Being Human aims to create conversations between the humanities and other disciplines -- conversations that let humanists and scholars in other fields learn from each other and create new forms of understanding as the 21st century unfolds.
info_outline Literature and the Effort of Being Human: An Interview with MLA President Simon Gikandi 11/01/2019
Literature and the Effort of Being Human: An Interview with MLA President Simon Gikandi An interview with Simon Gikandi, professor of English at Princeton University and President of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The interview focuses on Professor Gikandi's life and career, and the role that literature and art played for him growing up in a postcolonial setting. We also discuss the upcoming MLA conference, the theme of which is...Being Human!
info_outline Dreaming Ourselves Out of This: An Interview with Novelist Angie Cruz 10/04/2019
Dreaming Ourselves Out of This: An Interview with Novelist Angie Cruz An interview with Angie Cruz, Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the novel Dominicana (2019). The interview focuses on Professor Cruz's recent novel and her work editing the literary journal Aster(ix). Link to Aster(ix) here: asterixjournal.com/. The interview "Editing with Love and Openness is Activism" is available here: www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/ed…hat-angie-cru. The essay "What We Deserve" from the Paris Review is available here: www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/08/…t-we-deserve/.
info_outline You Can Only Be Exactly Where You Are: An Interview with Members of Theatre Nohgaku 09/13/2019
You Can Only Be Exactly Where You Are: An Interview with Members of Theatre Nohgaku An interview with David Crandall and Elizabeth Dowd of Theatre Nohgaku, an international performance ensemble whose members share a passion for noh theater and a conviction that it has profound power for audiences today. The interview took place on September 11, 2019, ahead of their upcoming performance of Gettysburg: An American Noh in Pittsburgh. For more information on the company, the performance, or noh theater in general, visit their website here: www.theatrenohgaku.org/.
info_outline Architecture, the Humanities, and the European Imagination: An Interview with Caspar Pearson 06/07/2019
Architecture, the Humanities, and the European Imagination: An Interview with Caspar Pearson An interview with Caspar Pearson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. The interview focuses on Professor Pearson's life and career, particularly his work on Alberti and contemporary European architecture.
info_outline Visual Possibilities of Worlds to Come: An Interview with Maria Loh 05/03/2019
Visual Possibilities of Worlds to Come: An Interview with Maria Loh An interview with Maria Loh, Professor of Art History at CUNY Hunter College. The interview focuses on Professor Loh's life and career, particularly her work on Titian and early modern painting. Her newest book is titled Titian's Touch: Art, Magic, and Philosophy.
info_outline Drone Poetics: An Interview with Andrea Brady 04/05/2019
Drone Poetics: An Interview with Andrea Brady A reading and interview with Andrea Brady, professor of poetry at Queen Mary University of London and fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. The interview was taped live at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh on February 27, 2019. It focuses on Professor Brady's recently completed poem The Blue Split Compartments as well as her writing on Drone Poetics. A sample of the poem she reads can be found here: www.manifold.group.shef.ac.uk/issue20/An…yBM20.html. The essay "Drone Poetics" was published in volume 89-90 (2017) of the journal "new formations."
info_outline Make America Historical Again: An Interview with Ed Ayers 03/01/2019
Make America Historical Again: An Interview with Ed Ayers An interview with Ed Ayers, Tucker-Boatright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond. The interview focuses on Professor Ayers' life and career, particularly his work with digital humanities and southern history. The "Everyone Their Own Historian" address that Professor Ayers references can be viewed here: www.edwardayers.com/presidential-address. Many of the other digital projects discussed in the interview can be found through Professor Ayers' website, here: www.edwardayers.com/.
info_outline The Trojan Horse of the Museum World: An Interview Steve Lyons of the Natural History Museum 02/01/2019
The Trojan Horse of the Museum World: An Interview Steve Lyons of the Natural History Museum An interview with Steve Lyons, director of research for the Natural History Museum. The interview focuses on NHM's work within the museum sector, particularly their attempts to change the politics of museum practice. More information on all of the exhibits and projects we discuss can be found on NHM's website, here: thenaturalhistorymuseum.org/. More information on the artist collective Not an Alternative is available here: notanalternative.org/.
info_outline Fiction, Exile, and Alternative Histories: An Interview with Nuruddin Farah 01/11/2019
Fiction, Exile, and Alternative Histories: An Interview with Nuruddin Farah An interview with Nuruddin Farah, novelist and winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Farah was in Pittsburgh for an editorial meeting of the journal boundary 2. Special thanks for Professor Paul Bové for helping arrange the interview.
