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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

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

Kristin Yarris

Kristin Yarris is an assistant professor of International Studies and the director of the Global Health minor at the University of Oregon. She discusses her book Care Across Generations: Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families which examines the dynamics of care that result when Nicaraguan mothers migrate for work, leaving their own mothers responsible for their children. Yarris also talks about teaming up with UO English professor Mary Wood to teach an interdisciplinary course called "Mind, Madness, and Society: Schizophrenia Across Cultures and Genres." Finally, Yarris describes the new minor in Global Health which launched in Fall 2017. Watch

Curtis Austin

Curtis Austin is associate professor of History at the University of Oregon, and author of Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party. He joined the faculty in fall 2017 after six years at Ohio State University. Austin discusses the history of the Black Panther Party. Watch

Joshua Piker

Joshua Piker, professor of History at the College of William and Mary, discusses his research focus on the relationship between the Creek Indians and British colonists in South Carolina and Georgia in the early 18th century. Piker is also editor of William and Mary Quarterly, a journal of early American history and culture. Watch

Maria Hinojosa

Journalist Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR's Latino USA, and president and CEO of Futuro Media Group. Hinojosa discusses her career and the importance of journalism for a functioning democracy. She also talks about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the federal response to the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. As part of the 2017-18 "We the People" series the Oregon humanities Center presented "From the Front Lines: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa" on October 5, 2017. Watch

Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, discusses his life and career as an undocumented immigrant. He also talks about the work of his non-profit organization Define American. Vargas was in residence as the Morse Chair at the UO's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in conjunction with the Center's 2017-19 them of inquiry, "Borders, Migration, and Belonging." Watch

Laura PUlido

Laura Pulido, UO professor of Ethnic Studies and Geography, discusses her research interests in critical human geography, political activism and social movements, environmental justice, Chicanix Studies, and Los Angeles. She also talks about how the disciplines of Ethnic Studies and Geography intersect. A self-described scholar activist, Pulido co-authored A People's Guide to Los Angeles—a "radical guidebook." Watch

Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles and a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. Her first collection Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems was widely praised by critics and honored with the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. Lewis discusses her poetry and reads from the collection. On November 16, 2017 Lewis gave a reading from Voyage of the Sable Venus as a guest of the Creative Writing Program. Watch

James Harper and Paul Peppis in the gallery with Barberini tapestries

James Harper, associate professor in the UO Department of the History of Art and Architecture, discusses "The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome" exhibition. Harper, a specialist in 16th- and 17th-century Italian art, curated the exhibition. It is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through January 21st, 2018. Watch

Michael Schill

Michael Schill, president of the University of Oregon, speaks about the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact—detailing its importance to the UO, Eugene, and the State of Oregon. Schill explains how the establishment of the Knight Campus will lead to collaborative research among UO faculty and with colleagues at OHSU. Other topics discussed during the interview include: recent and imminent university leadership hires, the Institutional Hiring Plan, the Diversity Action Plan, free speech vs. safety on campus, the new Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Complaint and Response Policy, and the impact of the recent decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 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
Jayanth Banavar

Jayanth Banavar, Provost and Senior Vice-President, and professor of Physics at the University of Oregon. Topics Banavar discusses include his role as Provost, the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and the UO's Presidential Initiative on Data Science. Banavar also talks about his research examining the geometry and scaling of living organisms, as well as the geometry and physics of proteins. Watch


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