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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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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!

Oct 4, 2019

An interview with Angie Cruz, Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the novel Dominicana (2019). The interview focuses on Professor Cruz's recent novel and her work editing the literary journal Aster(ix). Link to Aster(ix) here: asterixjournal.com/. The interview "Editing with Love and Openness is Activism" is available here: www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/ed…hat-angie-cru. The essay "What We Deserve" from the Paris Review is available here: www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/08/…t-we-deserve/.

Sep 13, 2019

An interview with David Crandall and Elizabeth Dowd of Theatre Nohgaku, an international performance ensemble whose members share a passion for noh theater and a conviction that it has profound power for audiences today. The interview took place on September 11, 2019, ahead of their upcoming performance of Gettysburg: An American Noh in Pittsburgh. For more information on the company, the performance, or noh theater in general, visit their website here: www.theatrenohgaku.org/.

 

 

 
Jun 7, 2019

An interview with Caspar Pearson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. The interview focuses on Professor Pearson's life and career, particularly his work on Alberti and contemporary European architecture.

May 3, 2019

An interview with Maria Loh, Professor of Art History at CUNY Hunter College. The interview focuses on Professor Loh's life and career, particularly her work on Titian and early modern painting. Her newest book is titled Titian's Touch: Art, Magic, and Philosophy.

Apr 5, 2019

A reading and interview with Andrea Brady, professor of poetry at Queen Mary University of London and fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. The interview was taped live at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh on February 27, 2019. It focuses on Professor Brady's recently completed poem The Blue Split Compartments as well as her writing on Drone Poetics. A sample of the poem she reads can be found here: www.manifold.group.shef.ac.uk/issue20/An…yBM20.html. The essay "Drone Poetics" was published in volume 89-90 (2017) of the journal "new formations."

 

 

Mar 1, 2019

An interview with Ed Ayers, Tucker-Boatright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond. The interview focuses on Professor Ayers' life and career, particularly his work with digital humanities and southern history. The "Everyone Their Own Historian" address that Professor Ayers references can be viewed here: www.edwardayers.com/presidential-address. Many of the other digital projects discussed in the interview can be found through Professor Ayers' website, here: www.edwardayers.com/.

Feb 1, 2019

An interview with Steve Lyons, director of research for the Natural History Museum. The interview focuses on NHM's work within the museum sector, particularly their attempts to change the politics of museum practice. More information on all of the exhibits and projects we discuss can be found on NHM's website, here: thenaturalhistorymuseum.org/. More information on the artist collective Not an Alternative is available here: notanalternative.org/.

Jan 11, 2019

An interview with Nuruddin Farah, novelist and winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Farah was in Pittsburgh for an editorial meeting of the journal boundary 2. Special thanks for Professor Paul Bové for helping arrange the interview.

Dec 7, 2018

An interview with Kazuo Hara, Japanese documentary filmmaker and winner of the first biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award. The interview focuses on Hara's nearly 50 years of documentary filmmaking and the social impact his films have had in Japan and worldwide.

Special thanks to Charles Exley, professor of modern Japanese literature and film at Pitt, for translating and recording Hara's responses. And thanks as usual to Noah Livingston, humanities media fellow at Pitt, for his production work.

Nov 2, 2018

An interview with Noël Carroll, distinguished professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The interview focuses mostly on Professor Carroll's work on horror, particularly his 1990 book The Philosophy of Horror, or Paradoxes of the Heart. It was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead, which was filmed in Pittsburgh in 1968.

Oct 5, 2018

Highlights from a panel conversation on September 26, 2018 titled "Environmental Institutions: Representing Nature in the Anthropocene." The panel featured Reid Frazier (Energy Reporter, The Allegheny Front and StateImpact Pennsylvania), Nicole Heller (Curator of the Anthropocene, Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and Heather Houser (Associate Professor of English, University ofTexas-Austin). It was hosted by Dan Kubis (Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center).

Reid, Heather, and Nicole were representing three different kinds of institutions: universities, museums, and the media. These institutions help us understand our relationship with the environment and define possibilities moving forward. But do they see these realities and possibilities in the same way? How might they work together to better formulate our current environmental realities or motivate future action? What can other institutions or perspectives add to the conversation? Our guests worked towards answering these questions as they shared their experiences working with environmental issues and the communities they affect.

Sep 7, 2018

An interview with Lee Gutkind, writer and founder of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction. The interview was conducted live at the University of Pittsburgh on July 20, 2018. It was part of the concluding event for Pitt's 2018 Summer Science Writing Workshop, organized by Lillian Chong. The event began with students from the workshop reading some of the science writing they had developed over the summer. You can read those works here: medium.com/lab-musings-summer-2018.

Jul 6, 2018

An interview with Robin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History at Harvard University. We were honored to have Professor Bernstein at Pitt to give the Humanities Center's 2018 Faculty Seminar. The interview focuses on Professor Bernstein's life and career, particularly her work on childhood and performance studies.

Jun 1, 2018

An interview with Rob Nixon, professor of English at Princeton University. The interview focuses on Professor Nixon's life and career, particularly his work in environmental criticism and public humanities. You can find his book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor here: www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674072343. The essay we discuss, How to Read a Bridge, can be found here: www.environmentandsociety.org/perspectiv…ead-bridge.

May 4, 2018

An interview with Judith Peraino, professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University. The interview focuses on Professor Peraino's life and career, particularly her work on connections between music and queer sexuality.

Apr 6, 2018

An interview with Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of the performance company Cultural Odyssey and creator of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. Rhodessa Jones was at Pitt for a month-long residency in February, 2018. During her residency, she worked with students to create a theatrical performance, offered performances of her own work, and gave lectures. The interview focuses on Rhodessa's life and career, particularly the social impact of her work.

Mar 2, 2018

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: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/70124/destination-out

Feb 2, 2018

An interview with Anne Knowles, McBride Professor of History at the University of Maine. The interview focuses on Professor Knowles's life and career, particularly her work with geographical information systems. Stay tuned for a link to the map we discuss at 31:15.

Jan 12, 2018

An interview with Christopher Fynsk, professor and dean of the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. The interview focuses on Professor Fynsk's life and career, particularly his 2004 book "The Claim of Language: A Case for the Humanities."

Dec 1, 2017

An interview with author John Edgar Wideman. The interview focuses on Wideman's life and career, particularly connections between his writing and the various communities of which he has been a part. The conversation also features Leon Ford, a social activist in Pittsburgh. Ford was shot by police in 2012 and is paralyzed as a result. He currently works for social justice in Pittsburgh, and has developed a relationship with Wideman based on their mutual investment in writing. For more on Leon's story see here: http://www.leonfordspeaks.com/

Nov 3, 2017

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.

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