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IU Themester

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In this episode, Dr. Jessica O’Reilly analyzes the cross-sectionality of global health and environmental functions. This analysis includes observations of how distinct cultures and religions approach resilience in separate ways using their own
In this episode, Dr. Betsi Grabe discusses how the increasing investment and consolidataion by major news corporations has forced journalism into a more business-style structure while at the same time the flow of information has exploded— requi
In this episode of the Themester 2021 podcast exploring RESILIENCE, Dr. Betsi Grabe expounds upon her scholarship on people's perception of news media and how it is packaged for the public. Grabe then shifts to how the new digital age has impac
In this episode, Dr. Jakobi Williams of Indiana University's Departments of History and African American and African Diaspora Studies explains the history of the Black Power Movement and how the Black Panther Party has influenced modern politi
In this episode, Dr. Heather Reynolds of the IU Department of Biology shares her thoughts on what a sustainable infrastructure would look like in our society. Reynolds explains this paradigm shift through the importance of community participato
Professor Michael Hamburger (Indiana University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) discusses what natural disasters are and how they are impacted by climate change.
Indiana University professors Wendy Gamber (History), Lauren MacLean (Political Science), Lisa-Maria Napoli (Political and Civic Engagement), and Stephanie Sanders (Gender Studies) reflect on a semester of co-teaching a Themester course titled
In this episode, IU Religious Studies Professor Dr. Jay Kameron discusses the origins and development of the racial imaginary that lays ground for white supremacy. Carter explains how whiteness operates as religion.
Dr. Hussein Banai, a professor in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, discusses democratic backsliding and erosion as well as the rise of nationalism and polarization. In this episode, Dr. Banai
Dr. Ben Robinson, associate professor of Germanic Studies, discusses the emergence of capitalism as the mode of production and questions its continued utility. In considering the driving forces of society under capitalism, the state and the mar
Dr Freya Thimsen, a professor in the English department at Indiana University, discusses how rhetoric can be used to create change. In this episode Dr. Thimsen asks us to consider the impact of social media. Can it used to mobilize the masses o
Myths of Protecting and Serving by College of Arts + Sciences
In part one of a two-part conversation, Dr. Rasul Mowatt (Indiana University) discusses the eleven forms of racial violence on a continuum, from what is intolerable to what is impossible to conceive.
Liz Shea, director of the Contemporary Dance Program here at Indiana University, discusses somatic dance and how to use dance to train memory. This is an episode from the Remembering and Forgetting Podcast series presented by Themester and the
Dr. Cara Wellman studies stress. On this episode she discusses the effect stress has on memory and the brain and tips dealing with stress. This is an episode from the Remembering and Forgetting Podcast series.
Historian Dr. Mark Roseman discusses his extensive research on the Holocaust and other genocides. He explains that tragedies like this are more relevant today than many of us might like to admit. This is an episode from the Remembering and Forg
Dr. Rich Shiffrin, head of Indiana University's Memory and Perception Laboratory speaks about his storied career and what questions remain about our own brains. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of them. This is an episode from the Remembering and F
Historian Dr. Alex Lichtenstein discusses what parts of history we remember, why, and the importance of asking about the past. This is an episode from the Remembering and Forgetting Podcast series presented by Themester and the College of Arts
Dr. Robert Dobler talks about the myriad ways that we grieve. He describes how we can see shrines and altars all around us from vinyl records to Facebook posts. This is an episode from the Remembering and Forgetting Podcast series presented by
Dr. Jeanne Sept takes us on a journey from animal to human. Dr. Sept, a professor in the Anthropology department, looks at our evolution from our earliest hominid ancestors to modern-day humans. By examining our past, she takes us on a journey
Dr. Ivan Kreilkamp studies pets. As a professor in the English Department, he researches animal representation in Victorian-era literature, with a special focus on the domestication of dogs and other pets. He also studies the earliest days of t
Dr. Michael Wasserman wants you to know that you are what you eat. As a researcher in the Anthropology Department, he studies how hominid’s diets influence their behavior and change throughout the millennia. He looks at the diets of gorillas an
Dr. Jonathan Crystal wants to know how rats think. Dr. Crystal is a professor in the Department of psychological and Brain Sciences, and he studies how rats think and learn and how they’re affected by degenerative neurological diseases. He hope
Dr. Stephanie Kane studies water. As a professor in the School of Global and International studies, she researches how humans interact with waterways and flooding and how they shape the development of our living spaces and economies. This semes
Dr. Brandon Barker wants to know why we distrust snakes. As a folklorist and professor in the Folklore Department, Dr. Barker examines the myths we build around animals and why we attach humanistic characteristics to them. He also looks at how
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