Trumpet by Jackie Kay

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Trumpet by Jackie Kay


How much of our gender shows in the way we act, dress, move, speak? How much comes from others’ perceptions? How many of our life choices are constrained by sexism and racism? As I read Jackie Kay’s novel Trumpet, these questions swirled in my head.

A Conversation with: Christopher Warren

Christopher Warren is an Associate Professor of English, co-Director of the English Department’s minor in Humanities Analytics (HumAn), and Director of the Bachelor of Arts in English Program. A member of the Dietrich faculty since 2010, he recently wrapped up the digital humanities project, “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon,” which re-creates the British early modern social network to trace the personal relationships among figures like Bacon, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and many others.

Entrepreneurial Research Resources for Private Companies

When conducting entrepreneurial research, one of the most important components is finding information on competitors, or competitive intelligence, as well as financing/funding information, usually in the form of private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) financing. Many times during this process it is discovered that information is needed on private companies. This is especially the case when entrepreneurs are interested in new, emerging, or niche markets. Private company information can be very difficult to obtain.

Legacy of the Dead: An Interview with Barbara Anderson

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Professor Barbara Anderson’s house has seen its share of history. Nestled on a beautiful, tree-lined street in Pittsburgh, passersby would never know that it played a role in some of the best-known films made in the city. Barbara Anderson and her husband Cletus Anderson taught at the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University for more than 40 years, and they formed a professional partnership with one of the city’s favorite filmmakers, George A. Romero.

Legacy of the Dead: Knightriders

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Mention the name of George Romero and “zombies” is the next word to pop into nearly anyone’s head.  It’s ironic then that the filmmaker frequently lamented that he was “stuck in this niche with horror” and that his two favorite films were Martin (a vampire story) and his pseudo-Arthurian drama Knightriders.  Released in 1981, Knightriders is the major outlier of Romero’s career.  It’s his longest film, it includes no horror elements, and it was one of his least successful efforts at the box-office.  At the same time, however, it features some o

Carnegie Mellon University Oral History Program

Anita Newell and Kate Barbera viewing archival materials

As Assistant Archivist for the university, I have the honor of conducting and recording oral histories with members of the CMU community. Carnegie Mellon is well-known for its creative and innovative talent, from the pioneering work of Herbert Simon and Allen Newell to the dramatic talent of student performers in Scotch ‘n’ Soda. We launched the Carnegie Mellon University Oral History Program early last year in hope of capturing first-hand the stories and experiences of students, faculty and alumni who lived historic moments—think StoryCorps with an academic edge. We record these conversations and preserve them in the University Archives for future generations, and all of the recordings are openly available for anyone to research and study.

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