Category: podcast

Heavy Meta #22: The Return of Michael Johnson

In this episode, Kelly and I are joined once again by Michael Johnson, who has another book out, because he’s just that impressive. This one is Can’t Stand Still, a biography of Taylor Gordon. If you’re like me and have no idea who Taylor Gordon was, you’ll find out more in the podcast, but (spoiler) I can let you know he was a famous African American spiritual singer in the 1920s. Check it out!

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Heavy Meta #21: Moral Contagion with Michael Schoeppner

In this episode, Kelly and I are joined by Michael Schoeppner, Assistant Professor of History at UMF, whose book Moral Contagion was just released by Cambridge University Press(!) It’s a fascinating look at a real problem in history I had no idea existed until this episode, and it’s got some very interesting implications for the present day. Check it out!

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Heavy Meta #20: The New Commons Project

Kelly and I are joined by Kristen Case and Stephen Grandchamp of the New Commons Project to talk about what the project is. You’ve heard me talk about the New Commons before, and I was really excited to have the two of them on the show to discuss all the awesome things they’ve been doing. This month the focus turns to the FEDCO Seed Catalog, and they’ll be screening a free showing of SEED tomorrow night on campus.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you should give the show a listen. If you already know all about it, then I guarantee you’ll find the podcast an interesting one anyway. (Plus, I got Kristen to commit on tape that she’ll bring the Coen Bros to Farmington if one of their works is a selection for the next round of New Commons works. Let the campaigning begin!)

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Heavy Meta #19: Jonathan Cohen, Nietzsche, and the Place of Philosophy

In today’s installment of my ongoing podcast, Professor Jonathan Cohen joins Kelly and me to discuss his work in the field of philosophy. He has a new book out (In Nietzsche’s Footsteps), and we talk about what went into the book, who Nietzsche was, and what the place of philosophy in today’s society is. As always, a great discussion, and worth a listen.

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Heavy Meta #18: Lori Soucie and “How to Decide What You Want To Be”

In this episode, Kelly and I sit down with Lori Soucie, who works with students with undeclared majors at the Center for Student Development. We talk about her work, “how did you decide what to be,” and pretty much everything in between. It was a great conversation, and I hope you give it a listen. All of us (hopefully) sooner or later end up in a career we’re happy with, but sometimes the path to that career can be rockier. How can you smooth it out? What are ways of approaching things differently if you just can’t seem to find something that fits?

Lori does a fantastic job helping students navigate this. Give the whole Center for Student Development a looksie. They’re great people doing great things for our students here at UMF.

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