MTSU "On The Record" 2009
|December 27, 2009||
Title: "Obama's Rookie Season--International"
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"
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.
Title: "The Angelic Way"
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"
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
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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||
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"
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"
Synopsis: David Hudson, adjunct political science
professor, talks about his new book
Combat Sports: An Encylopedia of Wrestling, Fighting, and
|September 13, 2009||
Title: "Wrestling with the Angel"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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
|August 2, 2009||
Title: "Maybe Now I'll Get the Respect I So Richly
Synopsis: MTSU alumnus and award-winning illustrator Wayne
White talks about a 400-page compilation
ofillustrations and paintings from his three-decade
|July 26, 2009||
Title: "MTSU and NSCC"
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
|July 19, 2009||
Title: "The Philosophy of Music"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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?"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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||
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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.