Faculty Book Signing and PBS Appearance This Week

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Publication Date: 8/24/2009

Rhodes religious studies professor Gail Streete will sign her new book Redeemed Bodies: Women Martyrs in Early Christianity (Westminster John Knox Press) at Davis-Kidd today (August 24) at 6 p.m.

Why do religious people choose paths that lead to their deaths as martyrs? Why do some who are killed for their faith become known and revered while others do not? Streete asks these questions in the context of early Christianity, looking at the stories of martyred women such as Thecla, Perpetua and Felicitas. She also relates their stories to tragic instances of martyrdom in modern  times.

Rhodes history professor Jeffrey Jackson will appear in a new documentary titled “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” airing nationally August 26 at 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central on most PBS stations (7:00 PM on WKNO-TV Memphis).  Check local listings.

“Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the jazz age in Paris between the first and second World Wars, exploring an often-neglected era in African-American cultural history. The documentary uses research from Jackson’s book Making Jazz French and features footage of key figures such as James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Eugene Bullard and Django Reinhardt.

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