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Podcasts from Columbia University's The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, where we feature talks with professors about their recent work, publications, novels and more. Hear them read from their work, and also responses from other professors in their fields. We also feature The Trilling Tapes. In this podcast series, we mine the recorded archives--the Trilling Tapes--to uncover and contextualize more than forty years of exceptional critical thought.
 
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In early twentieth-century China, Chen Diexian (1879–1940) was a maverick entrepreneur—at once a prolific man of letters and captain of industry, a magazine editor and cosmetics magnate. He tinkered with chemistry in his private studio, used local cuttlefish to source magnesium carbonate, and published manufacturing tips in how-to columns. In a rap…
 
At a time when American political and cultural leaders asserted that the nation stood at “the center of world awareness,” thinkers and artists sought to understand and secure principles that lay at the center of things. From the onset of the Cold War in 1948 through 1963, they asked: What defined the essential character of “American culture”? Could…
 
In the tradition of women as the unsung keepers of history, Deborah Paredez’s second poetry collection tells her story as a Latina daughter of the Vietnam War. The title refers to the year 1970—the Year of the Metal Dog in the lunar calendar—which was the year of the author’s birth, the year her father prepared to deploy to Vietnam along with many …
 
Between the years 1964 and 1974, Ethiopian post-secondary students studying at home, in Europe, and in North America produced a number of journals where they explored the relationship between social theory and social change within the project of building a socialist Ethiopia. Ethiopia in Theory examines the literature of this student movement, toge…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America examines the dissolution of landscape painting in the late nineteenth-century United States. Maggie M. Cao explores the pictorial practices that challenged, mou…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.From a prizewinning economic historian, an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis (and its ten-year aftermath) as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world …
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.In this landmark theoretical investigation, Wael B. Hallaq reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism in order to deploy it for rethinking the foundations of the modern project. Refusing to isolate or scapegoa…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Walmart is the largest employer in the world. It encompasses nearly 1 percent of the entire American workforce—young adults, parents, formerly incarcerated people, retirees. Walmart also presents one possible future of…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Claudio Lomnitz's most recent book, Nuestra América, is an essay on the story of his maternal grandparents-- and to some degree the story of his father. It starts with a shipwreck, a story of language loss. A reflectio…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Calvo and Murillo consider the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. While parties advertise policies, they also deliver non-policy benefits in the form of competent economic management, co…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.You can't copyright facts, but is news a category unto itself? Without legal protection for the "ownership" of news, what incentive does a news organization have to invest in producing quality journalism that serves th…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Palestinian refugees’ experience of protracted displacement is among the lengthiest in history. In her breathtaking new book, Ilana Feldman explores this community’s engagement with humanitarian assistance over a seven…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Peace is a universal ideal, but its political life is a great paradox: "peace" is the opposite of war, but it also enables war. If peace is the elimination of war, then what does it mean to wage war for the sake of pea…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.In recent political debates there has been a significant change in the valence of the word “experts” from a superlative to a near pejorative, typically accompanied by a recitation of experts’ many failures and misdeeds…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.What is musical time? Where is it manifested? How does it enter into our experience, and how do we capture it in our analyses? A compelling approach among works on temporality, phenomenology, and the ecologies of the n…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.How do literature and other cultural forms shape how we imagine the planet, for better or worse? In this rich, original, and long awaited book, Jennifer Wenzel tackles the formal innovations, rhetorical appeals, and so…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.When the war broke out, Union soldiers assumed Confederate women would be innocent noncombatants. Experience soon challenged this simplistic belief. Through a trio of dramatic stories, Stephanie McCurry reveals the vit…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.From clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools, classroom photographs of…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.In Inventing Tomorrow, Sarah Cole provides a definitive account of Wells’s work and ideas. She contends that Wells casts new light on modernism and its values: on topics from warfare to science to time, his work resona…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Shadows of Doubt reveals how deeply stereotypes distort our interactions, shape crime, and deform the criminal justice system. If you’re a robber, how do you choose your victims? As a police officer, how afraid are you…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.In The Perils of the One, Stathis Gourgouris offers a philosophical anthropology that confronts the legacy of “monarchical thinking”: the desire to subjugate oneself to unitary principles and structures, whether politi…
 
