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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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Recent interviews

Richard York

Richard York
, professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. York is interested in how the structural characteristics of societies influence how resources are consumed and the amount of pollution emitted. He also looks at the connections between animals and societies. Watch


Sanjay Srivastava
, associate professor of Psychology, and director of the Personality and Social Dynamics Lab at the University of Oregon. Srivastava studies the dynamics
of personality in many social contexts, including among strangers, in couples, in small groups, and online. Watch
Brett Rushforth

Brett Rushforth
, assistant professor of History at the University of Oregon. He discusses his most recent book Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France, which explores slavery as practiced by Native Americans and French colonists. Watch
Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gupta founded and serves as Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free, live music to homeless and incarcerated men, women, and youth. He gave the OHC's 2016-17 Tzedek Lecture "The Citizen-Artist as Healer" on 2/9 and 2/10/17. Watch
Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis
, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. She discusses her research and curatorial work focused on African American photography. Watch
Sandow Birk and Paul Peppis in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk discusses his exhibition of "American Qur'an", in which he has transcribed and illustrated every verse of the Qur'an. The exhibition is on view through March 19, 2017 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Watch
Peter Alilunas

Peter Alilunas
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assistant professor of Media Studies in the UO School of Journalism and Communication, and faculty in the Cinema Studies program. He discusses his recently published book Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video. The book focuses on industrial and contextual issues surrounding the creation and regulation of adult video rather than questions of content and representation. Watch
David de Lorenzo

David de Lorenzo, Giustina Director of Special Collections and University Archives, discusses the treasures that can be found in UO Special Collections and Archives. He also talks about the challenges of managing the Collection and his vision for its future. Watch
Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan
is a writer, commentator, professor, and scholar of religions. He is the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. He discusses the relationship between religion and identity, as well as what gives rise to religious fundamentalism and extremism. Watch


Maria Fernanda Escallón
, assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She discusses her work examining the ethics of cultural heritage declarations and how the designations affect economic equality, territorial rights, and political power of Afro-descendants in Colombia and Brazil. Watch


David Conover
, Vice President for Research and Innovation and professor of Biology at the University of Oregon. He discusses the new Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and how research conducted at the university impacts Eugene/Springfield and Oregon as a whole. Conover also talks about his own research centered on the evolutionary biology of fish. Watch
Michael 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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