Foreword

Foreword

Conversations about how the Humanities can help us make sense of our rapidly changing world. Featuring Brock University researchers in history, English, modern languages, literature, ancient history, archaeology, game studies, technology, fine and performing arts, philosophy, Canadian studies, and more.

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May 15, 2024 85 mins

Welcome to a special mini series from the Podcast Learning Network! The Podcast Learning Network (PLN) hosted a series of expert discussion panels to explore different aspects of podcasting. This episode is a live recording of the January 19, 2024 discussion about building a podcast brand and online community. 

Our guest experts are:

Christine Caccipuoti is a historian (MA, Fordham University) who co-hosts and co-produces the podca...

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Welcome to a special mini series from the Podcast Learning Network! The Podcast Learning Network (PLN) hosted a series of expert discussion panels to explore different aspects of podcasting. This episode is a live recording of the October 19, 2023 discussion about doing interviews. 

Our guest experts are:

Cassidy Cash is a historical map illustrator and host of That Shakespeare Life, the #2 Shakespeare history podcast in the world....

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April 2, 2024 56 mins

In the spirit of Black History and African Heritage Month at Brock, Masters student Isabelle Hill and recent graduate Christabel Oghinan take the mic to explore what Black allyship looks like in research. They spoke with Dr. Andrea Doucet, Professor in Brock’s Department of Sociology and Canadian Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care, and recent PhD grad Dr. Sadie Goddard-Durant, Director of the Office of Equity Diversity & I...

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April 1, 2024 34 mins

Welcome to a special edition of Foreword! In the spirit of Black History and African Heritage Month at Brock, Masters student Isabelle Hill and recent graduate Christabel Oghinan take the mic to explore what Black allyship looks like in research. They spoke with Dr. Andrea Doucet, Professor in Brock’s Department of Sociology and Canadian Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care, and recent PhD grad Dr. Sadie Goddard-Durant, Director...

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Have you ever experienced a concussion? Or perhaps you know someone who has? Traumatic brain injury can cause issues with concentration, memory, balance, vision, speech, sleep, and mood. The symptoms are often invisible, can last anywhere from days to years, and can be difficult for others to comprehend.   

Mike Griffin, has worked with students to bring that experience to the stage in his recent production of “The Mysterious Mind ...

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Today’s episode comes from our vault, and it is one for fans of royalty. We recorded this conversation with fourth year history student Gavin Watson last spring. Gavin found himself writing a paper on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II when the Queen passed away in the fall of 2022. Gavin’s research examines the controversial choice to televise the coronation ceremony and the impact it had on the public in Britain and across the ...

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Have you ever wondered what you can do with an MA in a Humanities subject? Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak invited two Brock alumnae, Shaunna Hubert and Francesca Patten to talk about how they have used their MA degrees in their careers in an online panel. Shaunna and Francesca shared how their degrees led them into unexpected careers, challenges they met along the way, and the unique benefits of a Humanities MA.  

Shaunna Hubert used her MA...

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In today’s crossover episode between Foreword, The Tattooed Historian, and the Brown Homestead, PhD student John R. Heckman and history MA alumna Jess Linzel take us on an audio tour of St. Catharine’s oldest house and explore what it means to preserve and study local history.  

Jess Linzel (BA ’18, MA ’21) is a graduate of both the BA and MA programs in Brock’s Department of History. She has unrivalled passion for Niagara history,...

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Nick Cooper's music career has taken him around the world and back since he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2017. He joins us this episode to share where his music career has taken him and the joys and challenges he found along the way. 

 

Links

Nick Cooper Music (website)

@Nick_Cooper_Music (Instagram)

Nick Cooper on Spotify

 

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Thank you for listening to For...

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December 13, 2023 53 mins

How does the study of sport history help us understand our society? This episode we speak with historian Dr. Taylor McKee, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management, about how understanding sport helps us understand our society. We discuss his research on violence and masculinity in hockey and the long history of advocating for change in the sport. Dr. Taylor also shares his work on the use of sports like hockey in ...

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Welcome to series five! This series we will be continuing that eclectic mix of topics you’ve come to expect, but we’ll also be introducing some new episode formats as well. 

Our first episode this season is recorded on location in the Visual Arts gallery at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The gallery is a teaching exhibition space that support course work and creative work by Visual Art undergraduate stude...

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Join our guest Lesley Bell as we take a "Snow walk" through Mackenzie Chown Complex to discuss artist Michael Snow's 1972-1973 installation "Timed Images," the architecture of Raymond Moriyama and the murals by James Sutherland.

View the accompanying 1970s and current images on our special episode webpage Michael Snow Art Walk.

Links

Timed Images: Michael Snow, 1972. Documentary by Lesley Bell and Tracey Van Oosten, 2021.

A flock o...

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If you're a Brock student, employee, or even visitor, chances are you have tried to navigate Mackenzie Chown Complex at some point and possibly even gotten lost. But have you ever wondered why it is built the way it is, or wondered about the art work inside it? Today's guest, Lesley Bell, has, and she's done the research to find the answers. 

To mark the 50th anniversary of Canadian artist Michael Snow's 1972-1973 art installation ...

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Written texts, journal articles, and printed books are not the only way we create and share knowledge in the Humanities. The process of research creation brings together multiple disciplines to explore a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be human. This episode, we speak with artist and researcher Julie Gemuend, who shares how she is using research creation to explore what it means to be human in the Anthropocene ...

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What does the word "luxury" mean to you? In this episode of Foreword, we unpack the idea of what luxury is, how we can study it, and why studying it matters.

Dr. Jessica Clark, Associate Professor with the Department of History, and Dr. Nigel Lezama, Associate Professor of French with the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, talk about their recent joint publication "Canadian Critical Luxury Studies: Decenterin...

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Today we meet Dr. Lissa Paul, a researcher in children's literature, who has followed the story of 19th century writer and educator Eliza Fenwick from London to Barbados to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lissa shares who Eliza was and how researching Eliza's story lead her to stories of fugitive slaves and current efforts to decolonize the landscape by memorializing former enslaved people in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

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What is an archive? How do papers and books wind up in one? And how is technology changing the way we collect and use archival materials? David Sharron, Head of Archives and Special Collections here at Brock University is on hand with the answers!

In this episode, David shares the joy of archival research and some of the collection's highlights, including the Terry O'Malley collection (featuring branding for the famous 1972 hockey ...

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Today we're joined by Dr. Neta Gordon, Professor with the Department of English Language and Literature. We talk about her passion for teaching, particularly first year courses, and her recently published book, Bearers of Risk: Writing Masculinity in Contemporary English-Canadian Short Story Cycles (McGill-Queens, 2022). We talk about her work on author Ann-Marie MacDonald, the research and publishing process, graduate student rese...

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What was life like for children in ancient Rome? How did Romans think about the idea of family? And why should we bother studying Latin in the 21st century? Our guest this episode is Dr. Fanny Dolansky, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and Archaeology. She shares how she became interested in Roman history, her work on childhood and Roman religion, and how the pandemic has presented her with new avenues of researc...

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Today's episode deals with some of the heavier topics in the news cycle-- war, war crimes, terrorism, genocide, and the war in Ukraine. We speak with Dr. Gregor Kranjc, Associate Professor with the Department of History on his research into war and society and his courses on genocide, terrorism, and the Holocaust, as well as how to teach heavy topics and why studying history is important to countering conspiracy theories. We talk a...

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