Gloria Lee Mcmillan

Gloria Lee Mcmillan
The University of Arizona | UA · Department of English

Ph.D.
Researching a play to be called Channeling on Jane Addams's life and her work at Hull-House Settlement in Chicago

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Introduction
Gloria's research interests are rhetoric, literature, film, and visual culture. Coming in Sept. 2021: _The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class_ edited by Gloria McMillan. Gloria is working on a new play (working title): The Inlfuencers, about co-opted fine art during the Cold War. She has taught college English for over 25 years and is the "Arts" liaison with the University of Arizona's College of Science (various boards).
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December 2010 - February 2020
The University of Arizona
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Art for blog and theatrical play
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This is "fan art" such as fans of films do in science fiction fandom. I am just doing it now with presentations from the Arizona Opera League. I help to publicize the current opera's on my Facebook page and offer the art to the league to use however they wish or not, as the case may be.
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This new world premier opera is about a maid ina hotel who died in Bibee, Arizona, and who haunts the hotel.
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Technologies for encoding and visualizing information, from the paperback novel to the digital map, far from critiquing culture and knowledge, provide us with superficial and indiscriminate information, such that a medium's potential for increasing democratic participation, individual autonomy, and community sovereignty is related to ways that user...
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This is a talk linking art and science at the annual Bloomsday event. Really, it does bring science in!
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A version of this essay was published in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom newsletter. It has both historic photos and an original drawing. This details life in the south side of Chicago about when Hull-House, the world-known settlement house Jane Addams and others founded, just had started. The conditions recall London's White...
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Scratchboard: part of a series of operatic artworks for the Arizona Opera Company's social media
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This rhetorical analysis of the continuing influence that the 1954 Hollywood film -On the Waterfront_ has upon US attitudes is based upon a textual analysis of the script. This film is regularly shown on "classic movie" TV channels, has been subject of nights at the opera and symphony that feature the score and summaries of the characters and plot...
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STORY: The Pearl We know oysters make pearls from great pain and irritation. Pearls are also a metaphor of wisdom. This story is a turning point in lives.
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A rhetorical analysis of the opera based upon Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar named Desire.
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Submitted to AZ Opera League for their social media... Here are the variations on my drawing for the Opera Streetcar. I don't much like this play, to be honest. Any playwright who would describe a character as a "greasy Polack" as Tennessee Williams did Stanley is not going to make me into a fan. But I thought about how to shift focus so that the...
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This very short story is an exploration of the "cosmic" in the poetic sense and also in physical sciences. The worlds overlap, yet our focus on science vs. humanities keep them apart. In terms of social relations, the role of her maid Margaret Maher as a helper in Dickinson's creative work has until recently gone unrecognized. The left an incomplet...
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Series of digital art for the Arizona Opera League
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These images are to enhance the social media of the Arizona Opera. I am in the league and have volunteered to create some art for them.
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This is the original sketch made on brown shopping bag. I am using these bags as paper because they are a good mid-tone.
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Unusual times call for unusual art, yet, oddly enough, nobody really wants to see or hear the unusual. People cry out to return to “normalcy,” meaning the usual blinkers, as opposed to the strange and new aspects of the world, time, and space that they are suddenly see thrust before them. That newer view must be an illusion, pundits argue in the me...
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ESSAY: Scale in our Lives This essay examines two texts (Asimov's story ""Nightfall" and Nicholas Ray's 1955 film _Rebel without a Cause_) to illustrate how "human-only" scale fills our mental horizons. With a claim to "pragmatic behavior" and "being practical," we limit the search for solutions on earth by considering everything not at human scal...
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REVISED: This essay suggests that the terms for the art of living artist may be having some rhetorical effects upon how art is viewed. I also explore how some terms are mainly status and market-oriented while other terms refer to the interior processes of creativity. Two illustrative cases: Charles Ives and Bela Bartok. Key words: avant-garde, Mod...
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NEUROLOGICAL RESPONSE TO A TEDIOUS MARKETING SURVEY ================================================================== This photo collage is a response to a rhetorical situation: receiving a marketing survey form a performing arts group. ================================================================== The survey asks "what kind of art will I lik...
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This is another quick drawing experiment. I am seeing what effect being at a live concert has on my drawing. I do draw differently. I tend to get into the beats they are playing and this doesn't happen when I listen to recorded music. Watching the musicians live also makes me more motivated to do the art. I think this was the case with Touluse Laut...
