Culture en The Expansion of Video Games <p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">When many people hear the words “video game,” they think of a stereotypical geeky teenage boy. But that image does not represent the true industry. Women account for nearly half of the gaming population and more than a third of gamers are over the age of 36. Video games have expanded into an art form that produces complex narratives, cultural critiques and symphony soundtracks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:49:47 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36689 at The Expansion of Video Games Photographing Father Divine <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">Photographer Kristin Bedford spent five weeks living with the followers of Father Divine and learning about their religion. </span>She photographed their lives. Her exhibit, The Presence of Father Divine, has been postponed.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31867 at Photographing Father Divine Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. Woodward has studied American voting patterns, demographics and public opinion polls going back to the days of the first settlers, and says that his research shows America is really made up of 11 different nations.<p>"Yankeedom" in the Northeast and industrial Midwest was founded by Puritans and residents there have always been comfortable with a government that regulates and moderates. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:49:00 +0000 editor 25604 at Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11pt">In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech encouraging Americans to boost "<a href="">participation and confidence in the American economy.</a>" </span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:56:54 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 23028 at Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture What Young Readers Want <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:rgb(34,34,34);background:none repeat scroll 0% 0% white">John Claude Bemis is the first ever <a href="">Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature</a>. &nbsp;In the post-<i>Harry Potter</i> age, more critics consider children’s books valuable works of literature with a reach that extends beyond young audiences.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:13:25 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 22637 at What Young Readers Want What Makes Us Smile? <p>Sure, it's more or less a given that we smile when we're happy and we smile when our picture is taken. &nbsp;But do we also smile automatically throughout the day when we make eye contact with strangers? &nbsp;How often do we smile in conversation?&nbsp; Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:51:26 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 19876 at What Makes Us Smile? Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. <a href="">“Core Sounders”</a> is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio is joined by <a href="">Walt Wolfram</a>, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and <a href="">Neal Hutcheson</a>, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:47:30 +0000 Frank Stasio & Christina Blyde 11876 at Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles A Plan to Preserve Gullah Geechee Culture <p>The Gullah Gechee Historical Corridor Commission has released a plan to preserve the endangered culture of slave descendants who worked on rice plantations along the coast.<br> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:15:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2033 at