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Being Human aims to create conversations between the humanities and other disciplines -- conversations that let humanists and scholars in other fields learn from each other and create new forms of understanding as the 21st century unfolds.
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Jan 14, 2022

An interview with Gayle Rogers, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Rogers's most recent book Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI.

Dec 3, 2021

An interview with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. The interview focuses on Professor Sullivan's most recent book The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora.

Information on the essay collection Teaching Black, from the University of Pittsburgh Press, can be found here: upittpress.org/books/9780822946953/.

The webpage for Professor Sullivan's upcoming novel can be found here: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/712169…781324091417.

Nov 8, 2021

An interview with Heather Love, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. The interview focuses on Professor Love's most recent book Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory.

 

 

 
Oct 1, 2021

An interview with Michael Clune, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities at Case Western University. The interview focuses on Professor Clune's most recent book A Defense of Judgment. Professor Clune's essays at the Chronicle of Higher Education, including one that reproduces the core argument of A Defense of Judgment, are available here: www.chronicle.com/author/michael-clune.

Sep 10, 2021

An interview with Charles Exley, professor of Japanese literature and film and Associate Director of film and media studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Exley's work with Screenshot:Asia, a project to promote Asian film and culture in Pittsburgh. The website for Screenshot:Asia is here: www.screenshot.pitt.edu/. The essay we discuss on Takagi Tokuko and Japanese popular opera can be found here: www.jstor.org/stable/44508506?se…_info_tab_contents.

Jun 24, 2021

An interview with Paul Bové, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Bové's new book Love’s Shadow, which was published in January by Harvard University Press. The interview was recorded on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Information on boundary2, the journal Professor Bové edits, can be found here: read.dukeupress.edu/boundary-2.

The book launch for Love's Shadow hosted by boundary2 is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTSWaaRRI-s.

Click here for a conversation on Love's Shadow hosted by Dartmouth: www.youtube.com/watch?v=opVQOsKRamw.

More information on the book, including Professor Bové's review of it, can be found here: paulbove.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/th…arch-30-2021/.

The clip of Harold Bloom talking about "The Auroras of Autumn" that we discuss in the interview is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLBXe3z9zx8.

Click here to listen to Backbone, a podcast about essential workers, hosted and recorded by Being Human producer Jacqui Sieber: www.spreaker.com/show/backbone.

May 14, 2021

An interview with Shelome Gooden, professor of linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Gooden's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, May 7, 2021. Professor Gooden's LSA plenary talk is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlVotlTf6QM&t=565s. A citation and abstract for her essay "In the Fisherman's Net" can be found here: www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/…shelome-gooden. Citation and abstract for "African American Language in Pittsburgh and the Lower Susquehanna Valley" here: www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/…99795390-e-35. Information on the linguist.

Click here to listen to Backbone, a podcast about essential workers, hosted and recorded by Being Human producer Jacqui Sieber: www.spreaker.com/show/backbone.

Apr 2, 2021

An interview with Adriana Helbig, professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Helbig's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, March 12, 2021. The Music at Pitt podcast, which is recorded and produced by Phil Thompson, can be found here: www.music.pitt.edu/podcast.

Mar 5, 2021

An interview with Shaundra Myers, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Myers' research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, February 19, 2021. Professor Myers' essay on black anaesthetics can be found here: academic.oup.com/alh/article-abst…/31/1/47/5273610.

[Note: Professor Myers reached out to say she misspoke when discussing the Combahee River Collective at 23:30. She meant to refer to Barbara Smith rather than Barbara Johnson.]

Click here to listen to Backbone, a podcast about essential workers, hosted and recorded by Being Human producer Jacqui Sieber: www.spreaker.com/show/backbone.

Feb 12, 2021

An interview with Christopher Nygren, professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Nygren's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by the pandemic. It was recorded on Friday, February 5, 2021. The Beatrice Institute podcast we discuss can be found here: beatriceinstitute.libsyn.com/nygren-interview.

Click here to listen to Backbone, a podcast about essential workers, hosted and recorded by Being Human producer Jacqui Sieber: www.spreaker.com/show/backbone.

 

 

Jan 8, 2021

An interview with Mohammed Bamyeh, professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Bamyeh's research and writing, in particular, including his books Lifeworlds of Islam: the Pragmatics of a Religion, and Anarchy as Order: the History and Future of Civic Humanity. The essay we discuss (which is in Arabic) on civil war in the US is here: www.al-adab.com/article/%D9%83%D9…D9%8A%D8%A9%D8%9F. The interview we discuss is here: countervortex.org/anarchism-and-th…-arab-uprisings/. The issue of Mizna focusing on literature and revolutions can be found here: mizna.org/journal-slider/mizna…ature-in-revolution/.