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Chamber Music Sketch: Yang Jin on Pipa playing Philip Glass "The Sound of a Voice." NOTE: I view this as my amateur brain experiment: how do my visual and auditory centers collaborate? I take materials to draw every open rehearsal this week. Note how I draw, what do I emphasize? I surprise myself sometime as in the Schubert "Trout" I go into a tra...
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Chamber Music Sketch: Yang Jin on Pipa playing Philip Glass "The Sound of a Voice." NOTE: I view this as my amateur brain experiment: how do my visual and auditory centers collaborate? I take materials to draw every open rehearsal this week. Note how I draw, what do I emphasize? I surprise myself sometime as in the Schubert "Trout" I go into a tra...
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This lithograph was an attempt to show a "female gaze" In Arizona where I live, the land of the Hopis, I am drawing upon many meanings and relationships that women have to navigate. The Hopi people have a god figure called "Spider Woman." This lithograph is not meant to represent her but a is a metaphorical weaving of women and their responsibi...
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This lithograph was created on a manual lithographic press in Feb 1979 at the University of Arizona under the teaching of Wayne Enstice and George Arntz (TA). George is an exceptionally fine lithographer.
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African American theatre critics and others, as well, wonder how Tennessee Williams could write about the South and have no major characters who are African American. This essay explores the use of metaphor of Beauty and The Beast in _A Streetcar named Desire_. In "Streetcar", there is one darkly hulking stranger: Stanley Kowalski, who is ambiguo...
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This is a photo collage of an idea for a painting. It grows from a series I created many years ago called "industrial folk art." This will incorporate tropes from science fiction.
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A rhetorical analysis of a local Tiffany's store in Arizona as enactment of Bourdieu's "distinction" and Georg Simmel's "Philosophy of Money."
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Routledge Companion to Literature and Class (partial introduction) This is part II of my Introduction draft for the Routledge Companion to Literature and Class Pt 1 was what is class, a Vonnegutian "granfalloon?" Bring in some class theory... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
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Sociological research done in France some decades ago suggests that we not only harden the arteries leading to our hearts by eating fatty foods and not exercising, but we also harden our hearts by forming categories in our minds.
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This essay explores the roles of foundation grants in standardizing art teaching in the United States and other new currents in in art philosophy and pedagogy. Using rhetorical analysis, this essay concludes is that discipline-based art education leaves almost no room for narrative. This is important to note because the lack of class time and att...
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Why is retro-logic always the dominant kind of reasoning in judging art? What effect does playing it safe have upon aesthetic judgment? How can artists learn to trust themselves and to think outside the box?
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The Shrinking Foodie Horizon ...attempts to document the effect of nationally syndicated food columns in US newspapers. These effects are not limited to foods and dining but are part of a generalized disinterest in global cultures in the US (and may also be a function of narrowing due to centralized communications.)
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This is an essay that connects to my new logical fallcy "ad civitatem." That is a parallel to the "ad hominem" fallacy but relates more to the town you have come from. Some cities now cause people to fall off exercise bicycles, merely hearing their names mentioned.
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These ten minute plays are a popular new genre of live theatre. They are like short stories and are bundled together by theatre companies as potboilers. As something who likes theatre not just about relationships, but incorporating interesting concepts and challenging ideas, this is a new and helpful form of drama for me to attempt. PLAY SCRIPT h...
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The Ventriloqism in the Theatre essay relates to "voice," "social and cultural power, and perspective. What does taking a single factor do to portraying a complex social situation? How can those who become Alpha members of a group connect to those still voiceless? What avenues have film and theatre taken that have become ruts and almost meaningle...
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In the spirit of the British cultural theorist Raymond Williams, let's explore a couple key words: art and artifice. ART in the Oxford English Dictionary: The expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting, drawing, or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty o...
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This is the required biographical statement for the National Eugene O'Neill Play Competition. I hope that this may help other novices in this area. I explain the common thread that my plays all have an element of humility, compassion, and empathy, even when characters seems largely unlikable at first.
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Supplement to Objective Statement for O'Neill Play Comptition. Video made with Beethoven music that tours through the largest ruine dchurch in the United States. The de-industrial decline in Gary, Indiana's, population formed the path of decay of this once magnificent structure. Now two major horror films have had scenes set there.
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Tour of Gary Methodist Church ruin with Beethoven music. This is the largest ruined church in the United States. This ruin accompanied the devastation of Gary, IN, as de-industrialization led to loss of members of the church. Used to seat 2500. Two horror films have had scenes here.
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This is the Statement of the playwright's objectives required to be added at end of play script to the National O'Neill Play Contest. Winning plays--eight, I think--have their plays workshop-ed at this festival and writer's workshop in Connecticut. This is the most major US play competition, along with the Yale competition and the Tennessee William...
