topics explored by Dr. Robb McDaniel, associate director of political science.

June 7, 2009

Title: "The CSI Clue Crew"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Hugh Berryman

Synopsis: The annual CSI: MTSU camp, slated for June 16-19, is discussed by its founder, Dr. Hugh Berryman, who describes the way he takes attending teenagers through the procedures of crime scene analysis.

May 31, 2009

Title: "Citizenship and Community in a Globalized World"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. John Maynor

Synopsis: The associate professor of political science talks about his summer (June 1-July 2) Senior Seminar class titled "Perspective on Politics: Citizenship and Community in a Globalized World."

May 24, 2009

Title: "Higher Education in Shackles"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Spencer Crew

Synopsis: This year's Distinguished Public Historian, Dr. Spencer Crew, talks about his upcoming panel discussion on "American Slavery and its Impact on Universities, Past and Present."

May 17, 2009

Title: "Higher Education for Immigrants"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Laura Blackwell Clark

Synopsis: Dr. Laura Blackwell Clark, assistant professor of educational leadership, talks about attitudes toward educating immigrants of all statuses, including undocumented aliens, beyond the K-12 level.

May 10, 2009

Title: "Tajdid"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Sean Foley

Synopsis: Dr. Sean Foley, assistant professor of history, recaps his lecture at the American University of Beirut in which he explains three turning points in world history at which the Islamic world profoundly influenced Western thought.

May 3, 2009

Title: "Ghana Study"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Andrew Owusu

Synopsis: The assistant professor of health and human performance talks about the second phase of his groundbreaking study of the health and wellness of youth in his native Ghana.

April 26, 2009

Title: "Liberty Fund Seminar"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. William Levine

Synopsis: Dr. Bill Levine, English professor, discusses his participation in the Liberty Fund Socratic Seminar, a discussion of the Constitution's basis in 18th century natural rights theory and how it has evolved (or not) over time.

April 19, 2009

Title: "The Rural Landscape"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Doug Heffington

Synopsis: Dr. Doug Heffington, who teaches a class on rural geography, talks about what his students have learned so far.

April 12, 2009

Title: "Summer Language Institute"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Shelley Thomas

Synopsis: For the seventh consecutive year, Dr. Shelley Thomas of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will coordinate the Summer Language Institute for adults.It will be hosted by the University School of Nashville and the O' More School of Design in Franklin.

April 5, 2009

Title: "Down on the Farm"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Dr. Warren Gill and Dr. Justin Gardner

Synopsis: The chair of the Department of Agribusiness and Agriscience and an assistant professor discuss subsidies, genetically modified foods, and other agricultural issues.

March 29, 2009

Title: "The Sound of History"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Martin Fisher

Synopsis: We explore the sounds of today recorded with the technology of yesteryear as Martin Fisher, manager of recorded media collections for the Center for Popular Music, talks about how he preserves sound on various formats for the ages.

March 22, 2009

Title: "Poto Mitan"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Renee Bergan and Mark Schuller

Synopsis: Two documentarians discuss their film "Poto Mitan," a movie that chronicles the lives of five Haitian women as they fight economic exploitation and degrading working conditions. The film was screened at MTSU in February.

March 15, 2009

Title: "Positive Behavior Support Initiative"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Zaf Khan

Synopsis: The director of this MTSU project elaborates on the encouragement of social competence and academic achievement through strategies, practices, and interventions that have proven to be effective.

March 8, 2009

Title: "The Writer's Loft"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: J. Terry Price

Synopsis: The director of MTSU's creative writing program talks about the art and the craft of nurturing budding authors.

March 1, 2009

Title: "English Language School"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Jeff Hutcheson and Donna Myers

Synopsis: The district director of English Language Schools and the project director of the ELS at MTSU talk about the need to help people improve their English skills and prepare for university studies.

February 22, 2009

Title: "The Ash Crash"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Dr. Warner Cribb and Jennifer Pickering

Synopsis: An MTSU professor and one of his students discuss a geochemical survey of toxic metals concentrations in river water and sediments around the six TVA coal-fired power plants that store coal ash on-site.

February 15, 2009

Title: "Covering the Obama Administration--Race and Gender"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Dr. Jennifer Woodard and Dr. Clare Bratten

Synopsis: Two professors from the College of Mass Communication look at how race and gender issues could affect the news media's coverage of the nation's first African-American president.

February 8, 2009

Title: "Ralph Vile and James Madison"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. John Vile

Synopsis: Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College, discusses two new books--his father's collection of aphorisms and a collection of essays on James Madison for which Vile was the co-editor.

February 1, 2009

Title: "The Internship for Bangladesh"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Steve Sibley

Synopsis: MTSU graduate Steve Sibley, initial recipient of the Kawahito Scholarship for Experiential World Poverty Studies, talks about his fall semester in Bangladesh.

January 25, 2009

Title: "Express Yourself"
Host: Gina Logue
Guests: Marsha Powers and Hannah Green

Synopsis: Collage, the student literary magazine, is enhanced for the first time by monetary awards for deserving student entries. Editor-in-Chief Hannah Green and Marsha Powers, University Honors College coordinator, discuss the latest edition.

January 18, 2009

Title: "Number 44"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Robb McDaniel

Synopsis: On the Sunday before the inauguration, Dr. Robb McDaniel, political science, talks about how President-elect Barack Obama has handled the transition period to date and prospects for the initial days of his new administration.

January 11, 2009

Title: "Hail to the Chief"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Kris McCusker

Synopsis: Dr. Kris McCusker, history, looks at the upcoming presidency of Barack Obama from an historical perspective and examines the initial days of 20th century presidents.

January 4, 2009

Title: "I Wouldn't Touch It With a Ten-Foot Poll"
Host: Gina Logue
Guest: Dr. Jason Reineke

Synopsis: The associate director of the MT Poll discusses how pollsters strive to make their research accurate and how the general public should regard and assess poll results when they are reported in the media.