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Richard Wagner: Separating Art from Its Artist (Part II)

Ultimately, can we separate Richard Wagner’s art from the man? For some people, the answer will be “yes.” Others will say “no.”

Richard Wagner: Separating Art from Its Artist (Part I)

It is possible to separate great art from the person who created it. German opera composer Richard Wagner is a noteworthy case study.

Podcast: An American Indian Perspective on History Today

In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU professor Nicole Nesberg about her indigenous upbringing as an American Indian woman.

Podcast: The Sociology of Death and Dying

In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks with Dr. Kasia Polanska about her experience working with dying patients as a hospice volunteer.

Environmental Lessons Learned from the Dust Bowl Tragedy

The economic and environmental fallout from the Dust Bowl set the stage for the agricultural conditions that we have today.

Innovation in Education: Collaborating Across Disciplines

In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks with Dr. Grace Glass about how her department is collaborating with other faculty to create new, innovative courses.

Who Will Compose the Next Great Classical Requiem?

To write great art inspired by war, you do not have to have directly experienced that conflict. Who is going to write the next great requiem?

How You Can Help the Environment from Your Home

One of the challenges of helping the environment is to know what we as individuals can do to truly help the environment from home.