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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

Margaret Redsteer

Margaret Hiza Redsteer is a research scientist focused on geology, landscape ecology, water quality, climate change and its impacts on Native American communities, and tracking these impacts using local and traditional knowledge. She discusses how climate change is impacting the Navajo Nation. Redsteer was a keynote speaker for the Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture on May 9th, 2018, the opening event of the Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands Symposium held at the UO May 9-11, 2018. Watch

Jason Josephson-Storm

Jason Josephson-Storm is Chair and Associate Professor of Religion at Williams College. He discusses his research interests in East Asian religions and philosophy; European intellectual history; and theories of religion, philosophy, and sociology. Josephson-Storm gave a talk based on his book The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of Human Sciences at the UO on May 3, 2018 as a guest of the Department of Religious Studies. Watch

Andre Dubuss III

Andre Dubus III, discusses how writing saved him from a violent and self-destructive path as a young man. He reads from his recent collection Dirty Love and talks about imagination and creativity. Dubus's forthcoming novel Gone So Long will be published in October 2018. He gave a reading at the UO on May 10, 2018 as a guest of the Creative Writing Program. Watch

Mary Jo Salter

Poet Mary Jo Salter discusses and reads from her latest collection The Surveyors. Salter is a coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry and a professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. On April 19th, 2018, Salter gave a reading as a guest of the UO's Creative Writing Program. Watch

Anna E. Brady

Anna Brady, a third-year law student at the University of Oregon, discusses her work with Utah Diné Bikéyah, a Native American organization that developed the proposal for the now-threatened Bears Ears National Monument. Watch

Sarah Wald

Sarah Wald, associate professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, discusses her book The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming Since the Dust Bowl. Wald also talks about the significance of the Environmental Humanities and Food Studies. She describes the "Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands" symposium, which will be held May 9-11, 2018 at the UO. Watch

Ann Curry

Award-winning journalist and photojournalist, Ann Curry, discusses her days as a student at the University of Oregon and her career. Curry also talks about her membership on the UO Board of Trustees and her new PBS series We'll Meet Again. Watch

Melissa Graboyes

Melissa Graboyes, assistant professor of History in the Clark Honors College, discusses her book The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940-2014. She also talks about the book she is currently coediting, Everyday Life on the African Continent: Fun, Leisure and Expressivity. In addition, Graboyes talks about the focus of the study abroad program for UO students in Zanzibar, Tanzania she organizes each summer. Graboyes will further her research next year as a 2018-19 OHC Faculty Research Fellow. Watch

Danielle Evans

Fiction writer Danielle Evans, winner of the 2011 National Book Foundation's 5 under 35 honor, discusses her writing and reads from her short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. The book won the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Evans talks about how she develops the voice and complexity of her characters. She gave a reading at the UO on April 12, 2018 as a guest of the English Department, with support from the Oregon Humanities Center's Coleman-Guitteau Professorship. Watch

Shoniqua Roach

Shoniqua Roach is an assistant professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon. Roach discusses her research interest in post-civil rights era black popular culture, especially the work of transgressive black female performers—Pam Grier in 1970s Blaxploitation films, and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. In addition, Roach talks about the black feminist speaker series she is organizing for the 2018–19 academic year. Watch

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Kimmerer discusses how indigenous wisdom has enlightened her science. She also shares the Anishinaabe creation story of Skywoman and the lessons the story teaches us about our relationship with the Earth. Watch

Joseph Lowndes

Joseph Lowndes, associate professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, discusses the history of the New Right and conservative populism. He also talks about the Trump presidency and the fiscal policies that are contributing to the disenfranchisement of white working class voters. Watch

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