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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

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.

Mia Alvar

Filipino-American fiction writer Mia Alvar reads from her short story collection In the Country, and discusses her writing. Alvar gave a reading at the University of Oregon on February 22, 2018 as a guest of the Creative Writing program. 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

Keith Achepohl and Paul Peppis

Eugene artist Keith Achepohl and Jill Hartz, Executive Director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, discuss "Vision of Nature | Vessel of Beauty," an exhibition of work by Achepohl. Achepohl created the work with inspiration from his experiences at the Morris Graves Foundation Artist Residency, The Lake, in Loleta, California. Achepohl discusses his residency at The Lake and his intimate relationship with the flora in his work. "Vision of Nature | Vessel of Beauty" is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through April 29th, 2018. Watch

George Packer

George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. Packer describes the forces that have transformed American institutions and concentrated political power. He also talks about how the electorate feels abandoned by both political parties and harbors resentment toward intellectuals. Packer gave a lecture, "American Identity in the Age of Trump," at the University of Oregon in Eugene and in Portland on January 24th and 25th, 2018 as the Oregon Humanities Center's 2017-18 Kritikos Professor in the Humanities. Watch

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a poet, musician, and author. She is the Professor and Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Harjo discusses and reads her poetry. Her eight books of poetry include the recent Conflict Resolution for Holy BeingsHow We Became Human-New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001, and The Woman Who Fell From the Sky. Her memoir Crazy Brave, was published in 2012. On February 2nd, 2018 Harjo gave a poetry reading at the University of Oregon. Her visit to Eugene was in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read initiative. Watch

Danielle Knapp, Margaret Coe, and Paul Peppis

Artist Margaret Coe and McCosh Associate Curator Danielle Knapp discuss "Mark Clarke and Margaret Coe: Our Lives in Paint," a retrospective exhibition in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Eugene painters Margaret Coe and the late Mark Clarke shared a remarkable partnership in life and art. Coe talks about Clarke's approach to painting the Oregon landscape, as well as how her own work has evolved throughout her career. The exhibition is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through April 1st, 2018. Watch

Leslie Alexander

Leslie Alexander, associate professor of History at the University of Oregon, and author of African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861. Alexander discusses the challenges of identity and politics emancipated Blacks faced in antebellum New York. She also talks about the thriving Black settlement of Seneca Village. The village was destroyed in 1857, twenty-two years after its establishment, to make way for the development of Central Park. In addition, Alexander talks about her current research about the establishment of Haiti as a free Black republic and its symbolic power for Blacks in 19th-century America. 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

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

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

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

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