Remixing the Humanities

Remixing the Humanities

Three career academics discuss the current and future role of humanities in higher education.

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July 28, 2020 55 min
On this episode, Geoff digs into academic social media and Twitter with Manu Chander and Gina (lastname). What purpose does Twitter serve for academics as a social outlet or a space for activism and the sharing of ideas? What are some ways that the “shorthand” of Twitter (GIFs, etc.) can help or hinder the rigor of academic conversation? How do Twitter and other forms of social media contribute to a form of communal “peer review” i...
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In this episode, Geoff talks with another group of collaborators from the Qualities of Mercy Project about how they felt about the process and the end results of the work they did with their students and The Merchant of Venice in production. What were some of the challenges of production/quality? What impact did the region/cultural milieu of the students have on the way they interpreted Shakespeare's ideas? Moreover, the guests...
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In our latest episode, Geoff talks with some of his co-participants in The Qualities of Mercy Project, an initiative among Shakespeare instructors who collaborated to bring The Merchant of Venice to college campuses nationwide and to discuss what "mercy" means in a regional sense. Our guests discuss the ways their students responded to the plays notions of forgiveness and mercy, ostracization, and racism/antisemitism in the...
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This week, Remixing the Humanities sits down for a brief chat with Colleen Kennedy, the publicist for Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theater Company and talks about the road from academia to the "alt-ac," or, as Colleen calls it, "IRL jobs." She talks about how she tailored her job materials for a position off the tenure-track, and how she feels graduate students and humanities programs could do a better job of p...
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Mary Rambaran-Olm and Adam Miyashiro are no strangers to discussions of race and racism in medieval and Anglo-Saxon studies. Within the past few years, they helped found the organization Medievalists of Color, which aims to create a space for scholars who find themselves marginalized in a field with pernicious strains of white supremacy and Euro-exceptionalism. Mary recently drew even more attention to the matter by publicly resign...
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Join us this week as Devori talks with Dr. Jenn Stewart, the director of composition and assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jenn tells Devori about her research with first-year composition courses and texts that focus on issues surrounding diversity. They talk about how important it is that humanities courses provide a necessary touchstone to diversity for college students, as well as what...
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On our first episode of our third season, we’re joined by Jason Farr and Travis Lau. Jason and Travis talk with us about disability/queer studies and how those areas of interest intersect with issues of embodiment. We also talk about how social media is a problematic but potentially fruitful space for public-facing engagement that moves us out of the ivory tower, and the value of collaborative work in the academy. Furthermore, we d...
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August 27, 2019 15 min
Hello, listeners!


We're back for season three of Remixing the Humanities! In this short preview episode, we tease some of our upcoming content, as well as solicit some more participants for both our "Remixing Teaching" and "Humanities from the Margins" series. If you're interested, or know someone who's really remixing humanities education in research in interesting ways, please send them our way! They ca...
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This time Geoff and Michael talk to Brooke Carlson of Chaminade University in Hawaii about what it means to teach in the margins. Talking about non-traditional student populations, what does it mean to adapt a more traditional humanities model to get at what we think is important? We talk about what it means to try to foster a lifetime love of learning, how to use time and digital tools to your benefit and creating a culture where ...
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Conferences can be scary for anyone. But they can be really scary for early career researchers and those who already feel marginalized in academia. Geoff talks with his colleagues Kathryn V. Santos, Nedda Mehdizadeh, and David Sterling Brown about their new initiative, SAAllies, to be launched at this year's meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. A program designed to connect established conference attendees with th...
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This week, we continue our "Academia from the Margins" series with JSA Lowe. Lowe speaks with us about her experience as a disabled faculty member/scholar. We also discuss what it means to be generous with students in response to accommodation requests, and how we can learn to be better allies by "speaking a turning word." CW: suicide, mental illness

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We're thrilled to be talking with the "Decolonize Your Syllabus" founder Yvette DeChavez! Yvette talks to us about her background as a Latinx student in academia, and how that impacted choices she made as an instructor when it came to de-centralizing whiteness in her curriculum. We also talk about the difference between "diversify" and "decolonize," how white faculty often pass the "empathy burden...
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This week, we continue our Remixing Teaching series with Ande Davis, who chats with us to shed light on the mystery that is contract grading. We talk about contract grading from the practical to the ideological, and what it can bring to the composition classroom and beyond.

Please look for us at humanitiesremix on Facebook and Twitter, and we can be reached via e-mail at humanitiesremix@gmail.com.

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In our first interview looking at remixing teaching, we get down and dirty talking about Shakespeare, podcasting, and grad school cohorts with the women behind the Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show (https://hurlyburlyshakespeareshow.com/). Join us talking to Jess and Aubrey about how making Shakespeare accessible is tailor-made for podcasting, and how their show makes the Bard fun for the masses!

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January 1, 2019 17 min
Join Geoff, Michael, and Devori for a super-short, super-informal, but informational episode as we look forward to the podcast's future in 2019! We discuss some exciting upcoming series of episodes, as well as other projects we've been busy with behind the scenes. Please remember to like, share, rate, review, subscribe - and reach out to us on Twitter/FB at humanitiesremix, and email at humanitiesremix@gmail.com.

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Given the recent spate of scandals in academia, Geoff, Devori, and Michael touch on what these things mean in connection to another academic trend: generosity. What does it mean to be a generous colleague and instructor? What damage do we do to our academic ethos and our colleagues when we act in ways that are less-than-generous?
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Geoff, Michael, and Devori solicited their listeners for their best bad grad school advice, and folks did not disappoint. In this episode, we discuss the dos and don'ts of graduate school - including to go or not to go?; self care; financials; publication; and everything in between.

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Geoff, Michael, and Devori chat with Dr. Sara Saylor about the crazy project that is the dissertation. What can you expect from this process in the ever-changing university? How should you get the help you need to continue and finish this important part of the process? What are some key elements that will make writing the dissertation as easy as possible?

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September 3, 2018 23 min
Join Geoff as he talks precarity and the alt-ac path with Dr. Nora Williams (@noraj_williams). She shares her thoughts about how her PhD prepared her for a life off the TT, and how she’s able to keep up with her own research agenda. She also talks about the struggles of wanting to keep active as a scholar when there is significant bias against those who aren’t traditionally “academic.” She also uses her POV from the alt-ac to s...
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August 20, 2018 45 min
In this episode, Michael, Geoff and Devori discuss the reality of precarity with their own stories about academia, as well as some listener submissions. What does it mean to be precarious? How does it impact you when precarity and identity are so closely commingled?
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