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Smart Barker Holiday Single

Please enjoy our new holiday single, “Los Pantalones de Navidad,” inspired by the heartwarming traditional tale of the Christmas pants. Check it out at iTunes—only 99¢! Also available for download at Amazon—same low price!

via Smart Barker Holiday Single — Daniel Armstrong Robinson

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Tech Companies Need English Majors!

It’s an increasingly tired meme that we need more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates. Of course we do. Research shows we need more qualified workers to accommodate an economy that’s increasingly reliant on engineering skills.

But there’s something else we need: English majors. Why? Because as important as the technology is that powers our lives, businesses also depend on liberal arts-centric communicators to articulate why the technology matters.

Read more from Business Insider here.

Moneyball and the Inspirational Sports Movie

2013-09-10_1548Congratulations to Professor Janine Utell: her brilliant article “Game Changing: Moneyball, Adaptation, and the Inspirational Sports Movie” has just been published in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 29.1 (Fall 2011/Winter 2012).

The adaptation of Moneyball asks how are we being required to rethink the underlying assumptions of the inspirational sports movie and the collective cultural myth from which it emerges in the context of the new epistemological model presented by “moneyball.”

Barry Hannah on Writing

Barry Hannah, one of the writers Professor Graybill studies, has a terrific essay on “Why I Write” in the Oxford American–check it out here.

Garrison Keillor Must Be Stopped

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Poetry is Promethean

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Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals–at The Telegraph.

New research shows that reading literature is even better for your brain than we thought. I especially like this part:

Scans showed that the more “challenging” prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the more pedestrian versions.

“Thus life we term a spark, a fire, a flame”–Humphry Davy, poet, chemist, author of On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity (1806). What happens when you read poetry about electricity?

Just in time for my sabbatical: electrical activity, I’m waiting.

DR

You Must Contribute, Brain!

Milton and the Devils Party has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the release of its third album, entitled You Must Contribute, Brain!

Please support your rock-n-roll professors with any donation starting at $1. Click here to help!

Tell your brain to contribute!

Pre-order Professor Pobo’s new chapbook!

Click here to pre-order Professor Pobo’s forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press! Save My Place will be available November 9th, but reserve yours now!

Milton and the Devils Party at the Haverford Music Festival

Hey everybody–our band, Milton and the Devils Party, is opening up the Haverford Music Festival this Saturday at noon. (Well, we’re following the School of Rock kids. I guess this means we won’t be playing “Nude for Satan.”)

So, come out and support your rocking professors!Image

DR

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