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.
In this episode, we take a look back at some of Clay and Philip‘s favorite interviews of the year, including Rev. William J. Barber II, Mai Nguyen (City and Regional Planning), Sam Amago (Romance Studies) and the winners of the IAH Honors Collaboration Grant.
T Bone Burnett is an Oscar-winning music producer, musician, and songwriter. As the producer of the soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, he renewed interest in American roots music. He received a Grammy Award for that album, for the soundtracks Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2006), Crazy Heart (2010), and for Raising Sand (2007). He shares his earliest memories of music and insight on current projects. He also talks about the process of his many music collaborations as well as his views on analog and digital technologies in music production.
Mai Nguyen, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of City and Regional Planning, discusses the Dec. 8 multimedia event, “In the Shadow of Ferguson.” The multimedia performance tells the history of the St. Louis suburb from the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson through the recent police shooting of Michael Brown. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is sponsoring “Shadow” through its Arts and Social Justice Grant. Nguyen is also the New Faculty Program (NFP) Director at the Institute. She announces an NFP Collaboration Grant.
IAH Faculty Fellow and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction Stephanie Elizondo Griest discusses her latest book, All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the Borderlands and how the fellowship helped her complete the book. She also talks about the amazing gift of time a fellowship affords faculty who devote so much time to students.
Faculty Fellow Enrique Neblett discusses his clinical psychology research on racism and health, especially the effects on African-American youth. He also talks about the work of growing funding during his research leave, as well as the books and teaching moments that inspire him.
We discuss previous conversations on leadership from the faculty fellows of the IAH’s Academic Leadership Program (ALP), including Peter Mucha, Tanya Shields, Morgan Pitelka, and Terry Rhodes. Applications for the ALP are due Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.
History Professor Kathleen DuVal And UNC alumnae Elizabeth Carbone, Class of 2017, discuss their work as recipients of the IAH Honors Carolina Collaboration Grant. The award is given to pairings of IAH fellows and Honors Carolina students working together on humanistic research.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He delivers the 2017 Weil Lecture on American citizenship on Oct. 11, 2017 on campus at Hill Hall. Barber discusses voter rights and the Forward Together Moral Movement (Moral Monday’s protest) in Raleigh and the history of citizenship in North Carolina and the nation following the Civil War.
Sam Amago is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Romance Studies Department. He discusses metafiction and Spanish film, particularly that of Pedro Almodovar, whose body of work leads to an examination of garbage and its cultural representations in 20th century Spain.
IAH Director and Music Professor Mark Katz discusses his book about music technology and his progress on his second book about hip hop diplomacy, which “helps create communities and bring people together.” Having recently returned from research leave, he also discusses the crucial impact of faculty taking time off from teaching at a research university.
Jennifer Gates-Foster conducts research primarily in the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. She discusses her archaeological dig in Israel over the summer. She also talks about a book that helped her understand the complexity of her home state of Mississippi.
Nelson Schwab III (’67) discusses his days at Carolina and why it is so important to support faculty for the university’s continued success. “IAH Founder Ruel Tyson’s vision was to create something that would support and foster really good professors… The better prepared, the better trained, the happier the professors are here, the better off the experience will be for the students. It creates a great learning environment. I just thought that made sense.”
Peter Mucha is a Professor of Mathematics and Applied Physical Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and new Director of the IAH’s Chairs Leadership program. Professor Mucha discusses the circumstances that led to his career as a mathematics scholar, from journeying through interdisciplinary fields in his university education to becoming a post-doctoral instructor in Mathematics.
Communications Specialist M. Clay and Coordinator for Faculty Programs Philip Hollingsworth share highlights from their favorite podcasts.
Morgan Pitelka’s parents had a big influence in his scholarship. his father was a potter so he became interested in
He discusses his love of Japanese film, particularly, the work of Hidden Fortress was the inspiration for Star Wars.