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Welcome to the IAH Podcast Series, where we profile fascinating people connected to the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We talk with faculty about the pillars of their work in teaching, service and research. We learn the makings of successful leaders across disciplines. And we share this with you.

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Viji Sathy on leading the Academic Leadership Program

Viji Sathy

Viji Sathy, the IAH’s Tyson Academic Leadership Program Director, talks about how the program helps faculty across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, her experiences in leadership development, and the way she brings her work in inclusive teaching into the ALP seminars.



Experiences in the Faculty Fellowship Program with Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada, holding his notebook, in his office in Dey Hall.

Oswaldo Estrada, professor of Romance studies, discusses the Faculty Fellowship Program. After receiving a fellowship three times, Estrada returned as its program director in 2021. As he enters the second year in the role, we talk about the program, the way that it enhances faculty research, his past experiences as a Fellow, and what he’s looking forward to learning from this year’s cohorts.



Recovering stories from the past: The Sewing Girl’s Tale

History professor John Wood Sweet joins the podcast to talk about his new book, The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America, published by Henry Holt and Company. He talks about the experiences of researching and publishing this book, his IAH Faculty Fellowship in 2020, and why he started telling the stories of people who aren’t widely known.



‘Between Home, Blackness and Me’: Interview with 2022 Reckford Speaker Magdalena J. Zaborowska

Magdalena Zaborowska, wearing a University of Michigan mask, stands in the University Room. Out of focus behind her, is her slideshow presentation.

After the 2022 Reckford Lecture, speaker Magdalena Zaborowska joins Patricia Parker and Sharon Holland for a deeper dive into themes from her remarks, including questions about belonging and identity in James Baldwin’s philosophy of Black queer humanism. She also discusses her interdisciplinary research methodologies and provides a glimpse into her future Baldwin-inspired projects.



Performance and the US-Mexico Border with China Medel

China Medel talks about her work in media and performance studies, as well as her manuscript Spectral Aethestics: Alternative Media and Visibility at the US-Mexico Border, which looks at a selection of film photography, new media and installation art about the crisis of migrant death at the US Mexico border.



The Endurance Project with Gwendolyn Schwinke and Maya Gurantz

Assistant Professor Gwendolyn Schwinke and artist Maya Gurantz discuss their latest collaboration, The Endurance Project.



Podcast with Senator Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill sits at a microphone in the Seminar Room of Hyde Hall, recording a podcast.

Ahead of the Weil Lecture on American Citizenship, Director Patricia Parker talks with Senator Claire McCaskill about her political career, important figures in her life, and more.



Uncovering Abandoned Voices Of Antiquity With Hérica Valladares

Herica Valladares

Associate Professor of Classics Hérica Valladares speaks with Philip on her current research project regarding the material culture of domestic Ancient Rome.



Literature on the Politics of Noise with Petal Samuel

Petal Samuel

Literary Scholar and Assistant Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Petal Samuel sits down to discuss her current research project.



2020 Johnson Prize Winner Betsy Olson

Elizabeth Olson, George Johnson Prize

Geography Professor Betsy Olson, recipient of the George Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow, discusses her career as a scholar and campus leader.



Studying BTS with Candace Epps Robertson

Assistant Professor Epps-Robertson discusses her work on a collaborative and open-sourced syllabus on the South Korean pop group BTS and their fandom known as ARMY.



Helga Davis: Artist-in-Residence, Carolina Performing Arts

Helga Davis

Helga Davis, musician, artist, Carolina Performing Arts artist in residence speaks with us on the life of an interdisciplinary artist. 



The History Of TransAfrica With Ron Williams

Assistant Professor Ron Williams (Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies) discusses his current book project on the advocacy organization TransAfrica.



Theater Of The Everyday And Marginalized With Jacqueline Lawton

Jacqueline Lawton

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Art Jacqueline Lawton joins us again to talk about the projects she is working on. How are her plays living on despite the pandemic? Listen to find out!



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