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UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s half-hour television interview program, provides a glimpse into the heart of the University of Oregon. Each episode offers viewers a conversation with UO faculty and administrators as well as visiting scholars, authors, and artists whose groundbreaking work is shaping our world.

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New York Times best-selling author Laurie Notaro talks about her latest novel Crossing the Horizon. The historic fiction book portrays the lives of three aviatrixes—Elisie Mackay, Ruth Elder, and Mabel Boll. They each attempted to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane in 1927. Watch
Daisy-O'lice Williams

Daisy-O'lice Williams
, associate professor of Architecture, discusses her research on Architecture programs at historically black colleges and universities, the work of architect Paul Revere Williams, and a project called Freedom's Fortress which visualizes spaces associated with the Contraband Decision during the Civil War at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. Watch


Sarah Deer
, professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. Deer discusses her work at the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights, and her book The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America. On June 9, 2017 Deer gave a talk at the UO's Many Nations Longhouse titled "The Non-Fiction Version of The Round House: A History of Sexual Violence in Indian Country." The university's 2017-18 Common Reading is Louise Erdrich's novel The Round House. Watch
Christopher Chávez

Christopher Chávez
, associate professor of Advertising and Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He discusses the evolution of Latino media driven by changing demographics and economics. Chávez also talks about his research on the programming and funding of public media such as NPR and PBS. His monograph is titled Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer: Language, Ideology, and Practice. Watch
Peter Onuf and Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed
, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and Peter Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor (emeritus) at the University of Virginia. The two scholars of Thomas Jefferson discuss his complex private life centered at his plantation in Virginia. They consider Jefferson's role as a slave holder while he espoused opposing views on slavery as an institution. Gordon-Reed won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemmingses of Monticello: An American Family. They gave a talk "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination" on April 21, 2017 as the 2016-17 O'Fallon Lecturers in Law and American Culture. Watch
Drew Nobile

Drew Nobile
, assistant professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon, discusses his research on issues of form and harmony in classic rock music. He demonstrates several examples of chord progressions that are utilized by various genres of pop and rock songs. Nobile was an OHC Faculty Research Fellow during Fall 2016 when he worked on his book Form as Harmony in Rock Music. Watch


Erin Moore
, associate professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program. Moore's professional practice, research, and teaching explore architecture in the context of environmental ethics, fossil fuel consumption, carbon sequestration, and climate change. Moore contributed to the UN's first "Experts' Summary Report on Harmony with Nature Addressing Earth Jurisprudence" which was presented to the UN's Division for Sustainable Development in 2016. Watch
Jill Ann Harrison

Jill Ann Harrison
, assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon, discusses her ethnographic work examining the effects of globalization on the shrimp industry in Louisiana. Her focus is on the cultural importance of the fishery to the people of the Bayou. Harrison also talks about the revitalization occurring in some post-industrial cities in the American Rust Belt. Watch
Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner
, professor and dean of the UO College of Design. Lindner discusses his scholarship on urbanism and culture. He talks about his monograph Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism, and the Visual Arts 1890-1940 and his forthcoming volume Deconstructing the High Line: Post-industrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park. Lindner also discusses the vision, structure, and aspirations of the development of the College of Design which replaced AAA on July 1, 2017. Watch
Nicholae Morar and John Holmes

Nicolae Morar
, assistant professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies; and John Holmes, Director of Ethics for PeaceHealth Oregon and adjunct instructor of Philosophy. They discuss teaching "Clinical Ethics" at the University of Oregon during winter 2017. The class examines theoretical ethical problems that arise in medical care. Half of the class is held at Sacred Heart Hospital at River Bend where students explore the practical application of ethics in a health care setting. Morar developed the class with support from the OHC's Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities. Watch
Lucy Jones

Seismologist Lucy Jones recently completed 33 years of service with the U.S. Geological Survey. Jones founded the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. Jones also developed the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. She gave a talk titled "The Fault Lies Not in Our Stars: Why Natural Disasters Become Human Catastrophes" on March 9, 2017 as the 2016-17 Clark Lecturer in the Humanities. Watch
Mike Copperman

Michael Copperman
, senior instructor of English, teaches writing to low-income, first generation students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon. He discusses his memoir, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, which was published in September 2016. The book details Copperman's experience as a member of Teach for America in a rural black public school.Watch
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