Debra Caplan is an Assistant Professor of Theater in the Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College and the author of Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy (U Michigan Press, 2018). She is interviewed by Beth Harpaz, editor of CUNY SUM.
Jason Tougaw is an associate professor in the English department at Queens College and the author of two recent books: The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience (Yale UP 2018) and The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (Dzanc 2017). This episode title comes from a 2015 journal article he published in Modern Fiction Studies.
Beth Harpaz is the content editor for SUM, a new website showcasing CUNY research. She’s also the author of three books and a #recoveringjournalist after 35 years in newsrooms. Her work as travel editor for The Associated Press earned her the 2018 bronze award for travel journalist of the year from the Society of American Travel Writers and another SATW award for a podcast about visiting all 50 states. Follow her on Twitter @literarydj
Bridgett Davis is a journalist, essayist, novelist, memoirist, filmmaker, teacher and director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College. Her newest book, The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown in January 2019) is a compelling and touching tribute to her mother and to the business that supported her family for decades.
In part two of our exciting season finale, we continue our conversation with Stephanie and Jennifer, but allow the interview to degenerate into guilty TV pleasures and the addicting nature of social media.
In our exciting, surprise two-part season finale, we interview Professors Stephanie Margolin (Hunter) and Jennifer Poggiali (Lehman) about their workaround academic libraries and bathrooms. While the topic lends itself to fairly easy jokes, it’s fascinating and important, speaking to everything from student success to the human experience.
Anna Gotlib is a faculty in the Brooklyn College philosophy department and editor of The Moral Psychology of Sadness (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). The volume celebrates the rich opportunities for intellectual exploration within this complex and overlooked emotion. In this episode, Gotlib shares her reasons for choosing the topic and makes a strong case for allowing space – philosophical as well as social – for sadness, especially in American culture where frank discussions of sadness are...
Barbara Gray is writing a biography of 19th century grifter-turned-philanthropist, Sophie Lyons. She talks about the genesis of the project, her research process and gives us a sneak peak of Sophie's fascinating life. She also gives us a glimpse into her work with students in her role as the director of the Research Center at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
I first met Dana Weinberg when I was a graduate student in the Queens College Applied Social Research program. She was, as you’ll soon hear for yourself, an incredible teacher. Her work at the time was around the sociology of nursing and we read Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing, an amazing book which I often give to nursing students. It’s beautiful, both in terms of its prose and its ideas.
I was very interested to learn Dana is now working on the...
Richard Lieberman is the head of the La Guardia and Wagner Archives, which just happens to be housed at LaGuardia Community College, my home campus. In this interview, we touch on a lot of great topics, ranging from the importance of faculty-led projects, to Wikipedia, to Ed Koch’s mayorship. If these seem like disparate strands, then you’ve never met Richard, who masterfully ties together the strands of history.
Micki Kaufman, a doctoral student in history at the CUNY Graduate Center, talks about her dissertation, “Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me:’ Quantifying Kissinger.” She uses computational text analysis and visualization techniques to work with material from the Digital National Security Archive’s Kissinger collections.
Robin Davis, librarian and assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, talks about her computational linguistics project, “Nondescript: A Web Tool to Aid Subversion of Authorship Attribution.” http://indoorvoicespodcast.com/2018/02/02/NYCDHW
Boone Gorges is the lead developer for the CUNY Academic Commonsand a one-time CUNY grad student, making him uniquely qualified to navigate between the technical world and the academic one. As someone who truly believes free and open source software is the pillar of an informed society, I loved speaking with Boone, who can articulately argue that a broad technical understanding of our various systems--from operating systems to algorithms--is an important new literacy. He even makes a...