| Feb 12, 2014
The merits of the nine nominees for the Academy Award for best picture are being debated by cineastes around the world. But as a college professor, this year's Oscar nominees also reaffirm the growing importance of the movies in the classroom and how film...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:09 AM
I recently visited the new, but still unfinished, 9/11 Memorial in New York City to remember Noel Foster, my former student and Moravian College graduate who was killed at ground zero.
The site itself is dominated by twin reflecting pools, each almost...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Ron Spencer, an artist who twice restored the painted designs on a Linthicum church's ceiling and walls, died Wednesday of bone cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 67.
Mr. Spencer, who lived in Baltimore, graduated from Baltimore City...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:46 PM
In 1954, Newport News Shipbuilding and the Navy ushered in the age of the super carrier. This week, the ship that began a new chapter in military history embarked on a slow march to a humble end.
The decommissioned aircraft carrier Forrestal left...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 12:47 PM
When the World Economic Forum in Davos recently released its annual report on threats to global prosperity and stability, it ranked "severe income inequality" as the most serious problem for the third year in a row. Before Occupy Wall Street, income...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Folk singer Pete Seeger, who established the music as an expression of community, conscience and social justice during a career that spanned eight decades, died Monday night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. He was 94....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:53 PM
Pete Seeger was a teenager in the 1930s when he heard an Appalachian balladeer perform on an old-fashioned, five-string banjo and fell in love with the instrument, the timeless melodies and, most of all, the words.
"Compared to the trivialities of...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 3:19 PM
If you haven’t seen the film “Lone Survivor,” you should. It’s a story about the best of us and it details the best in us. I read the book and the story has inhabited me since. Some stories touch you and never quite leave you....
| Feb 7, 2014
With a wife and a 10-year-old daughter, Matthew Amster-Burton appears to be one of the likelier people to buy a house, but the Seattle food writer says he has no interest in doing so.
"It does feel weird sometimes, because it's supposed to be the grown-...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Right at the start of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play," now at the Odyssey Theatre, a religious crisis of the kind Freud would have appreciated erupts.
The actress playing Mary in the town's religious pageant secretly has the hots for the young hunk...