 

 

Dec 4, 2020

An interview with Alaina Roberts, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Roberts' research and writing, in particular her forthcoming book I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land. More information on the book can be found here: bit.ly/3garKyE. Professor Roberts' website can be found here: alainaeroberts.com/. The interview we discuss during this podcast (with WVON Chicago) can be found by scrolling down on this page: alainaeroberts.com/in-the-media/.

Nov 9, 2020

An interview with RA Judy, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on RA Judy's research and writing, in particular his recently published book Sentient Flesh: Thinking in Disorder, Poiesis in Black. The interview with Fred Moten we discuss can be found here: www.boundary2.org/2020/05/of-human…y-by-fred-moten/. A citation and abstract for the boundary2 essay "Restless Flying" can be found here: read.dukeupress.edu/boundary-2/arti…/47/2/91/164269. Professor Judy's interview for the Minneapolis Interview Project can be found here: turtleroad.org/2020/08/02/ronald-judy/.

 

 

Oct 2, 2020

An interview with Mari Webel, professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Webel's teaching and research, and the perspectives they provide on the crises of 2020. Dr. Webel's National Humanities Webinar can be found here: nationalhumanitiescenter.org/putting-co…epidemics/. The article on reporting responsibly on Covid-19 can be found here: blogs.scientificamerican.com/observatio…sponsibly/.

Sep 4, 2020

An interview with Robin Brooks, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Brooks' teaching and research, and the perspectives they provide on the crises of 2020. Dr. Brooks' essay on RIP Shirts in the journal Biography can be found here: muse.jhu.edu/issue/40025. A Washington Post article that draws on that research is here: www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019…peace-shirts/. Links to other research can be found on Dr. Brooks' website, here: drrobinbrooks.com/.

Aug 22, 2020

An interview with Rudolph Ware, professor of history at the University of Michigan. The interview focuses on Professor Ware's life and career, particularly his recent book The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. The novel we discuss during the conversation is Ambiguous Adventure, by Cheikh Hamidou Kane.

Jul 10, 2020

An interview with Mabel Wilson, architect, designer, and professor of architecture at Columbia University. The interview focuses on Professor Wilson's life and career, including her 2012 book "Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums." The website for Who Builds Your Architecture?, which we discuss in the interview, can be found here: whobuilds.org/.

Jun 19, 2020

An interview with Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University. The interview focuses on Dr. Shelby's life and career, particularly his work on race and justice.

Jun 5, 2020

An interview with Fred Moten, professor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. The interview focuses on Professor Moten's life and career, particularly his recent volume of criticism called "consent not to be a single being." The Nathaniel Mackey poem "Destination Out," which Moten references at the end of the conversation, is available here: www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazi…tination-out.

May 1, 2020

An interview with Allen MacDuffie, professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin. The interview focuses on Professor MacDuffie's work as a scholar of Victorian literature and the environment. The essay we discuss, "Charles Darwin and the Victorian Pre-History of Climate Denial," is currently available on Jstor, here: www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/vic…_info_tab_contents. Professor MacDuffie also mentions Rob Nixon's work during the conversation. A Being Human interview with Professor Nixon is available here: Humanities-pitt – Slow-violence-and-a-repertoire-of-selves-an-interview-with-rob-nixon.

Mar 6, 2020

An interview with Merry Wiesner-Hanks, distinguished professor emerita of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The interview focuses on Professor Wiesner-Hanks' career as a world historian and a historian of women and gender. The Masha Gessen essay that she references can be found here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-queer-opposition-to-pete-buttigieg-explained. For even more insight into the experiences of the earliest wave of feminist scholars in the American academy, listen to the Being Human interview with Margaret Homans: https://soundcloud.com/humanities-pitt/margaret-homans-interview.

Jan 10, 2020

An interview with Clay Risen, deputy op-ed editor at the New York Times and author of The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century. The interview focuses on Risen's book on Roosevelt, as well as his general approach to writing popular American history.

Dec 6, 2019

An interview with Rebecca Jordan-Young, professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. The interview focuses on Professor Jordan-Young's research into the science of gender and sexuality, particularly her most recent book Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography, which she co-authored with Katrina Karkazis.

Nov 1, 2019

An interview with Simon Gikandi, professor of English at Princeton University and President of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The interview focuses on Professor Gikandi's life and career, and the role that literature and art played for him growing up in a postcolonial setting. We also discuss the upcoming MLA conference, the theme of which is...Being Human!

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