Welcome to The Campfire. This is the idea place where thinkers and leaders from Claremont Graduate University talk about their intellectual, creative, and personal journeys.
Non-Fiction Storytelling with Independent Filmmaker Tony Villani
Tony Villani is many things: chief among them, a visionary chronicler of non-fiction stories.
He recently joined the podcast to discuss some of his work, his creative process, and why he chooses the medium of independent filmmaking to display his artistic vision.
Villani also goes into detail on his latest project, Soldiers: Six Stories, Six Wars, including how it was made and why he chose to present the film in its final format. (Bonus content: stick around for a sneak preview on his upcoming projects still in the works.)
A cut of Soldiers is available for streaming on Tubi.
What it Means to Be Community-Engaged: Torie Weiston-Serdan and the Importance of Youth Mentorship
If you were to ask Torie Weiston-Serdan about how it feels to be featured in Forbes, she would probably answer with one word: “humbled.”
Torie recently joined Jeremy on The Campfire to discuss her passion for critical mentoring and what it means to make a positive impact in the lives of youth. Plus, they go over the ways to be community-engaged, and what that looks like in CGU’s MA program that Weiston-Serdan directs.
To learn more about Torie’s work in critical mentoring, visit criticalmentoring.org. Learn more about her nonprofit, the Youth Mentoring Action Network, at yman.org.
Setting a President: Len Jessup on Leadership, His Time in Higher Education, and a Look Toward CGU’s Future
Before he was a university president, dean, or even a college professor, Len Jessup was a centerfielder for the College of the Siskiyous in Northern California with a drive to learn.
Today, he’s one of the most widely-recognized leaders in higher education, and has served as CGU’s 12th president since 2018.
On today’s episode, Jessup sits down with Megan and Jeremy to discuss how he approaches leadership, and reflects on the experiences and mentors that helped him on the journey to where he is today.
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Re-Igniting The Flame
Can’t Have a Campfire without a flame. Did you know that The Flame magazine at CGU has been in publication since 2000? 22 years later, it’s still going strong!
Join Jeremy and Megan as they discuss the magazine, its history, and some of the notable taglines throughout the years.
Plus, they go over the newly launched digital edition of The Flame and talk about the remarkable design work of CGU’s very own Director of Design Services Gina Pirtle.
Go to flame.cgu.edu to read the newest issue.
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Digging This Update? Diane Chase Unearths the Secrets of the Ancient Maya
Welcome back and thanks for listening!
Last season, we spoke with Diane Chase, CGU’s VP for academic innovation, student success, and strategic initiatives. Not only is she well-versed in student success but is a widely-renowned archaeologist.
Her work was recently featured in PBS’s NOVA documentary program, one of the most popular primetime science series on American television. “Ancient Maya Metropolis” features Diane Chase and her husband Arlen, who for over 25 years have directed archaeological excavations at Caracol, Southern Belize. Their work has been vital to uncovering just how vast the city of Caracol was, and its significance to the Mayan people.
Tune in as Meg and Jeremy discuss the documentary, the breakthroughs thanks to modern technology, and the significance of preserving culture.
Chase is one of many examples of the incredible researchers we have at CGU—learn more about her here! Sources Mentioned:
Caracol Excavations website, where you can learn more about the Chases’ excavations in Caracol.
Ancient Maya Metropolis (episode available with qualifying charitable donation and subscription to PBS)
Inside Higher Ed feature on Arlen and Diane Chase, “The Road to Caracol”
New Year, New Season
Happy 2022! With the new year, we are excited to announce something new about the podcast: a co-host! Join Jeremy Byrum and new co-host Megan Castro, CGU’s assistant director of digital content & engagement, around The Campfire. In this new season, Jeremy and Megan will be teaming up to discuss “Campfire Bites,” smaller, themed conversation about what’s going on around campus, in the community, and in the world of higher education. For their first episode, Megan and Jeremy introduce themselves and talk about the future of higher ed, as well as the implications of technology on modes of instruction. How can traditional institutions adapt to the shift to online and hybrid instruction in the wake of the pandemic? And, where does CGU fit in? So, grab your marshmallows, chocolates, and maybe some headphones, and help us keep this fire burning. Plus, we’ll still be bringing thinkers and leaders from CGU to talk about their work, just like before!