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Discovery & Inspiration

By National Humanities Center

Discovery & Inspiration asks “What can we learn by talking to scholars about their research? What makes them so passionate about the subjects they study? What is it like to make a new discovery? To answer a confounding question?” For over 40 years the National Humanities Center has been a home away from home for scholars from around the world—historians and philosophers, scholars of literature and music and art and dozens of other fields. Join us as we sit down with scholars to discuss their work—to better understand the questions that intrigue and perplex them, the passion that drives them, and how their scholarship may change the ways we think about the world around us.

  1. 1.
    Ted Underwood, “Distant Horizons: Reading in the Age of Algorithms”08/26/2019
    7:57
  2. 2.
    Marie Hicks, “The Meta-Narrative of the Machine: Computing and Social Inequalities in Great Britain”08/26/2019
    19:10
  3. 3.
    Lisa Earl Castillo, “Recovering the Story of Casa Branca and Afro-Brazilian Identity”08/26/2019
    18:55
  4. 4.
    Joseph E. Taylor III, “Conservation Controversies: Public Lands in the American West”08/26/2019
    20:17
  5. 5.
    Matt ffytche, “Art From the Outside: Culture and Mental Illness in the Twentieth Century”08/26/2019
    16:52
  6. 6.
    Matthew Rubery, “Methodologies of Reading in a Neurodiverse World”08/26/2019
    14:50
  7. 7.
    Mia Fuller, “Monuments and Mussolini: Contested Landscapes of Memory”08/26/2019
    24:56
  8. 8.
    Peter Villella, “The Immediacy of Antiquity: Reconstructing Aztec Epic History”08/26/2019
    22:23
  1. 9.
    Andrea Brady, “Forms of Verse and Forms of Bondage: Theorizing the Constraints of Lyric Poetry”08/26/2019
    22:36
  2. 10.
    Meta DuEwa Jones, “Mapping Black Diasporic Memory: The Alchemy of Ekphrasis”08/26/2019
    22:20
  3. 11.
    Alka Patel, “Architectural Matrices: Uncovering the History of the Ghurid Dynasty”08/26/2019
    17:06
  4. 12.
    Robert Morrison, “Translating Shared Economies of Knowledge in the Renaissance”08/26/2019
    22:17
  5. 13.
    Matthew Smith, “Roots, Rock, Reggae: The Social & Political History of an Island’s Music”08/26/2019
    17:09
  6. 14.
    Rebecca Goetz, “Native Enslavement in the Caribbean”08/26/2019
    19:49
  7. 15.
    Harriet Ritvo, “Understanding the Animal, Understanding Ourselves”08/26/2019
    22:01
  8. 16.
    Joni Adamson, “Imagining Desirable Futures in the Midst of Ecological Crises”08/26/2019
    22:35
  9. 17.
    Audrey Anton, “The Philosophy of Vice”08/26/2019
    19:59
  10. 18.
    Gretchen Murphy, “How Federalist Women Shaped America”08/26/2019
    22:30
  11. 19.
    Katelyn Campbell, “Giving Value and Thought to the Imaginary”07/22/2019
    3:41
  12. 20.
    Matthew Sweet, “Nowhere Man in Lincoln, Nebraska”05/18/2019
    4:11
  13. 21.
    A Personal Perspective on Journalism in the 20th Century08/07/2018
    3:56
  14. 22.
    Julia Nguyen, “Statues and the Shapeshifting of History”08/03/2018
    3:39
  15. 23.
    Thérèse Cory, “Aquinas from Above and Below: Revisiting Ancient Conceptions of the Mind”07/18/2018
    14:44
  16. 24.
    Elizabeth Otto, “Bauhaus, Revisited: Complicating the Legacy of the German Art School”06/11/2018
    21:46
  17. 25.
    John H. Smith, “Infinity and Beyond: How One Concept Reshaped Our Understanding of the World”05/16/2018
    18:31
  18. 26.
    Mab Segrest, “A Metahistory of Suffering: Race, Lunacy, and Psychiatry in Milledgeville, Georgia”04/18/2018
    24:17
  19. 27.
