Feeling like a feminist failure

I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that have left me feeling like an utter failure at being a feminist. Once again, I am thinking about what being a ‘feminist’ means and how to be feminist in my everyday life. In general, I am hesitant to express my opinions, shy, and introverted. It seems that…

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Research Process, Part II – Sources

Click here for Part I: Choosing a research topic Sometimes I have a very clear idea of my project before I start looking for articles, books, and other materials to support my argument. More often, though, I have a general idea of my topic and then do a catalog search in an academic/university library. Tip: many…

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Research Process, Part I – Choosing a Topic

I mentioned in my January update post that I’m starting work on a project for publication. I thought it might be helpful to me, and hopefully some of my readers, to write about my research and writing processes as I go through them. My intention with this series of posts is to: Think through my…

Looking back, looking ahead (January update)

As January already draws to a close – no, I don’t know where it went – I’ve been thinking about the first year of this blog, 2014, and what 2015 holds for me. In retrospect it seems that 2014 was the year of writing book reviews. I had two reviews published (here and here), and…

Would you like a moat with your gate?

I follow several blogs devoted to the study of religion, as well as blogs oriented around the study of gender, feminism, and/or sexuality studies, anthropology, and higher education. It’s a long list and I don’t always read every post as closely as perhaps I should. The posts from the Religion Bulletin usually capture my attention…

Colorado Gives Day 2014

I’m pleased (and fortunate) to be contributing to today’s Colorado Gives Day! Unfortunately, like so many of us, I tend to think about giving to charities only around the holidays. One of my goals is to be more conscious year-round, but for right now the Colorado Gives Day is a perfectly timed reminder to donate to groups in need…

Monday Music: “En Priere” by G. Faure

This is the last Monday Music feature for this year! They’ll be back in January. For those of you in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving, and happy holiday season to everyone! As an undergrad music major, I chose to do a recital in the spring of my senior year. The standard recital called for a variety…

Monday music: “Lift Thine Eyes” by F. Mendelssohn

Today’s music feature ventures into the world of the oratorio, with the gorgeous trio “Lift Thine Eyes” from Felix Mendelssohn‘s Elijah. Felix Mendelssohn was born in February of 1809 in Hamburg. To give you some musical-historical context, Felix was born less than twenty years after the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The fifth symphony of…

Review of J. Cheah “Race and Religion in American Buddhism”

Thanks to Nova Religio for both providing me the opportunity to read this book, and then publishing the review! If you have an institutional subscription to Nova Religio, please consider downloading it there. However if you’re in a similar situation as I am currently – no institutional access – you may download the PDF below.  [gview file=”https://claire.skriletz.net/files/2014/10/Cheah_RaceAndReligioninAmericanBuddhism_published.pdf”]

Monday Music: Miserere by H. Gorecki

In preparing for this post, I was reminded that my introduction to Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010) – along with thousands of others in Western Europe and the English-speaking world – was his gorgeous Symphony No. 3, the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.” A recording of the symphony by the London Sinfonietta and Dawn Upshaw sold a record…

Monday Music: Miserere by Gregorio Allegri

In my last two Monday Music features, I’ve talked about composers and pieces that are reasonably well known. Today’s feature, a setting of the Miserere mei Deus text, comes from a composer that is not as well known: Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652). In preparing for this post, I searched through all of the music history books…

Review of A. Jaggar (ed.) “Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary feminist reader”

Jaggar, Alison M.(ed) Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008. pp 516. ISBN: 978-1-59451-204-9.   In Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader, editor Alison Jaggar offers an excellent introduction to the field of feminist studies, a field which is diverse, and perpetually expanding. Jaggar explicitly states in the Introduction that there isn’t…

Monday Music: Exultate, jubilate by W.A. Mozart

Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus – an impressive name to match the truly impressive talent of, as he’s more usually known, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Born in January 1756 to Leopold and Maria Anna Mozart, he was the youngest of seven children. Only he and his sister Maria Anna (“Nannerl” b. 1751) survived childhood. Prior to the…