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Don Quijote awards

T-Secret and the Don Quijote Awards

December 12, 2017 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Saturday night I attended the 20th annual Don Quijote Awards gala hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera, an economic development nonprofit providing assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs. What was I doing there? The wonderful Orlando skin care company Tamahra’s Secret, aka T-Secret, was founded by... read more

Sexual Misconduct: Tragedy and Comedy

November 27, 2017 9:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The topic of sexual misconduct continues to dominate the national dialogue. The pervasiveness of the phenomenon is nothing less than a tragedy. In my blog last week, Your Body, Your Writing, I wrote: “Romances are comedies, however serious in tone or however harrowing the events the characters undergo may be. They... read more

Duke University presidential inauguration

President Price’s Inauguration

October 6, 2017 1:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

West Campus, Abele Quad, sets up for the inauguration. Image Credit: Duke Chronicle Yesterday – Thursday, October 5 – the new president of Duke University, Vincent Price, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Abele Quad in front of Duke Chapel. Vincent Price, Duke’s 10th President President Price came to Duke... read more

Duke university professor reflects on Confederate monuments

Monument(al) Mistakes

September 5, 2017 10:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University with statue of Benjamin N. Duke Upon my return to Duke last week for the start of classes, I was reminded how much I’ve always loved East Campus with its Georgian architecture. Maybe it’s because I lived there when I was a... read more

Theresa Caputo – On Psychics

April 25, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Theresa Caputo puts on a show. The phrase rattling around my head right now is: “Reader, I married him.” This is a famous quote from Jane Eyre, and the ‘him’ is, of course, Mr. Rochester. My version today is: “Reader, I went to see her.” Yes, the ‘her’ is Theresa... read more

The Rubenstein Library and Romance Novels

February 7, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Main entrance to Perkins-Bostock and the Rubenstein Library, West Campus, Duke University On February 10 I am hosting the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium at Duke University. It will be held in the East Campus parlors of the East Duke Building from 2:00 – 5:00.... read more

The Benjamin Franklin Effect

December 2, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Benjamin Franklin is well known for his many famous quotes. He is less well known for knowing how to turn enemies into friends. Call it the Benjamin Franklin effect. Franklin served in Pennsylvania’s colonial legislature (1736– 1764) both as delegate and as elected clerk of the general assembly. When he... read more