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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

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


Alison Gash, associate professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, discusses her work on LGBTQ civil rights and parenting rights. She talks about the role of the courts in addressing LGBTQ issues. Gash also discusses her book Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil Rights. Watch
Susan Siegfried and Alex Potts

Susan Siegfried
and Alex Potts, Art Historians from the University of Michigan, talk about each of their research interests. Siegfried gave a talk titled "The Cultural Politics of Fashion and the French Revolution of 1830" on May 2, 2017. Potts gave a talk titled "Temporality in Modern Sculpture" on May 4, 2017. They were guests of the UO's department of the History of Art and Architecture. Watch
Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner
, professor and dean of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA). 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 will replace AAA on July 1, 2017. 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
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


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


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
Greg Dotson

Greg Dotson
, assistant professor of Law at the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the faculty in fall 2016, Dotson was Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He discusses his 20 year career in D.C. and offers his thoughts on the Trump administration's actions to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and rules to curb climate change. Dotson teaches Climate Change Law and Policy. 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
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

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