11 episodes

The Spotlight Podcast is a great way to keep up to date with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. We will post interviews with our amazing students and alumni, who will showcase their research and scholarship.

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The Spotlight Podcast is a great way to keep up to date with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. We will post interviews with our amazing students and alumni, who will showcase their research and scholarship.

    PhD Candidate Explores Lebanese Politics

    PhD Candidate Explores Lebanese Politics

    Kelly Stedem, a PhD candidate in the politics department, discusses the  current protests in Lebanon and her dissertation, which explores  clientelism in the country. Stedem recently coauthored an article for  the Washinton Post's Monkey Cage blog about the protests.

    • 24 min
    Russian Punk Rock from the 1970s to Pussy Riot

    Russian Punk Rock from the 1970s to Pussy Riot

    In this episode of the Highlights Podcast, Alexander Herbert, a PhD  candidate in the history department, discusses his book, "What About  Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy  Riot."

    • 24 min
    Musicologist Investigates Shostakovich's Musical Language

    Musicologist Investigates Shostakovich's Musical Language

    PhD candidate Matthew Heck first fell in love with Shostakovich as a young violinist. He has spent his time at Brandeis investigating the nuts and bolts of Shostakovich's musical language—an area that he feels has been somewhat neglected by anglophone theorists.

    • 10 min
    Can Machine Learning Solve the Challenges of Cloud Computing?

    Can Machine Learning Solve the Challenges of Cloud Computing?

    Ryan Marcus, PhD'19, discusses the challenges associated with cloud  computing and the ways that machine learning may be able to address them.

    • 8 min
    PhD Student in Chemistry Investigates Turing Patterns

    PhD Student in Chemistry Investigates Turing Patterns

    Chris Konow researches the impact of growth on Turing patterns in the  Epstein Lab. Turing patterns are named after the British mathematician  Alan Turing, who proposed a mechanism for how differentiation can occur  within a homogeneous system. The Epstein and Fraden labs at Brandeis  have provided experimental support for Turing's predictions and are  currently performing research to improve our understanding of the Turing  mechanism.

    • 8 min
    Jack E. Davis, PhD'94, Discusses His Pulitzer Prize Winning Book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea"

    Jack E. Davis, PhD'94, Discusses His Pulitzer Prize Winning Book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea"

    Jack E. Davis, PhD'94, returned to campus on March 19, 2019 to give a talk about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea." He sat down with us for half an hour to discuss the book, his next project on the history of the bald eagle and to provide some words of advice on how students of history can improve their own writing. 

    • 26 min

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