    Laura Murphy, “Modern Slave Narratives”04/04/2018
    17:02
  20. 28.
    Hollis Robbins, “The Double-Voiced Form: The African American Sonnet Tradition”03/21/2018
    17:10
  21. 29.
    Stephanie Foote, “The Art of Waste: Garbage, Narrative, and the Environmental Humanities”03/07/2018
    19:07
  22. 30.
    Stephen G. Hall, “Exploring the Legacy of Black Historians”02/20/2018
    24:28
  23. 31.
    Wendy Griswold, “Place-Making: Regional Identity, Neuroaesthetics, and the Humanities”02/07/2018
    17:04
  24. 32.
    John McGowan, “From Comedy to Comity: How Comic Literature Can Guide Us Toward a More Civil Society”01/24/2018
    15:06
  25. 33.
    Nancy J. Hirschmann, “Bringing Back the Body: A Political Theory of Disability”01/10/2018
    15:29
  26. 34.
    Nancy Gardner and Patricia Matthew, “How to Teach English Literature and Writing in the Digital Age”12/13/2017
    14:32
  27. 35.
    Omar Ali and Andromeda Crowell, ”How to Integrate Humanities and STEM in the Classroom“11/28/2017
    9:37
  28. 36.
    Ben Wides and Warren Zanes, ”How to Think Like a Musicologist“11/15/2017
    15:13
  29. 37.
    Michael Burroughs and Allison Cohen, “How to Think Like a Philosopher in the Digital Age”11/01/2017
    14:58
  30. 38.
    Elizabeth Mulcahy &​ ​Molly Warsh, “How to Think​ ​and Teach About World History in the Digital Age”10/18/2017
    11:40
  31. 39.
    Teresa Assenzo and Morna O’Neill, “How to Think Like an Art Historian”10/05/2017
    18:52
  32. 40.
    ​Michael Fontaine and ​Skye ​Shirley, “How to Think Like a 21st Century Classicist”09/20/2017
    14:10
  33. 41.
    Edward Kinman and Megan Webster, “How to Think Like a Geographer”09/06/2017
    15:40
  34. 42.
    Daniel Palazzolo and Patrick Touart, “How to Think Like a Political Scientist”08/23/2017
    19:00
  35. 43.
    David Christian, "Big History: Between Nothing and Everything"06/20/2017
    21:54
  36. 44.
    Benjamin Kahan, “The Great Paradigm Shift: Locating Lost Models of Sexuality”06/07/2017
    11:24
  37. 45.
    Kate Marshall, "The Nonhuman Turn in American Literature"05/22/2017
    14:45
  38. 46.
    Blake Wilson, "Poetry and Music in Early Modern Italy"04/26/2017
    18:07
  39. 47.
    Douglas Campbell, "Assessing the Historical Accuracy of the Book of Acts"04/12/2017
    18:34
  40. 48.
    Erin Beeghly, "The Ethics and Epistemology of Stereotyping"03/28/2017
    11:47
  41. 49.
    Zsuzsanna Gulácsi, “Art and Religious Instruction in Late Ancient and Medieval Asia"03/14/2017
    15:49
  42. 50.
    Tatiana Seijas, "Indigenous Trade in the Early Modern Southwest and Mexico"02/15/2017
    14:06
  43. 51.
    Miguel La Serna, "The Rise and Fall of the Shining Path"02/01/2017
    11:52
  44. 52.
    Jakobi Williams, "The Black Panthers, Here and Abroad"01/03/2017
    16:13
  45. 53.
    Mary Floyd-Wilson, "Demonic Representation on the Shakespearean Stage"12/21/2016
    15:38
  46. 54.
    Chris Bunin, "Mapping the American Experience"11/23/2016
    13:59
  47. 55.
    Marlene Daut, "The Haitian Revolution in Literature"10/25/2016
    14:18
  48. 56.
    Laurent Dubois, "The Banjo: America's African Instrument"10/12/2016
    15:52
  49. 57.
    Kunal Parker, "The Long Struggle Over U.S. Immigration and Citizenship"09/27/2016
    9:58
  50. 58.
    Florence Dore, "Novel Sounds" part 209/14/2016
    10:52
  51. 59.
    Florence Dore, "Novel Sounds" part 108/31/2016
    14:53
  52. 60.
    John Corrigan, "The Spatial Humanities"08/15/2016
    11:44
  53. 61.
    John Corrigan, "Religious Toleration In America"03/19/2016
    5:44

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