info_outline We Have No Choice but to be Angry: An Interview with Kazuo Hara 12/07/2018
We Have No Choice but to be Angry: An Interview with Kazuo Hara An interview with Kazuo Hara, Japanese documentary filmmaker and winner of the first biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award. The interview focuses on Hara's nearly 50 years of documentary filmmaking and the social impact his films have had in Japan and worldwide. Special thanks to Charles Exley, professor of modern Japanese literature and film at Pitt, for translating and recording Hara's responses. And thanks as usual to Noah Livingston, humanities media fellow at Pitt, for his production work.
info_outline Don't Go Into the Cellar!: An Interview on Horror with Noël Carroll 11/02/2018
Don't Go Into the Cellar!: An Interview on Horror with Noël Carroll An interview with Noël Carroll, distinguished professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The interview focuses mostly on Professor Carroll's work on horror, particularly his 1990 book The Philosophy of Horror, or Paradoxes of the Heart. It was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead, which was filmed in Pittsburgh in 1968.
info_outline Environmental Institutions: Representing Nature in the Anthropocene 10/05/2018
Environmental Institutions: Representing Nature in the Anthropocene Highlights from a panel conversation on September 26, 2018 titled "Environmental Institutions: Representing Nature in the Anthropocene." The panel featured Reid Frazier (Energy Reporter, The Allegheny Front and StateImpact Pennsylvania), Nicole Heller (Curator of the Anthropocene, Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and Heather Houser (Associate Professor of English, University ofTexas-Austin). It was hosted by Dan Kubis (Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center). Reid, Heather, and Nicole were representing three different kinds of institutions: universities, museums, and the media. These institutions help us understand our relationship with the environment and define possibilities moving forward. But do they see these realities and possibilities in the same way? How might they work together to better formulate our current environmental realities or motivate future action? What can other institutions or perspectives add to the conversation? Our guests worked towards answering these questions as they shared their experiences working with environmental issues and the communities they affect.
info_outline Stories of Art and Science: An Interview with Lee Gutkind 09/07/2018
Stories of Art and Science: An Interview with Lee Gutkind An interview with Lee Gutkind, writer and founder of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction. The interview was conducted live at the University of Pittsburgh on July 20, 2018. It was part of the concluding event for Pitt's 2018 Summer Science Writing Workshop, organized by Lillian Chong. The event began with students from the workshop reading some of the science writing they had developed over the summer. You can read those works here: medium.com/lab-musings-summer-2018.
info_outline Performance and Resistance: An Interview with Robin Bernstein 07/06/2018
Performance and Resistance: An Interview with Robin Bernstein An interview with Robin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History at Harvard University. We were honored to have Professor Bernstein at Pitt to give the Humanities Center's 2018 Faculty Seminar. The interview focuses on Professor Bernstein's life and career, particularly her work on childhood and performance studies.
info_outline Slow Violence and a Repertoire of Selves: An Interview with Rob Nixon 06/01/2018
Slow Violence and a Repertoire of Selves: An Interview with Rob Nixon An interview with Rob Nixon, professor of English at Princeton University. The interview focuses on Professor Nixon's life and career, particularly his work in environmental criticism and public humanities. You can find his book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor here: www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674072343. The essay we discuss, How to Read a Bridge, can be found here: www.environmentandsociety.org/perspectiv…ead-bridge.
info_outline Punk Possibilities: An Interview with Judith Peraino 05/04/2018
Punk Possibilities: An Interview with Judith Peraino An interview with Judith Peraino, professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University. The interview focuses on Professor Peraino's life and career, particularly her work on connections between music and queer sexuality.
info_outline To Name Things is Intention to Make Things: An Interview with Rhodessa Jones 04/06/2018
To Name Things is Intention to Make Things: An Interview with Rhodessa Jones An interview with Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of the performance company Cultural Odyssey and creator of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. Rhodessa Jones was at Pitt for a month-long residency in February, 2018. During her residency, she worked with students to create a theatrical performance, offered performances of her own work, and gave lectures. The interview focuses on Rhodessa's life and career, particularly the social impact of her work.
info_outline Revolution as Preservation: An Interview with Fred Moten 03/02/2018
Revolution as Preservation: An Interview with Fred Moten An interview with Fred Moten, professor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. The interview focuses on Professor Moten's life and career, particularly his recent volume of criticism called "consent not to be a single being." The Nathaniel Mackey poem "Destination Out," which Moten references at the end of the conversation, is available here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/70124/destination-out.
info_outline The Art of Maps: An Interview with Anne Knowles 02/02/2018
The Art of Maps: An Interview with Anne Knowles An interview with Anne Knowles, McBride Professor of History at the University of Maine. The interview focuses on Professor Knowles's life and career, particularly her work with geographical information systems. Stay tuned for a link to the map we discuss at 31:15.