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I have made a small additional scene after a comment from a university reader in Chicago. The O'Neill contest (one of biggest in US) opens for play submissions in a few days. This 67 pp. script reads more like 25 because script pages have only about 1/3 the words.
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PUBLISHED Opinion Editorial from Arizona Daily Star. "When Friends 'look forward to Reading'--" Tags: Rhetoric, Insincerity, Circumlocutions, Commercial values, Artistic values, Role of the arts, Value of artistic work, Options for change, Patience of Artists, Making oneself unpopular in Town OpEd is printed, Humor
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This OpEd deals with the insincere phrase about "looking forward to" reading a person's work...Yet what lurks beyond is far broader, the whole weight of valuing creative work in our societies. Why are we too busy to read? What is creativity worth, these days? This is an amazing progression of questions leading to some of the prime sparks that move...
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Please consider commenting this playscript. I have to sumit it quite soon. Swiftian satirical play. Draft of ALL THE OLD FAMILIAR PLACES, a play for the Eugene O'Neill National Play writing competition. Starts Sept. the 12th to Oct. 13th dates for submission. I have expanded this play and changed one name that seemed too broad a satire.
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You are my expert readers. You know whether this opening will make you read on. Does it?
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Lupe Gallardo Marshall, a social worker at Chicago's Hull House Settlement House, helped the wounded and dying at the Memorial Day Massacre in South Chicago in 1937. Results of the May 30, 1937 Memorial Day Massacre at Republic Steel in South Chicago. LINK to Newsreel showing Lupe in some shots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q3RUGLfFv0 It star...
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I have changed the name to All the Old Familiar Places (formerly Nobody goes to Gary) because the former title gave too much information and may have seemed too harsh to those living in Gary. The play is not against them. "All the Old Familiar Places" comes from the song here sung by Billie Holiday: "I'll be seeing You in All the old--" https://ww...
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This Powerpoint slide show graphically illustrates the top steel producers as of 2017 with a note regarding 2019.
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This is another tale of life in the famed Rust Belt and how denizens of the "Belt" fare when they attempt to enter the world beyond its boundaries to the university. this is more autobiographical than most so should probably be called "creative non-fiction?"
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Revision after comments. One reader suggested more images and edit down words. Add. humor. Topic: why science fiction ended up in a less-respected ghetto. How no one angle "solves' the problem of art and science. Origin in feud between Virginia Woolf, Henry James , and H. G. Wells.
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TITLE OF FILE: The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music put my sketches of Mar. 10, 2019 rehearsal up at their official Facebook page with my permission. That is a kind of "publication," I believe. Everything is cropped so to see these drawings, please go to their individual files at Art and Science page where I will open a new Topic on "synesthesia"...
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The 'Doomsday Clock" Media Experiment This brief preliminary to a more complete rhetorical analysis of the "Doomsday Clock" announcement coverage was done in late Jan. 2019. The purpose was to map some features of coverage or lack of coverage of the Doomsday Clock announcement. As studies of social media have shown empirically, "memes" have the a...
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The 'Doomsday Clock" Media Experiment This brief preliminary to a more complete rhetorical analysis of the "Doomsday Clock" announcement coverage was done in late Jan. 2019. The purpose was to map some features of coverage or lack of coverage of the Doomsday Clock announcement. As studies of social media have shown empirically, "memes" have the a...
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The 'Doomsday Clock" Media Experiment This brief preliminary to a more complete rhetorical analysis of the "Doomsday Clock" announcement coverage was done in late Jan. 2019. The purpose was to map some features of coverage or lack of coverage of the Doomsday Clock announcement. ================================================================= As...
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This guest editorial takes us to the land of the irreal. Josie gets what she always wanted--being top dog--or better--roach. Would H. G. Wells call this vision The Shape of Things to Come? Or, like the Dickens character of Scrooge, can we change the shadow of the future?
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This is a rhetorical analysis of the Jan. 24, 2019 Doomsday Clock announcement of the risk of nuclear war, how this risk was assessed, and the recommendations of the Atomic Scientists community. LINK to The Bulletin: https://thebulletin.org/2019/01/2019-doomsday-clock-link-roll/
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What is humanity's role in the vastness of space? Will we last long enough to _have_ a role? =================================================================== In March 1941, the editor of _Astounding_ magazine, John W. Campbell, set a 21-year-old writer named Isaac Asimov to write a story on Emerson's quotation: =================================...
