8 Differences: Music and Art



The iconography of William Hart McNichols






Cincinnati artist Holly Shapker’s Adsum collection, inspired by the life and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola






Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video, dir. Sut Jhally




 Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, dir. Byron Hurt




“The Truman Show,” dir. Peter Weir. A poignant and provocative cautionary tale about the ubiquitous presence and formative role of media in our lives. Interview with Peter Weir.




“Soul Sister.” NPR reporter Sonari Glinton tells the story from his childhood of how a Catholic nun teaches an entire school on Chicago’s South Side that we are all truly made in God’s image.

Glinton interviews his mother Dorothy about becoming a manager at Ford Motor Plant in Chicago.




“Tell the Truth”Poet Maxine Hong Kingston, in this interview with Bill Moyers, describes her work with military veterans and their families to help bring healing and hope through storytelling, poetry and community. A stunning window into the sacramental power of language to unite and build-up persons, rather than divide. To act so as to make something different–and something beautiful–happen through words.

Additional Resources for Chapter 8:

Blog post by Katie Grimes at “Women in Theology” on the resonances (and crucial distinctions) between contemporary language about the struggle for LGBT rights and comparison to black history and the civil rights movement. Includes a powerful speech from the floor of the House by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, speaking against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when it was overwhelmingly passed in 1996. The legislation was struck down in July 2013 by the Supreme Court.


NPR’s Code Switch: reactions to the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, with special attention to how black parents negotiate “The Talk” with their children. My blog posts on the verdict can be found here, and here.

Additional reactions in the wake of the verdict here: Stevie Wonder / Alice Walker / Kathleen Parker (Washington Post) / Jim Wallis.

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