New Books at SOF/Heyman: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.The new science of paternity, with methods such as blood typing, fingerprinting, and facial analysis, would bring clarity to the conundrum of fatherhood—or so it appeared. Suddenly, it would be possible to establish fa…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors."To teach correct Latin and to explain the poets" were the two standard duties of Roman teachers. Not only was a command of literary Latin a prerequisite for political and social advancement, but a sense of Lati…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Almost fifty years ago, Jean-Louis Comolli and Jean Narboni published the manifesto “Cinema/Ideology/Criticism,” helping to set the agenda for a generation of film theory that used cinema as a means of critiquin…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.An anonymous book appeared in Venice in 1547 titled L'Alcorano di Macometto, and, according to the title page, it contained "the doctrine, life, customs, and laws [of Mohammed] . . . newly translated from Arabic…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean investigates the long process of transition from a world of empires to a world of nation-states by narrating the biographies of a group of people who were born withi…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Shahnameh: The Persian Epic as World LiteratureBy: Hamid DabashiThe Shahnameh, an epic poem recounting the foundation of Iran across mythical, heroic, and historical ages, is the beating heart of Persian lit…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Shari'a Scripts: A Historical AnthropologyBy: Brinkley MessickA case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, Sharīʿa Scripts is a w…
 
In the first episode of "The Trilling Tapes," the scholar Lauren Berlant talks live about her new project: an analysis about the affect of humorlessness in politics. Featuring the scholar Bruce Robbins as a guest interlocutor and host Olivia Rutigliano.The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University is home to the…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Oxford History of Life Writing: Volume 2. Early ModernBy: Alan StewartThe Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 2. Early Modern explores life-writing in England between 1500 and 1700, and argues that this w…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundi…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Mandarin Brazil; Race, Representation, and MemoryBy: Ana Paulina LeeIn Mandarin Brazil, Ana Paulina Lee explores the centrality of Chinese exclusion to the Brazilian nation-building project, tracing the role of …
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.A special edition of our series, hear the full event featuring Cory Doctorow from September 2018. Cory Doctorow and Dennis Tenen, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, have a conversation ab…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western TraditionBy: Souleymane Bachir DiagneWhat does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? In Open to Reason, Souleymane …
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture: Text, Presence, and Imperial Knowledge in the Noctes AtticaeBy: Joseph HowleyLong a source for quotations, fragments, and factoids, the Noctes Atticae of Aulus Gellius of…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Art of Love PoetryBy: Erik Gray-The first volume to offer an integral theory of love poetry that explores why poetry is consistently associated with romantic love-Offers close readings of numerous love poems…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman BritainBy: Caitlin GillespieIn AD 60/61, Rome almost lost the province of Britain to a woman. Boudica, wife of the client king Prasutagus, fomented a rebellion that proved catastr…
 
New Books at the Heyman Center: a podcast featuring audio from events at Columbia University, and interviews with the speakers and authors.Living in the shadow of death may enhance the gift of life.In 2006, Taylor (Religion/Columbia Univ.; Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left, 2014, etc.) developed an infection after a biops…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variabilityby: Jack HalberstamIn the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. Howeve…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apartby: Andreas WimmerWhy is national integration achieved in some diverse countries, while others are…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Reading Jane Austenby Jenny DavidsonWhether you're new to Austen's work or know it backwards and forwards already, this book provides a clear, full and highly engaging acc…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Plain Text: The Poetics of Computationby Dennis TenenThis book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers—from elect…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Beneficiaryby Bruce RobbinsFrom iPhones and clothing to jewelry and food, the products those of us in the developed world consume and enjoy exist only through the labo…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Mediterranean Incarnateby Naor Ben-Yehoyada In The Mediterranean Incarnate, anthropologist Naor Ben-Yehoyada takes us aboard the Naumachos for a thirty-seven-day voyag…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranksby Irina Reyfman​In the eighteenth century, as modern forms of literature began to emerge in Russia,…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Plotsby Liza KnappWith its complex structure, Anna Karenina places special demands on readers who must follow multiple plo…
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.The Seasons Alterby Philip Kitcher and Evelyn Fox KellerA landmark work of environmental philosophy that seeks to transform the debate about climate change.As the icecaps …
 
New Books in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University: a podcast featuring audio from the New Books Series at Columbia University and interviews with the speakers and authors.Europe’s Functional Constitution: A Theory of Constitutionalism beyond the State by Turkuler IsikselConstitutionalism has become a byword for legitimate government, but is…
 
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