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Dear Readers, ================================================================= I believe theatre is a collaborative and cooperative art. That is, counter to the individualist philosophy, we in theatre share, help each other, and give advice. ================================================================== NOTE: if anyone wants help, please writ...
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This essay shows graphic examples of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Cited archival research is the New York Herald's caring for poor people in 1893. How people become visible or invisible is the theme of this OpEd. NOTE: The New York Herald Clothing Fund concert was led by Antonin Dvorak who directed the National Conservatory of Music endowe...
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This draft is the one I am submitting to theatres mainly in Chicago for development. Some touches were added in this draft that may not be in the v. 2 draft, song near end and so on. Professional directors of theatre in Tucson, Arizona, USA, have read and peer edited this draft. I have two letters from them to accompany this draft i submitting to...
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This is the final version for now. I have sent this version out. I hope most of the rough spots are gone. I added to the ending pages from v 2 version.
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Nobody goes to Gary is a Swiftian satire. Gil Tolliver, an investigative reporter I New York City, makes a fateful journey into the real heart of Gary, Indiana, after hearing the musical tune "Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana" during _The Music Man_. Don't measure the distance of Gary from New York in miles, but in emotional light years. The struggle...
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NOBODY GOES TO GARY (working title of play) What happens if you live in an MAZ? Media Avoidance Zone? This can be a source of great invisibility and mirth (for some.) Those from a strange and rare MAZ called Gary, Indiana, decide to let their little lights shine, even though people who have seen the play The Music Man think they know all there is...
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Notes on a Musical Comedy of Horrors. Sometimes an emotional trigger response is a shudder of the uncanny, but that does not mean it can't also be funny.
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I have added a faded out atmospheric tone to the back of the clump in the mysological specimen to the right. To give more foreground fungi, I enlarged those branches and made them silhouettes. These may be quite small, not human sized or even close, Maybe just a centimeter or two high. The idea came from more news of substrates with water on Mars....
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Mars Wet Cave v 5 This is a study of an ancient, eroded Martian lava tube, showing a mycological system. I have attempted to show some phosphorescence in the fungi. I may add a bit more depth to the fungi on the right. At first that clump appeared totally flattened and I am experimenting with how to bring some forward into darkness and recede oth...
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The rhetorical situation now recalls that of the "Gilded Age" of the later Victorian Period. This "subaltern" essay asks some timely questions. Timely now. Timely then. As always, your comments are most welcome. Do you know a periodical for which this essay may be well-suited?
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STORY is dealing with a device that derails the "brain tracks" or neurobiology of hate.
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I welcome your comments. Being in rhetoric and language studies, I find the migration of terms regarding working people of great interest because of the tendency toward dehumanized or circumlocutionary usage. I forget which position that Will Shakespeare took on roses smelling as sweet no matter what they were called. Does it matter?
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This is a partial book list for SAT Aug. 4, 2018 science fiction meeting., We will discuss Mars as habitable in light of the underground lake recently sighted by ESA Mars probe satellite.
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This book list will be discussed at the Hard-Science SF Wrirers' Group on Sat. August 4, 2018. We are dealing with the definite announcement of an underground lake on Mars. Topis; how will this change (or not) current thinking on travel and living on Mars?
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Recycled Art: This is the latest in my series of painting on recycled board for smoked salmon. Title: "Distelfinken under Blumen" My interpretation of Pennsylvania Dutch folk painting on recycled salmon board. Scherenschnitt "Cut paper" art is done all over the world but most similar to this is the kind in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and...
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This is the 3rd year's topical index file of the 26 years of Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" newspaper columns. There is no such index at the ER web site, although popular themes are pulled out and indexed by topic. They may do something this extensive but this will help, meanwhile.
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Folkert de Jong's Totemism & Colonialism @ Tucson Museum of Mod. Art This is a rhetorical analysis of the contemporary Dutch artist Folkert de Jong's installation at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art. The role art plays in history is often undervalued, along with the role of technology and science, for good or bad. -Fred Kellogg (Univ of Arizo...
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This is the final version of Chopin befriended by Fantail Carp. This surreal painting may be viewed as allegory and symbolic or may just be what it looks like.
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Painting of the composer Chopin who is befriended by Fantail Carp. The carp is a bottom feeder but fantails are carp with a pedigree who live in glass houses. Chopin didn't "get" the carps' social habits and the carp didn't "get" his revolutionary music, though they swirled and paddled around to his waltzes. Maybe a poem about Chopin and the carp...
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A chance brief verbal exchange about Big Bang Theory led to an unusual consideration of how "induced forgetting" may work from mass entertainment and social media prompts.
