A Love Letter to Jesus Freak: A Conversation with Will Stockton

In this conversation, Will Stockton, Clemson University Professor of English, discusses the kind of feedback his book on dc Talk’s Jesus Freak has received; the complexities of evangelical Christianity; why writing openly about his sexuality and loss of faith actually left him in a better mood than writing about Shakespeare; and how the music of dc Talk is more than just a guilty pleasure.

Learning to Hear the Chicken’s Voice Part 2: An Interview with Dynestee Fields

In this second part of the interview we cover the ramifications of Dynestee’s documentary, we’ll learn about how chickens are genetically modified, the odd place chickens occupy in the discussion of animal rights, how Hurricane Katrina gave chicken advocates unexpected information, how female and male chickens differ, what happens when you show a documentary about chickens to a chicken, and which on-screen talking heads in “The Voice of the Chicken” voice values that best match and clash with Dynestee’s own.

Learning to Hear the Chicken’s Voice Part 1: An Interview With Dynestee Fields

After successfully defended her honors project, Dynestee took the time to talk with me about her project and about its goal: to get people to see and hear the real chicken, not just the one who has been produced for our gustatory pleasure. “The view of chickens that humans have is either food or ‘they’re unintelligent,’” Dynestee told me. “The vocal repertoire is really a way to crack into their world. It’s really central to understanding their world and how they look on what’s going on around them.”

We Won (but we lost)!

If you feel that education plays an important role in our current cultural, political, and religious climate, Jacob’s book provides a primer for seeing what really intelligent Christians have written under extremely difficult Christian circumstances. If we feel that we must ask for Christianity and education to renew their vows to teach other, we can take comfort in knowing that the precedent for those vows have been and that God providentially directed their steps.