96 episodes

We celebrate our excellent faculty and our talented graduate students whose hard work, creativity, and intellectual firepower drive the research and teaching mission of The University of Montana.

Confluence University of Montana Graduate School

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

We celebrate our excellent faculty and our talented graduate students whose hard work, creativity, and intellectual firepower drive the research and teaching mission of The University of Montana.

    Ep. 96: Confluence Eddies Out

    Ep. 96: Confluence Eddies Out

    Our 96th episode is our last--at least, for a while. Host Ashby Kinch bids listeners farewell and reminds you of the vital nature of the strange but essential quest to understand the world that is higher education. He invites you to revisit our archive of dozens of compelling conversations--they'll still be here. Thank you for listening to Confluence, where great ideas flow together, and the river is always with us.

    • 4 min
    Ep. 95: Madalynn Madigar (M.A. Ecocriticism) on Slow Apocalypse, Petroleum and Utopias

    Ep. 95: Madalynn Madigar (M.A. Ecocriticism) on Slow Apocalypse, Petroleum and Utopias

    In the second installment of "How Climate Changes Me," Madalynn Madigar, graduate of the master's program in Ecocriticism, shares about her work. She presented at UM's 2023 Eco-Melancholia conference about petromodernity and apocalyptic narratives. This episode intersperses highlights from her talk with a conversation between Madalynn and Confluence producer, Amelia Liberatore.

    • 18 min
    Ep. 94: Richard Forbes (M.A. Journalism) on Melting Glaciers and Absurd Hope

    Ep. 94: Richard Forbes (M.A. Journalism) on Melting Glaciers and Absurd Hope

    This episode is the start of a mini-series "How Climate Changes Me," partly inspired by a University of Montana "Eco-Melancholia" conference held earlier this year. Our guest, Richard Forbes, is a graduate of the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism master's program at UM. He dives into the relationship between his school work, his life's work, and how he deals with the challenges that bridge the two.

    Photo Credit: richardhforbes.com

    • 19 min
    Ep. 93: Grad Student Panel on Resilience and Retention, GradCon 2023

    Ep. 93: Grad Student Panel on Resilience and Retention, GradCon 2023

    On this episode, we revisit GradCon 2023 and an enlightening panel on grad student resilience. Six students reflect on their graduate journeys and specifically chime in on navigating challenges in their programs, their networks of support, structural barriers they've encountered, and approaches to self-care.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 92: Annie Belcourt, Mentoring for Mental Health

    Ep. 92: Annie Belcourt, Mentoring for Mental Health

    Dr. Annie Belcourt, professor in the Public and Community Health Science department and chair of Native American Studies, returns to Confluence to round out our coverage of the M-HOPES grant: Mental Health Opportunities for Professional Empowerment in STEM. Annie hits home the importance of trauma-informed approaches, reframing thoughts, and cultural context. And she brings with her a great sense of humor.

    • 34 min
    Ep. 91: Bryan Cochran: Mentoring for Mental Health

    Ep. 91: Bryan Cochran: Mentoring for Mental Health

    Psychology professor Bryan Cochran returns to Confluence to pick up our series on the faculty educational program, M-HOPES: Mental Health Opportunities for Professional Empowerment in STEM. Listen back to episode 90 to get the lay of the land. And then tune in here for specifics about what kinds of mental health struggles grad students are experiencing and who is most likely to be impacted, as well as tips for faculty on how to validate and guide those students.

    • 25 min

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