A daily discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts - hosted by Dr. Scott Gabriel Knowles, a historian of disasters at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
EP #383 - 11.24.2021 - Black Insercurity at the End of the World w/Justin Mann
Today I welcome Justin Mann author of “Black Insecurity at the End of the World.”
Justin L. Mann is an assistant professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He has research and teaching interests in African American literature, Black feminist theory, Black speculative fiction, and security policy. His current book project, Breaking the World: Black Insecurity after the New World Order argues that Black speculative fictions are a critical but overlooked archive for understanding America’s security ambitions since the Reagan Administration. Bringing works by Octavia E. Butler, Walter Mosley, Colson Whitehead, and N.K. Jemisin (among others) into conversation with “white papers” Breaking The World argues that Black speculation rejects the false promises of securitization by figuring insecurity as a central mode for making political and social worlds. In his recent article “Black Insecurity at the End of the World,” published in Oct by MELUS, Dr. Mann examines the racialization of disease in Colson Whitehead’s zombie novel, Zone One, arguing that the novel offers different and distinct frames for understanding how disease maps onto logic of racial difference. Dr. Mann’s work has also appeared in the journals Feminist Theory, Surveillance & Society, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere.
EP #382 - 11.23.2021 - New Doctors in the Pandemic
Today I welcome MD/MBA Thomas Irwin to discuss medical education in the time of COVID.
A graduate of the MD/MBA program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Tom Irwin worked as an opera singer and bass player for nearly two decades before medical school. Since making a living as a musician requires other work as well, his other employment has included professional sound and musical instrument sales, officiating in minor-league hockey, and producing television news in Louisiana and Tennessee. A native of New Orleans, he has degrees in music from the University of New Orleans and the University of Northern Colorado, and he and his meteorologist wife have two children. He is currently doing a research year with the University of Kansas Cancer Center's Melanoma Project.
EP #381 - 11.23.2021 - COVID in Japan w/Kyle Cleveland
Today I welcome sociologist Kyle Cleveland from Temple University Japan, co-editor of Legacies of Fukushima: 3.11 in Context.
Kyle Cleveland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University’s Japan Campus (TUJ), where he is Faculty Director of Study Abroad and Honors Programming. He is the founding director of the university's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), which organizes cross-disciplinary programming for public lectures and academic symposia, including a series of lectures and symposia related the 3/11 Tohoku disasters. Since 2011, he has done extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Fukushima, interviewing nuclear refugees, prefectural mayors, military officials, anti-nuclear activists and nuclear industry experts. He is writing a book on the political dimensions of radiation assessment in the Fukushima nuclear crisis, examining how foreign governments in Japan responded to the crisis. He is co-editor (with Scott Knowles and Ryuma Shineha of the book “Legacies of Fukushima: 3/11 in Context,” published by University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming in May of 2021).
EP #380 - 11.22.2021 - Legal Responses to COVID-19
Today I welcome Wendy E. ParMET Parmet, the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University—co-editor of Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19.
Wendy E. Parmet is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, where she is the faculty director of the Center on Health Policy and Law. Professor Parmet is the author of numerous law review and peer reviewed articles. Her books include The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy and the Case for Global Solidarity, co-authored with Patricia Illingworth (2017, NYU Press), Populations, Public Health, and the Law (2009, Georgetown University Press) and the forthcoming Constitutional Contagion, How Constitutional Law is Killing Us. (2023, Cambridge Univ. Press). Professor Parmet is also Associate Editor for Law and Ethics for the American Journal of Public Health.
EP #379 - 11.22.2021 - Pandemic Burnout w/Jenny Pickerill
Today I welcome Jenny Pickerill, Professor of Environmental Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at Sheffield University.
Jenny Pickerill is a Professor of Environmental Geography and Head of Department of Geography at Sheffield University, England. Her research focuses on inspiring grassroots solutions to environmental problems and in hopeful and positive ways in which we can change social practices. She has published 3 books (Cyberprotest; Anti-war Activism; Eco-Homes) and over 30 articles on themes around eco-housing, eco-communities, social justice and environmentalism. She is currently completing a book on Eco-communities: Living Together Differently.
EP #378 - 11.18.2021 - Disability Research in the COVID Era + Montana Update
Today I welcome Meg Traci, Mackenzie Jones and Hana Meshesha to discuss their research on people with disabilities copied during the COVID era. Philippa Clarke, is hoping to join us tonight too.
Mackenzie Jones is the Health Education Specialist for the Montana Disability and Health Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Accessibility liaison for the APHA Disability Section.
Hana Meshesha is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Counseling, University of Montana and the Mentoring co-chair for the APHA Disability Section Mentorship program.
Meg Ann Traci is a senior scientist and research associate professor at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities with nearly thirty years of experience in the field of disability and health.
Dr. Clarke is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She is also a Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Her work examines the social determinants of disability, with a particular focus on the built environment for older adults aging in place.