info_outline The Claim of Language: An Interview with Christopher Fynsk 01/12/2018
The Claim of Language: An Interview with Christopher Fynsk An interview with Christopher Fynsk, professor and dean of the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. The interview focuses on Professor Fynsk's life and career, particularly his 2004 book "The Claim of Language: A Case for the Humanities."
info_outline Writing and Communities: A Conversation with John Edgar Wideman 12/01/2017
Writing and Communities: A Conversation with John Edgar Wideman An interview with author John Edgar Wideman. The interview focuses on Wideman's life and career, particularly connections between his writing and the various communities of which he has been a part. The conversation also features Leon Ford, a social activist in Pittsburgh. Ford was shot by police in 2012 and is paralyzed as a result. He currently works for social justice in Pittsburgh, and has developed a relationship with Wideman based on their mutual investment in writing. For more on Leon's story see here: http://www.leonfordspeaks.com/.
info_outline Race, Justice, and What Philosophers Do: An Interview with Tommie Shelby 11/03/2017
Race, Justice, and What Philosophers Do: An Interview with Tommie Shelby An interview with Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University. The interview focuses on Dr. Shelby's life and career, particularly his work on race and justice.
info_outline Museums and the Ethics of Engagement: An Interview with Janet Marstine 10/30/2017
Museums and the Ethics of Engagement: An Interview with Janet Marstine An interview with Janet Marstine, Academic Director of the Art Museum and Gallery Studies program at the University of Leicester. The interview focuses on Dr. Marstine's life and career, particularly her work on museums and ethical practice. For information on Theaster Gates' piece "To Speculate Darkly," see here: www.chipstone.org/exhibitionframe.…peculate-Darkly/. Robert Fontenot's "Recycle LACMA": www.robertfontenot.com/new-page-1/. Ansuman Biswas's "Manchester Hermit": www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/…ticle/?id=4711.
info_outline The Role of Museums in the Age of Humans: An Interview with Eric Dorfman 09/02/2017
The Role of Museums in the Age of Humans: An Interview with Eric Dorfman An interview with Eric Dorfman, director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Dr. Dorfman's life and career, particularly the his thoughts on the roles that natural history museums can play in communities. The website for the conference we discuss at the end of the interview is here: 2017.icom-nathist.org/.
info_outline Using the Dead, Working for Peace: An Interview with Jay Aronson 08/06/2017
Using the Dead, Working for Peace: An Interview with Jay Aronson An interview with Jay Aronson, professor of science, technology, and society at Carnegie Mellon University. The interview focuses on Professor Aronson's life and career, particularly his recent book Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero.
info_outline Imprints, Episode 3 07/29/2017
Imprints, Episode 3 In the final episode of Imprints, media fellow Matt Moret interviews Julie Beaulieu, a lecturer in Pitt's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. The conversation focuses on the program's new major and ways that educational institutions can become more diverse, inclusive spaces.
info_outline Islamic Ways of Knowing: An Interview with Rudolph Ware 07/07/2017
Islamic Ways of Knowing: An Interview with Rudolph Ware An interview with Rudolph Ware, professor of history at the University of Michigan. The interview focuses on Professor Ware's life and career, particularly his recent book The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. The novel we discuss during the conversation is Ambiguous Adventure, by Cheikh Hamidou Kane.
info_outline Writing, Healing, and the Rhythm of a Body: An Interview with Rafael Campo 06/02/2017
Writing, Healing, and the Rhythm of a Body: An Interview with Rafael Campo Rafael Campo is an award-winning poet and professor of medicine at Harvard University. This interview focuses on Professor Campo's life and career, particularly his belief that poetry has an important role to play in providing effective medical care.
info_outline Imprints, episode 2 05/23/2017
Imprints, episode 2 In the second episode of Imprints, Humanities Media Fellow Matt Moret features a panel discussion titled "More Just Communities--From Stories to Action." The panel was part of the 2017 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, and featured Lindsay Houpt-Varner, director of Greater Carlisle Heart and Soul, Chris Ivey, documentary filmmaker and director of the East of Liberty series, and Jason Schupbach, who oversees placemaking partnerships with the NEA.
info_outline The Politics of Space: An Interview with Mabel Wilson 05/05/2017
The Politics of Space: An Interview with Mabel Wilson An interview with Mabel Wilson, architect, designer, and professor of architecture at Columbia University. The interview focuses on Professor Wilson's life and career, including her 2012 book "Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums." The website for Who Builds Your Architecture?, which we discuss in the interview, can be found here: whobuilds.org