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Petersen: The College of Humanities Deserves Better

Petersen: The College of Humanities Deserves Better

By Josh Petersen

October 24, 2018

The University of Utah has a robust humanities program with talented faculty, a dedicated and intellectually curious student population and plenty of extracurricular opportunities. Students outside of humanities enrollment likely have no idea this is the case, however. Advertising brochures, New Student...

“Sweeney Todd” Brings Revenge and Horror to Pioneer Theatre Company

“Sweeney Todd” Brings Revenge and Horror to Pioneer Theatre Company

By Josh Petersen

October 22, 2018

  This Halloween, Salt Lake City audiences can enjoy a horror classic live on stage. Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” will come to Pioneer Theatre Company. Some audiences may assume that the term “horror musical” is an oxymoron....

“Tigers Be Still” Is a Funny But Shallow Take on Mental Illness

“Tigers Be Still” Is a Funny But Shallow Take on Mental Illness

By Josh Petersen

October 21, 2018

  In a climactic scene of “Tigers Be Still,” a play by Kim Rosenstock in production at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, two characters share the deepest parts of themselves while reflecting on grief and trauma with a candor that is literally therapeutic. (One of the characters is an...

“First Man” is a Visually Dazzling, Technically Accomplished Biopic

“First Man” is a Visually Dazzling, Technically Accomplished Biopic

By Josh Petersen

October 13, 2018

  In a time where the country feels more divided than ever, audiences might wax nostalgic for an era when American heroism could feel uncomplicated and bipartisan. At first glance, it seems that “First Man,” a biopic of Neil Armstrong directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle, might...

Check Your Social Media Influencers

Check Your Social Media Influencers

By Josh Petersen

October 11, 2018

For many young people, social media influencers, lifestyle bloggers and YouTubers are a more important part of their media diet than traditional journalists or celebrities. It is not hard to imagine a future where these content producers almost entirely replace time-honored media outlets. These online...

Petersen: Police Brutality in Utah Cannot Be Ignored

Petersen: Police Brutality in Utah Cannot Be Ignored

By Josh Petersen

October 3, 2018

A few years ago, it seemed that every week a new disturbing video of police shootings went viral on social media. While police violence has always been a problem, especially in communities of color, the issue has received particular attention in the past several years. Police shootings of unarmed black...

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 29: “Forever”

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 29: “Forever”

By Josh Petersen

October 2, 2018

Warning: this article contains some mild spoilers for “Forever.” “Forever,” a new Amazon original series which premiered Sept. 14, has a seriously funny pedigree. The series creators, Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, are veterans of acclaimed TV comedies — Yang co-created “Master of None,” Hubb...

Petersen: Don’t Forget to Vote

Petersen: Don’t Forget to Vote

By Josh Petersen

September 25, 2018

In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency and the Democrats won a commanding majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Millions of Americans, especially young people, first-time voters and Black Americans, were inspired by Obama’s messages of hope and change. Some optimistically viewe...

If You Like Rock Music, Stop Listening to Men

If You Like Rock Music, Stop Listening to Men

By Josh Petersen

September 24, 2018

  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2B9qyE5mwwRQwUwNtp8evh?si=-6pBXxCbRUqP4XbOXl2tUw If you are a fan of rock music, there has been plenty to be depressed about in the past five years. Rock music gets little Top 40 airplay, and it gets even less traction on streaming services, while hip-hop...

Petersen: A ‘Second Amendment Zone’ is Ridiculous. So Are Concealed Carry Laws.

Petersen: A ‘Second Amendment Zone’ is Ridiculous. So Are Concealed Carry Laws.

By Josh Petersen

September 18, 2018

The latest installment of the nation's endless debate on gun control recently surfaced on the University of Utah campus. A graduate student instructing a class included a detailed weapons policy on their syllabus. In the syllabus, students were required to stand in a small “second amendment zone,” as the instructor wanted to discourage students from ca...

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