The Humanities Pod is a production of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
Rural Poetics: Part 2 with Nancy Bereano
This episode features Nancy Bereano, founder of Ithaca’s groundbreaking, award-winning lesbian and feminist press, Firebrand Books (1985-2000). Speaking with Rural Poetics host, Alec Pollak, Bereano reflects on the heyday of feminist small-press publishing and her role bringing up notable authors such as Alison Bechdel, Leslie Feinberg, and Audre Lorde.
Rural Poetics: Part 1 with Nikki Wallschlaeger
In this episode, author Nikki Wallschlaeger reads 11 poems from her latest published collection of poetry-- Waterbaby (2021, Copper Canyon Press). Nikki also speaks with Rural Poetics host Marty Cain, to contextualize her work, sharing insights into her writing process and geographic inspirations.
Crafting Belief from Medieval Dreamscapes to Thai Buddhist Temples with Adin Lears and Anthony Irwin.
2020-21 ‘Fabrication’ Fellows, Adin Lears, assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Anthony Lovenheim Irwin, scholar of Asian religions, engage in a conversation that ranges from creatures and creaturehood in Piers Plowman to craft and construction in Thai Buddhism, finding common ground in questions of spirituality and belief, language and craft, as they consider the ethics and poetics of ‘Fabrication.’
Shutting off the Gaslight with Kate Manne
Kate Manne, 2018-19 “Authority” Faculty Fellow and associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University takes listeners behind the pages of her latest book “Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women.” Discussing concepts such as “himpathy,” “mansplaining,” and “gaslighting” Kate shares stories from her writing process, earlier philosophical roots, and where she finds the strength to keep fighting on behalf of women and girls today.
Sartorial Self-Fashioning and the Legacies of Enslavement with Kimberly Kay Lamm
Kimberly Kay Lamm, 2020-21 Society Fellow and associate professor of gender, sexuality and feminist studies at Duke University, explores issues of race, sex and class through the self-fashioning of Black women. From writers of the Harlem Renaissance to visual artists of today, Lamm unfurls the physical and psychic legacies of fashion and fabrication as both display and self-protection in a hostile world.
Shaping Emotions in Late Ancient Christianity with Georgia Frank
Georgia Frank, 2020-21 Society Fellow and Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Colgate University, takes us back to the first 600 years of Christianity to explore the power of song and participatory performances in reenacting and fabricating emotions. Georgia shares insights from her research on bodily experience in ancient Mediterranean religions, including methods and metaphors by which early Christians shaped a collective identity.