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This is another story about the strange lives of NW Indiana, the Calumet Region. Could it be the toxic industrial waste in the water there that produces so many brilliant people or the fairy dust of the steel mills pouring down like the snow at the end of James Joyce's "The Dead" that falls equally on the good, the bad, and the utterly unique? This...
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An imaginary chat between Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost. They differed in opinion of Sandburg's poem "The People, Yes." They differed on other things but remained in dialogue.
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The Stars our Destination is a story of overcoming anxieties and biases from World War II in the "Boomer" 1960s, as well as other growing up issues in a steel mill town. Over time, the three main characters gradually converge. Two women have nightmares involving the past and the old Prof. Daniel Blei lives off and on in a flood of troubling recolle...
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How Internet memes affect the mind, as well as well as how data mining entities are using this data. This data also touches upon meme addiction.
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I am taking paintings to librarians, professors, and friends in Northwest Indiana. These are to give something back for the chance to talk about the _Children of Steel_ book project. Short fiction -in-progress collection from people who grew up in steel mill towns.
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I am taking paintings to librarians, professors, and friends in Northwest Indiana. These are to give something back for the chance to talk about the _Children of Steel_ book project. Short fiction -in-progress collection from people who grew up in steel mill towns.
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Paintings on foil boards from smoked salmon -- gifts for librarians and professors who host classroom visits and public coffees for the Children of Steel project. Tour of colleges and libraries in NW Indiana.
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Many times classical music is named after something astronomical but could be anything. "Spiral Galaxy" by David Ludwig sounds like space and galaxies. The Morgenstern Trio players showed great emotion and involvement. This is another instance of science meeting art or "worlds in collision."
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This article in the international planetarium directors' journal shows how a play can both educate and amaze with a synthesis of constellation and other effects that move the plot about modern composer Charles Ives. Ives was a composer well ahead of his time who did not believe that "closed systems" with known desired answers matched the real unive...
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Abstract:-- Horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937): Millions of young and old rebels take Lovecraft as their popular culture leader in a burst of his posthumous fame. Unknown to these, presumably, is the fact that Lovecraft wrote using rhetoric that shows him as a conformist descendant of the Puritan Calvinists. Using concepts from Ernest Bo...
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My Title was: "Ethos, Ethos, Ethos!" the news editor changed it. The work of a scholar in rhetoric is to connect rhetoric to everyday life. This short essay attempts to show how today's society still may be analyzed according to Aristotelian rhetorical principles. How emperors have been chosen is usually a match between the perceived favored one of...
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Sometimes we feel sudden shifts in time and space, both inside and outside. Is this cause for fear or curiosity? I like the old line from the comic film Harvey about the giant Rabbit 'pooka'. Not only can imagination (like Harvey) help us travel in time and space, stay anywhere as long as we wish with no 'real' time passing, but imagination removes...
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Blue World: an homage to science fiction paperback cover sof the 1950s and 1960s era when some abstraction was beginning in this art form. Painted circa 1970. Richard powers was one of the painters who brought in fine art, also Ed Emsh.

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How do you research and bring work together?
You may use the technique of consilience without knowing it.
Read this definition and then let me know how you use consilience in your work.
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In science and history, consilience (also convergence of evidence or concordance of evidence) is the principle that evidence from independent, unrelated sources can "converge" on strong conclusions. That is, when multiple sources of evidence are in agreement, the conclusion can be very strong even when none of the individual sources of evidence is significantly so on its own. Most established scientific knowledge is supported by a convergence of evidence: if not, the evidence is comparatively weak, and there will not likely be a strong scientific consensus.
The principle is based on the unity of knowledge; measuring the same result by several different methods should lead to the same answer. For example, it should not matter whether one measures distances within the Giza pyramid complex by laser rangefinding, by satellite imaging, or with a meter stick – in all three cases, the answer should be approximately the same. For the same reason, different dating methods in geochronology should concur, a result in chemistry should not contradict a result in geology, etc.
The word consilience was originally coined as the phrase "consilience of inductions" by William Whewell (consilience refers to a "jumping together" of knowledge).[1][2] The word comes from Latin com- "together" and -siliens "jumping" (as in resilience).[3]
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Dear Colleagues,
I would like to start a group to consider changing the dismissive treatment of rhetoric in colloquial situations to reflect that people become experts in crowd persuasion. If there were a column in--say--the NYT on just how rhetoric is used by "influencers," then people can see it coming and have sales resistance.
Any thoughts on how to interest the media in the validity and desirability of such a project?
I look forwards to your comments.

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