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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

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
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


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
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


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
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
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
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
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
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
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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