Arts & Letters

  • Hosted by Brad Minnick

Arts & Letters is a special program hosted by associate professor Brad Minnick of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It highlights the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 

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Pop Up In The Rock

Jan 27, 2016
Mary Ellen Kubit

Each year, "Pop Up in the Rock” focuses on a neglected block in Little Rock and illustrates what is possible when community volunteers reclaim the block.

Sundays With TJ

Nov 20, 2015

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Janice F. Kearney about her memoir Sundays With TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road--a journey with her 107 year old father, born in 1906, just 40 years after slavery in the town of Lake Village, Arkansas.  

“I chose this role some 50 years ago on Varner Road. Thomas "TJ" Kearney was the storyteller and I, the rememberer of his words, even his unspoken meanings,” writes Kearney.

A Few Seconds Of Radiant Filmstrip

Oct 1, 2015

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Little Rock novelist, short story writer, prodigious list maker, and former 7th grader Kevin Brockmeier. He is the author of several national bestselling books of fiction including, A Brief History of the Dead, The View from the Seventh Layer, and The Illumination

His latest effort recounts a character named Kevin Brockmeier and his present tense misadventures throughout his 7th grade year growing up in Little Rock. 

Return of the Gar

Jul 30, 2015
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Chris Hickey

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with writer, fisherman, ecologist and University of Central Arkansas professor Mark Spitzer.  His new book, Return of the Gar, published by the University of North Texas Press (as part of its Southwestern Writing Series) is a sequel of-sorts to his first book Season of The Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America's Misunderstood Fish, published by the University of Arkansas Press—the first accessible book-length study of the gar in the English language.

The Art of Positive Communication

May 14, 2015

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Julien Mirivel, Speech Communication professor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and co-director of the Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence. His new book, The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice, published by Peter Lang in 2014, is informed by "research on Interpersonal Communication and Language and Social Interaction.”

 

Greg Brownderville, Arkansas Poet

Apr 1, 2015
Chris Hickey

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we sit down with poet and folklorist Greg Brownderville, who hails from Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. He is the author of Deep Down in the Delta: Folktales and Poems (Butler Center Books, 2011) and Gust (Northwestern University/TriQuarterly, 2011).

A deep felt sense of place persists throughout much of his work, which incorporates the images, stories, songs and landscape of the Arkansas Delta where he grew up. Brownderville is currently assistant professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Valentine's Day With The Damsels In Distress

Feb 14, 2015
paperopera.com

On this special Valentine's Day segment of Arts & Letters, we speak with husband and wife duo, Lauren and Micah Sukany. Their band, The Damsels in Distress, provides much of the music for Arts & Letters shows. Their music is fun, post-modern and quirky-cool. You can follow them at their website, paperopera.com. You can also hear more of their music here.

 

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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with writer and emeritus professor of Speech Communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Allan Ward. His book, Civil Rights Brothers, The Journey of Albert Porter and Allan Ward, published by Award Press in Little Rock, chronicles his friendship and work with civil rights activist Albert Porter.

Ward and Porter "started out in two different places, far apart, unknown to each other. But the lines moved closer to each other. . . until they came together, and then side by side, next to each other."

Daniel Black, Arkansas Author

Dec 16, 2014
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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with novelist Daniel Omotosho Black from Blackwell, Arkansas. Much of Black’s fiction contains a deep-felt sense of Arkansas, focusing on home, history and identity.

His bestselling novels, They Tell Me of a Home, The Sacred Place, Perfect Peace, Twelve Gates to the City, and the soon to be released The Coming have all been published by St. Martin’s Press.

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

Oct 8, 2014
University of Memphis Special Collections

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we take a guided tour through the Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon Exhibit, which opens October 10th and runs through January 24th, at the Arkansas Studies Institute in downtown Little Rock.

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