Posts Tagged with “politics”

’80s history goes beyond Reagan’s America stereotype

May 22nd, 2011

The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan, by Associate Professor of History Brad Martin, is a "valuable new book" about the era, according to this review in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.  "The final two chapters, covering feminism and AIDS activism, are the best in the book," the reviewer notes.

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C-SPAN’s Book TV features Bryant professor’s book

April 30th, 2011

C-SPAN's Book TV featured Associate Professor of History Bradford Martin's book talk about The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan.

His  talk was recorded at Books on the Square in Providence, R.I.

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The Democrats’ secret budget weapon: Jesus

April 24th, 2011

"There are signs that the 2010s could be a fertile ground for using Christian ideals to pursue goals of social justice," Brad Martin, associate professor of history, writes in this commentary for Salon.com. "The emergence of What Would Jesus Cut? represents the most viable, coherent and exciting vision for fastening a Christian moral vision to our national politics at the other end of political spectrum."

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Why more Americans are being informed and entertained by satire than ever before

February 16th, 2011

There is no need to fear "the increasing centrality of satire and irony, whether in the mushrooming world of parodic news or in the specter of pranksters offering fake press releases on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce," Assistant Professor Amber Day writes in her commentary for the Huffington Post.

Rather than signaling a cynical distrust of politics and a lack of real engagement, Day says, the rise of this earnest form of irony and satire signals that "professional entertainers, political activists, and average citizens are responding to the political discourse around them" in order to "make forceful political claims and to advocate action in the search for solutions to real problems."

Day is the author of the new book  Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate.

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Professor’s new book explores growing impact of political satire in America

February 14th, 2011

Satire

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — There is currently a renaissance taking place in the realm of satire, with satirists elevated to the level of legitimate pundits, and political activists behaving as comedians.   But why has the power of satire entered the mainstream as a dominant means of political critique and engagement?

Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, has studied how political satire has come to launch the nightly news analysis of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and their contemporaries into the mainstream. Her spirited analysis is the basis of her new book, Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate, released Feb. 15 by Indiana University Press. In it, Day explores how and why satire in today's political theater has gained such prominence with Stewart ranking as one of the most trusted newscasters in the United States and where the films of Michael Moore are a dominant topic of political campaign discourse.

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Bryant launches Institute for Public Leadership

December 16th, 2010

GoLocalProv.com calls Bryant's new Institute for Public Leadership "a resource for incoming elected officials and those serving their administrations who are about to embark on a new term."

The Providence Business News also ran an article about the institute in its online edition.

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Bryant U. launches Institute for Public Leadership; mayors-elect of two R.I. cities will participate in inaugural session

December 16th, 2010

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Bryant University today announced the creation of its Institute for Public Leadership. Attending the inaugural session Dec. 18 and 19 will be Angel Tavares, mayor-elect of Providence; Don Grebien, mayor-elect of Pawtucket;  and members of their transition teams.

"The Bryant Institute for Public Leadership is aimed at providing public officials with the tools and skills needed to help make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations in order to govern effectively," said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. "Professors and content have been carefully chosen based upon analysis of similar programs around the country and subject matter that is most important for any governing team."

Six faculty members, five of them from Bryant, will lead the participants in seminars that include such topics as leadership, conflict resolution, team-based decision making, the use of power and influence, and economics. They are:

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Amber Day part of New York Times online debate: When does a fake political rally turn real?

October 29th, 2010

Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, was invited by the New York Times to be a part of its online debate exploring the topic "When Does a Fake Political Rally Turn Real?" Her contribution to the seven-person debate is headlined "Satirists Telling the Truth."

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Jon Stewart and rally may shun politics, but attendees are embracing it

October 29th, 2010

Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, tells the New York Times that the political basis for satirist Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C., is inescapable. "I think Jon is being cagey," said Day whose book, "Satire and Dissent," will be published in February. "What he wants to say is, it's not partisan. He wants to preserve his persona of just being the guy at the back of the class throwing spitballs."

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Political Satire

October 28th, 2010

amberday.jpgAmber Day
Assistant Professor, English and Cultural Studies

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