Arts & Letters

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. 

Arts & Letters
3:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Daniel Black, Arkansas Author

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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.

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Arts & Letters
12:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

Cash onstage at Cummins prison, April 10, 1969
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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Arts & Letters
12:57 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

In Search Of Lost Fathers

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we’ll be looking for lost fathers and their impact by way of memoir—a word originated from memorie, which means to be kept in mind.

Our first memoir will take us from Virginia Beach to New Orleans, where a son pieces together the reasons his alcoholic father left his family and this son reconstructs his father's life in order to give the “true” story to his own sons.

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Arts & Letters
11:37 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Searching For Latini

Credit Parlor Press

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we search for the 13th century teacher, translator, rhetorician and poet, Brunetto Latini. He was the teacher of Dante and the first translator of Aristotle and Cicero into a vernacular language.

His translations set the stage for the rhetorical turns in The Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. His student, Dante, in Canto XV of the Divine Comedy, damned him to Hell.

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Arts & Letters
11:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Ethics Bowl

From left: Marla Cole, Angela Johnson and Dr. Allison Merrick hold a trophy after competing at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Credit ualr.edu

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk about ethics, thought to be derived from ethos—the Greek word for character or custom.

We also play the Ethics Bowl, a competition with  philosophy students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's  Ethics’ Bowl team.

And, we discuss some ethical cases whose content may range from the social to the political.

Last year, the UALR Ethics Bowl team placed 16th in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition and earned 4th place at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

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