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From #Hashtag to #Selfie: What the #Oscars learned in 3 short years

At the 2011 Oscars, co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco employed Twitter to “appeal to a younger demographic.” Many viewers sighed and rolled their eyes. The resulting tweets were generally negative, mocking the hosts and the winners. Broadcast producers, perhaps miffed by the negativity of viewer tweets, stopped advertising the #Oscars hashtag midway through the…

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Cellar 912: Pop-Up Dining

Pop-up restaurants intrigue me. The concept is simple – a chef or catering unit wants to try out some new dishes, a new approach to service, or spread their brand with new clients. So, they host a one-night only (or multi-night) event in which they create a restaurant from scratch. The infamous Top Chef Restaurant Wars…

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Museums Extend the Conversation

The following column was featured in The Greenville News on Monday, January 27, 2014. See it on GreenvilleOnline here. In a world where digital technology stores all of our information, the role of the museum as an archive of curation and reflection seems more important than ever. Fifty years after the tumultuous 1960s, the Upcountry…

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“Well, this class makes me think”

On the third week of class this semester, I walked in to hear my students talking about a class that one of them slept through. Of course, I inquired: “Which class are you sleeping through this term?” The answer: chemistry. I responded: “I haven’t seen you sleep through any of my classes. Should I be…

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Royals Radio, Season One

This semester, students at Queens University of Charlotte embarked on an exploratory learning experience in episodic, podcast-based radio. The resulting “Royals Radio” is a product of Queens University of Charlotte, and Dr. John A. McArthur and was produced by students and faculty in an interdisciplinary studies class at the university. Each episode has a different producer and topic,…