11 episodes

Host Amanda Anderson explores topics of vital societal interest through conversations with scholars and writers whose voices have helped define issues and shape debates. Special focus on the forms of knowledge that characterize the humanities. Produced by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.

Meeting Street Cogut Institute for the Humanities

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Host Amanda Anderson explores topics of vital societal interest through conversations with scholars and writers whose voices have helped define issues and shape debates. Special focus on the forms of knowledge that characterize the humanities. Produced by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.

    Christopher Newfield on Building a More Democratic University

    Christopher Newfield on Building a More Democratic University

    How do inequities in working conditions and resources across academic departments jeopardize the central project of higher education? And how might the humanities serve as a model for thinking about university reform and ensuring the democracy of our institutions?

    • 35 min
    Happiness in Psychology and Philosophy

    Happiness in Psychology and Philosophy

    Is pleasure the measure of happiness? Does happiness make life meaningful? How does it factor in economic and political life?
    The boom of contemporary research on happiness has been driven by psychologists, though historically philosophy has long examined the subject. What happens when philosophy and psychology enter into conversation?
    While happiness may be found through a walk in the woods with a friend, happiness research also illuminates social and public issues ranging from social media to authoritarianism. In this episode of Meeting Street, psychologist Joachim Krueger and philosopher Bernard Reginster explore with host Amanda Anderson the factors that contribute to or impact happiness and the ways in which happiness and meaningfulness can diverge. They talk about the benefits of conducting and teaching happiness research together and discuss how collaboration could shed light on related topics like social status.
    https://humanities.brown.edu/media/meetingst/10 (Transcript)

    • 35 min
    Black Aliveness

    Black Aliveness

    A wide-ranging and revelatory conversation with scholar and writer Kevin Quashie about his new book Black Aliveness, which emphasizes the experience of Black life through readings of poetry and first-person essays. We discuss the notion of aliveness in the context of Afropessimism and anti-Black violence, critique and post-critique, and the fields of aesthetics and cultural studies. In the course of our conversation, Quashie also offers a philosophical analysis of pronouns, an account of study as an ethical act, and a beautiful reading of “Reply” by Lucille Clifton.
    https://humanities.brown.edu/media/meetingst/9 (Transcript)

    • 42 min
    On Catastrophe and Planetary Realism

    On Catastrophe and Planetary Realism

    How do the humanities help us respond to what feels like a new era of planetary catastrophe? Join Meeting Street host Amanda Anderson as she speaks with literary scholar and humanities institute director Debjani Ganguly about how humanities scholars and contemporary novelists have conceptualized large-scale transformations affecting our planet and our societies. Topics include the climate emergency, artificial intelligence, drone wars, viral threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and new novelistic forms of “planetary realism.”
    https://humanities.brown.edu/media/meetingst/8 (Transcript)

    • 31 min
    Historical Racism and the Politics of Loss

    Historical Racism and the Politics of Loss

    How do we understand experiences of loss politically? And what role have accounts of loss played historically, from slavery through the Movement for Black Lives and the pandemic? Meeting Street host Amanda Anderson speaks with political scientist Juliet Hooker and historian Emily Owens about their teaching project across the humanities and social sciences. We discuss quantitative vs. qualitative frameworks; the significance of public feelings of grief, rage, and exhaustion; and the powerful role that both numbers and art can play in political movements.
    https://www.brown.edu/academics/humanities/meeting-street-episode7 (Transcript)

    • 36 min
    Feminist Criticism After Trump

    Feminist Criticism After Trump

    What does feminism teach us about the Trump years and democratic life today? In this episode of Meeting Street, Amanda Anderson talks with political theorist and cultural critic Bonnie Honig about a form of politics in which misogyny is a central feature, the use of gaslighting and other gendered forms of shock politics in public life, and the politics of refusal.
    https://www.brown.edu/academics/humanities/meeting-street-episode6 (Transcript)

    • 28 min

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