CMCI’s Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Dr Richard Howells has had book reviews published in two consecutive editions of the Times Higher Education supplement this month –even though the books were published over 100 years apart. The first was of HG Wells’ edited volume Socialism and the Great State of 1912; the second… Continue reading A Century Apart
"Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour" is a highly recommended current exhibition next door to King's at Somerset House. It takes some rarely exhibited black and white prints from the celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and compares these with work in colour by more recent documentary photographers. The question of whether such images work best in… Continue reading Recommended: Henri Cartier-Bresson at Somerset House
The Frieze Art Fair is an annual “must see” event in the contemporary art calendar. CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was invited to the professional preview: This year’s Frieze ranges –as ever- from the mediocre to the magnificent (and much else besides). There is –as usual- too much to take in, but a few impressions stand… Continue reading Frieze: We’ve Got You Covered
There is glowing praise for a CMCI-based publication in the latest edition of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. It takes the form of a review of Using Visual Evidence, devised and edited by CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells, together with Professor Robert Matson of the University of Pittsburgh. Quotations for the marquee include:… Continue reading “Groundbreaking Work”
There’s a glowing review of the CMCI-related volume The Public Value of the Humanities in The Times Higher Education Supplement. This is a book of essays from “leading humanities scholars” including CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells, and edited by Jonathon Bate. According to reviewer Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University and a former president of… Continue reading “Top-Notch”
Now that the cast have trodden a rather rain-sodden red carpet in Leicester Square, CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells is able to reveal his thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part One) which premiered on November 11. Howells has so far been keeping deliberately quiet as he actually saw the film at a cast… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Howells (Part One)
Several reviews have come in recently for CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press). In their 28 October issue, the New York Review of Books devoted 4,000 words to the book, including: "Of many artists it can be said that deep cultural currents can be read through… Continue reading New Reviews for “Duke Ellington’s America”
CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen will be appearing at several public events in the next month. On Wednesday 10 November, he will be offering a multi-media presentation entitled "Duke Ellington in his Own Words" at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The event is hosted by jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell, director of… Continue reading Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Autumn Events in Los Angeles and London
Duke Ellington's America, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book, now in its 2nd printing from the University of Chicago Press, will be the focus of two major free events in the next two months. First, on 27 October 2010 at 7:00PM, Cohen will be featured with the Guildhall Jazz Band and their leader/conductor… Continue reading “Duke Ellington’s America” Heads to the London Jazz Festival and Guildhall School
Tomorrow, Friday 3 September at 2:00PM, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen will be discussing his new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press) live on Carole Chant's Sound Out programme on Resonance FM Radio 104.4 here in London, and on their website. The programme will not be archived, so if you want to… Continue reading ‘Ellington’s America’ Resonates in London
CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press), currently in its second printing, has been receiving attention lately on the airwaves in the United States, from coast to coast. This Friday, 20 August 2010, at 6PM London time, Cohen will be interviewed about his book on "Metro Connection,"… Continue reading “Duke Ellington’s America” Airs Across America
CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press) has been appearing on the airwaves lately and on one literary website. For more info, read on... Cohen has a one-hour guest slot discussing his book on the latest edition of the Radio Open Source programme. Some Ellington music will… Continue reading Radio Days and the Page 99 Test for “Ellington’s America”
More reviews are filtering in for CMCI Lecturer Harvey G. Cohen's new book Duke Ellington's America (University of Chicago Press). Jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell, who also serves as the Director for Jazz Studies at UCLA, will assign the book in his classes during the forthcoming school year. He had this to say: "Harvey G.… Continue reading Burrell, TLS and NY Times weigh in on “Ellington’s America”
Richard Howells and Robert Matson’s Using Visual Evidence (Open University Press 2009) has received a sparkling review in the latest edition of the journal Film and History. Highlights include: "…two media historians—drawing upon years of detailed research—have compiled a definitive anthology. Clearly, Using Visual Evidence presents a unique interpretation of historical analysis where thirteen writers,… Continue reading “A Definitive Anthology”
Professor Rosalind Gill's latest book Secrecy and Silence received a glowing review in this week's Times Higher. A copy of this review can be read here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=412114
Duke Ellington's America, the new book by CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen, is the cover story in the current issue of the Times Literary Supplement. Unfortunately, it is not online, so you'll have to go out to your local newsstand if you'd like to sneak a look.
CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen's new book "Duke Ellington's America" (University of Chicago Press) has been named Book of the Week in the current issue of the Times Higher Education. For the full review, consult here.
According to CMCI's Prof Rosalind Gill we should look in an unlikely place to get a barometer of what the contemporary workplace is really like: the greetings card industry. 'Happiness is an empty inbox' declares one card Gill has noticed. 'Nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing things off lists', remarks another, and (Ros's particular favourite,… Continue reading Creatives, academics and workplace stress
Last Wednesday, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen was asked by Metro International newspapers in Sweden and Denmark to produce a report card for Obama, judging his performance so far in five categories, with one sentence for each category (not a lot of… Continue reading Tough marks for Obama from CMCI Lecturer
CMCI academics Dr Richard Howells and Dr Harvey Cohen enjoyed a preview screening of “In the Loop”, the Anglo-American political comedy-satire directed by Armando Iannucci and starring (among others) James Gandolfini. There’s a lot of (hugely enjoyable) high calibre swearing combined with razor-sharp personal insults, and there has been much speculation on how much basis… Continue reading In the Loop
Anyone with an interest in photographs of war should check out the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, showing at venues both in Brighton and around Sussex until November 16. Subtitled "The War of Images and Images of War", "Memories of Fire" contains provocative and often disturbing photographs of armed conflict, past and present. If you can't… Continue reading Memory of Fire
This is a hearty recommendation for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film “Das Leben der Anderen” (The Lives of Others), which is now showing in London. It’s the best film I have seen in a long time. Made in Germany last year, it won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film –but don’t let that… Continue reading The Lives of Others
Saw the new Julien Temple documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten yesterday afternoon. It's a bit long, it won't convert any new fans, but for the initiated, those who love Joe and/or the Clash, it is essential. Lot of great footage of and insight into the man throughout his life, not all of it… Continue reading Strummerville
Members of CCI are probably too sophisticated to admit this, but this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was as gripping as ever. More than that, the “political” fall out (allegations of block voting, for example) has been even more entertaining than the habitual kitsch. What is extraordinary is the way that people are taking this so… Continue reading Eurovision!
From Richard Howells Has anybody else been to see “Wicked”? I ventured forth last night… The original production was a smash on Broadway; this London version opened recently at the Apollo Victoria Theatre with the original Tony-winning star, Idina Menzel, in the leading role. “Wicked” is a musical “prequel” that tells the story of the… Continue reading Wicked
From Richard Howells People who have been to my Visual Culture lectures won’t be surprised that I’ve been to see “The Prestige” (dir. Christopher Nolan, USA/UK 2006). Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine, it’s about reality and illusion, set in the world of professional magicians in turn of the century London. I particularly… Continue reading The Prestige
A Nice Change - "Caroline, or change" at The National Theatre (Lyttelton) If you want to see a musical that is slightly different from the commercial razzmatazz of the standard West End blockbusters, take a trip over Waterloo bridge and head to the National and see "Caroline, or change". It is refreshingly different musical which… Continue reading Review/Recommendation for “Caroline, or Change” at the National T.
Greetings everyone: I’m still getting flashbacks of all the great films I saw last week at the 50th annual London Film Festival, one of the premiere cultural events here in town. Thought I’d briefly run down some highlights, especially since some of these films were recently restored by the British Film Institute and the UCLA… Continue reading Film Festivals…
(Posted by Kate Rosser) Fantastically written, easy to read and was a strong player for the Booker Prize, though sadly, it missed out. A subtly witty story about a man's mid-life crisis. Definitely give it a go, if you have some free time.