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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/.

 

 

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