Host Jonathan Judaken speaks with Stephen V. Ash, author of A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War. The Memphis Massacre took place 150 years ago this May.
Artist Mel Chin discusses his many projects, and helps to define conceptual art, a term with which many people feel they don't necessarily connect. In the catalog to the show, Rematch, a retrospective on his work, Miranda Lash writes, "Mel Chin
Tracing the past 100 years of interaction between Jews and Muslims in France, today the largest populations of these groups living outside of Israel, this book could not be more timely given the terror attacks in France this past year, first at
In November, Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng held public discussions of the 2015 Memphis Reads selection What is the What, a novel Eggers published in 2006 with the subtitle, The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. The book was a finali
Mike Davis helps explain how we might change the one billion people live in fetid conditions, including 80% of those urbanites in the underdeveloped world, according to the United Nations. Davis also discusses how mega-spectacles that we lov
The heart of Sven Beckert's new book, The Empire of Cotton is about how the history of cotton illuminates the history of capitalism and by extension the modern world. Beckert writes, "European trade in cotton textiles tied together Asia, the Am
Devra Lehmann's award-winning book, Spinoza: The Outcast Thinker, is aimed at young-adults, but provides insight on the life of this somewhat-less-known philosopher that a person of any age can enjoy and learn from.
Lisa Moses Leff on The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust. Seventy years after the Holocaust, we are still sorting through the wreckage wrought by the Nazi plunder of not only museums and art
Professor James Gelvin joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the Arab Uprisings, democratization in the Middle-East and Northern Africa, ISIS, al-Qaeda, terrorism, and America's role imposing neo-liberal economic policies in the Middle East th
Following the Civil War, Memphis emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment, after a period of turmoil. Preston Lauterbach joins host Jonathan Judaken for an in-depth discussion in advance of the launch of Lauterbach's l
Through a remarkable series of theoretical and observational breakthroughs, science has given a sharp insight into the universe's earliest moments and future. Author, professor, and theoretical physicist Dr. Brian Greene joins host Dr. Jonathan
Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People, and host Jonathan Judaken talk about race and whiteness, discussing how many ethnic groups now regarded as white were once excluded from mainstream American society as non-white.
A conversation with author James Le Sueur -- Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Algeria has been on the front lines of the major global shifts playing out in the Arab world, in Africa and beyond. After democratic elections appeared cert
Host Jonathan Judaken talks with distinguished professor Melvin Urofsky, author or editor of more than fifty books and over one hundred articles and the longtime editor of the Journal of Supreme Court History. Among his many and wide-ranging pu
Host Jonathan Judaken and author Alice Conklin discuss the thorny relationship between science, society, and empire at the high water mark of French imperialism and European fascism, as well as this neglected chapter in the international histor
Internationally renowned philosopher Judith Butler discusses the concept of binationalism in the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict, considering its different legacies in Jewish and Palestinian political struggles.
France today has the largest Jewish and Muslim populations living side by side outside of Israel. In her new book Muslims and Jews in France: History of Conflict, Maud Mandel, Director of the program in Judaic Studies at Brown University wants
Host Jonathan Judaken speaks with Dr. Darrin McMahon about his new book, Diving Fury: A History of Genius, discussing the link between "genius" in the ancient world to our modern celebration of birthdays through the festum geniale: the annual r
Robert Darnton, author of books, articles, and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard. Darnton joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the future of libraries, the printed press, and his projec
From her first book about the Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, Leora Batnitzky has been heralded as a rising star in contemporary Jewish thought and the philosophy of religion. Batnitzky is currently a professor of Jewish studies, as well a
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