From Publishers Weekly
How does national memory determine national heroes? Waugh, a UCLA
history professor, probes the subject in an engaging study of the
making of Ulysses S. Grant's reputation. At the time of his death in
1885, he was perceived as on a level with George Washington by former
Unionists and Confederates alike. His memoirs were a bestseller. His
image combined the honorable soldier and the generous victor: a heroic
war leader who believed in the ideal of national reconciliation in both
regional and racial contexts. Even Grant's flaws were part of his
greatness, linking him to his countrymen in a distinctively American
fashion. That image began to change as lost cause romanticism nurtured
reinterpreting the Civil War as not merely tragic but arguably
unnecessary. The eclipse of this approach has restored Grant's
reputation as a general. Now his presidency is the target of criticism:
corrupt, ineffective and above all incomplete in terms of the racial
issue. Waugh convincingly interprets Grant as symboliz[ing] both the
hopes and the lost dreams of the Civil War. But while that war remains
our defining—and dividing—event, Grant's image, Waugh says, will remain
From Publishers Weekly
Tune in Sunday 3/6/10 at 7:30 a.m. for Looking at Worcester. City Manager Micheal O’Brien talks with Audrey Hall about his proposal to the city council for saving 14 million dollars in Worcester’s budget in light of imminent state funding reductions; AND the proposed CSX rail infrastructure changes which will impact jobs, transportation, development and the local economy. That’s Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
This was the lead of the story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on January 6, 2009:
The Worcester Center for Crafts, one of the city’s oldest cultural institutions, has suspended daily operations and may have to close permanently if it cannot raise $1 million by the
end of the month.
And this was the headline of the story in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette more than 11 months later on November 25, 2009: Craft Center comeback: With help from WSC, staff and volunteers, Festival of Crafts returns for 40th year.
The main savior, according to this T&G story, was Worcester State College, which entered into an alliance with the 154-year-old Craft Center last June.
The agreement included $250,000 a year to rent studio space for college students at the center and a large loan to clear the center's crippling debt.
But the saving graces of a century and a half of community goodwill and a dedicated cadre of staff, students and volunteers can't be discounted. More than a hundred volunteers have stepped forward to help the Craft Center pull off the festival on the weekend of November 28 and 29.
My guest, Carol Donnelly, is interim director of the Worcester Center for Crafts.
Inquiry welcomes photographer BRUCE deGRAAF. Bruce has been passionate about the wildlife of New England for some time and has finally assembled some of his finest shots in a book titled AVIAN AWAKENING : DISCOVERING THE BIRDS OF NEW ENGLAND. This sumptuous volume traces Bruce’s exploration of the world of birds beginning in his backyard and ending up in such well-known avian hotspots as Plum Island and South Beach. His work captures not only the beauty of birds but documents their complex behaviors. This volume is self-published. To see some examples of Bruce’s work and preview the book, go to: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1114804
Guest:Philip Pomper, Wesleyan University History Professor and Author.
Date; Sunday February 28
The gripping untold story of a terrorist leader whose death would
catapult his brother—Lenin—to revolution.In 1886, Alexander Ulyanov, a
brilliant biology student, joined a small group of students at St.
Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia’s tsar. Known
as “Second First March” for the date of their action, this group failed
disastrously in their mission, and its leaders, Alexander included,
were executed. History has largely forgotten Alexander, but for the
most important consequence of his execution: his younger brother,
Vladimir, went on to lead the October Revolution of 1917 and head the
new Soviet government under his revolutionary pseudonym “Lenin.”
The Worcester County Food Bank is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is: To Engage, Educate and Lead Worcester County in Creating a Hunger-Free Community
During fiscal year 2009, the Worcester County Food Bank distributed 5.3 million pounds of donated food and grocery product to its network of 178 partner agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters. These agencies provided food to more than 93,000 different people living in Central Massachusetts.
Between 2008 and 2009, the number of people receiving emergency food assistance increased by 13%.
Dogtown is a New England “ghost town” nestled in the center of the island of Cape Ann. It is a dramatic example of a terminal moraine, the former abode of several people thought of as witches, a place where American modernist Marsden Hartley painted some of his finest works, and the scene of a recent horrific violent murder. “There is something different about Dogtown” as one Gloucester resident put it. It is a place both beloved for it’s lonely natural beauty and feared for its eerie sense of gloom and foreboding. Writer ELYSSA EAST started out to write about Harley’s experiences in Dogtown and soon got swept up in the weird and wild history of this very unusual spot. Her book DOGTOWN: DEATH AND ENCHANTMENT IN A NEW ENGLAND GHOST TOWN is a complex book. It is by turns a chilling murder mystery, a wildly arcane New England history, an investigation on how a strange geographic location can inspire artists, and a sensitive portrait of one of New England’s great coastal communities. If you are interested in New England history, don’t miss this show.
Inquiry welcomes back DINA DEITSCH, Assistant Curator of the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSUEM in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dina is here to talk about the 2010 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL, the museum’s new showcase of some of the most interesting and challenging contemporary artists of New England. Ms. Deitsch talks about the selection process, why the Decordova is now doing a biennial, and how organizing such a project is a “doomed endeavor. To see a list of events and lectures about this dynamic show, and examples of the work of the artists go to: http://decordova.org/art/exhibitions/current/biennial2010.html . Also in the studio are two of the artists featured in this year’s Biennial. GEORGIE FRIEDMAN creates video installations and multi-channel works that explore how we view the powerful forces of nature. To see examples of her work, go to: http://www.georgiefriedman.com/georgie_friedman.html .AUGUST VENTIMIGLIA is a conceptual artist that creates site-specific performance based explorations of movement and language. To se examples of his work, go to: http://www.augustventimiglia.com .
Randy and Lisa Lynch came to wine through their travels in Italy, where the fruit of the vine is typically a complement to a meal-not the centerpiece. When their growing passion for fine food and wine led them to plant acreage in Napa Valley, Randy and Lisa decided to create a red wine that would easily find a place at the dinner table. Maximus, named after the wine-loving, 2nd century Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus, became their initial bottling. That was the beginning of Bennett Lane Winery. Randy is also a huge jazz fan.
For more information you can go to: www.bennettlane.com
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, novelist and philosopher REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN about her latest novel 36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: A WORK OF FICTION. This complex, wildly satirical and very moving fiction is also a brilliant review of the philosophical and phenomenological proofs for and against the existence of a deity. Ultimately this is a novel about why it is that “to be human is to be unable to find a way of reconciling the necessary and the impossible.” Tune in tonight for a thought provoking and witty conversation with one of the most unique writers of fiction.
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