The Buddha Project →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor The online photography magazine Lens Culture has compiled a fabulous group of images (over 300 now) of the Buddha in the far reaches of Asia to the grounds of the Golden Bears in Berkeley. A fair number of photography, design, architectural magazines and blogs — the ones I read — usually focus on the aesthetic, the theory, the economics, and so on of an object....
‘If any of these said persons come in love unto us, we cannot in...– from the Flushing Remonstrance, signed on Dec. 27, 1657, and cited in Kenneth T. Jackson’s Op-Ed article “A Colony with a Conscience” in The New York Times Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
A Jewish Santa Claus
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor This wonderful anecdote about the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel brings deeper meaning to the holiday season and cultural relations: “In 1965, after walking in the Selma-to-Montgomery civil-rights march with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was at the Montgomery, Ala., airport, trying to find something to eat. A surly woman...
Five Things the Romans Did at Christmas →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Mary Beard’s blog at the Times Online is a lot of fun. And she quickly spots in on quirky similiarities between Saturnalia and the Christmas holiday.
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor One of the most difficult aspects of working at Minnesota Public Radio is that I often don’t get a chance to listen to public radio on the weekdays, especially during working hours. Thanks to a new baby boy, I was actually able to listen to a documentary on Alzheimer’s disease by a colleague and former producer at SOF, Brian Newhouse. It’s a...
Bikram Yoga →
Kate Moos, Managing Producer This is where I practice yoga — a new enthusiasm and fabulous practice for spiritual and physical health. When not working on SoF, I am often here, doing 26 asanas and sweating profusely in 110 degree heat. As I have persisted in this fairly strenuous practice, I feel not only my body changing and growing more flexible, but my heart and mind as well. A Bikram...
Releasing unedited interviews first?
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Yesterday, Krista had an interesting discussion with Greg Epstein, a humanist chaplain at Harvard. With the holiday season coming up and our schedule of programs cemented through the end of December, we won’t be able to evaluate and produce the program until 2008. The question came up: Should we release the unedited interview to our online audience before we...
Day 3 at the AAR/SBL conference
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer It’s all a blur. I swear, if I hear the words “paradigm shift,” “hermeneutics,” or “exegetical” one more time… Let’s see, what did I see today? A look at the function of hadith (sayings of Muhammad) in Islam, an eight-dollar chicken burger, a deliberation over which non-canonical sources were most pertinent to...
Day 2 at the AAR/SBL conference
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer I spent my first full day—and second day overall—here at the American Academy of Religion’s 2007 conference here in misty, hazy San Diego. I’m not sure exactly what I wanted this morning as I headed down to the conference center. Actually, no, that’s not true. I always want to be blown away. I rarely am. The morning started with a...
At the AAR/SPL conference of 2007
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer After a long day of air travel, I’ve arrived in San Diego for the 2007 edition of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference. I managed to make it down to the expansive San Diego conference center by about 4 pm, in time for what turned out to be a rather abstruse deliberation by a group of scholars about the...