A Colgate University Podcast

Thirteen is a bi-weekly podcast where one Colgate University community member answers 13 questions about their work. Topics vary widely, with episodes that touch on ancient history, global politics, sociology and anthropology, literature, science, the arts, and more.

All Episodes

Join Colgate's AVP of Counseling and Psychological Services Dawn LaFrance as she shares what the University does to support the mental health of students on campus. Learn about the various support groups, therapy sessions, and unique initiatives now in place, and find out more about how students can access these services in this all-new episode of 13.

Nov 29

35 min 36 sec

Join Colgate Admission Officers Brittney Dorow and Mari Prauer as they answer common student questions about applying to colleges. Learn the basics about financial aid, how to narrow down a college search, and find out how schools evaluate applications when they are test-optional in this all-new episode of 13.

Nov 15

39 min 41 sec

Join the co-directors of Colgate's Center for Freedom and Western Civilization as they discuss the genesis of the group, its mission, and past speakers that they have brought to campus in this new episode of 13.

Nov 5

54 min 34 sec

Ride along with the Russian mafia as Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies Nancy Ries shares her experiences conducting anthropological research in Russia; the rise of Thugocracy, and the cultural importance of potatoes, in this all-new episode of 13.

Oct 19

1 hr 5 min

Join Colgate Director of Off-Campus Study Joanna Holvey-Bowles and Associate Professor of Geology Martin Wong for an in-depth discussion about Colgate's off-campus study offerings; why it is important to learn outside of your comfort zone, and how the pandemic impacted the University's long-standing programs abroad in this all-new episode of 13.

Oct 4

47 min 46 sec

Learn about biomass as the primary heat source for the University, and how burning locally sourced wood chips helped reduce Colgate's carbon footprint on its pathway to carbon neutrality in 2019.

Sep 20

59 min 26 sec

Learn about Colgate’s famous Living Writers program in this special episode of 13 with Professors Jennifer Brice and Ryan Hall.

Sep 6

28 min 4 sec

Welcome back to an all new season of 13, the bi-weekly podcast where Colgate University community members answer 13 questions about their work. This first episode of the season with Dean of Students Dorsey Spencer Jr. and Director of Residential Life Danielle Nied discusses Arrival Day 2021, student support at Colgate, the philosophy of residential life on a liberal-arts campus, and advice for new students and their families.

Aug 20

55 min 46 sec

Join Chief of Staff to the President Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar as she explains how the Colgate Board of Trustees works, planning a Commencement during a pandemic, and how one lucky lottery ticket changed the course of her life in this all-new episode of 13. This will be the last podcast of the spring semester. We will return in August with a new season for the fall.

May 21

46 min 47 sec

Join Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience F. Scott Kraly as he shares some of his more than 20 years of research into how the human brain regulates eating and drinking, and how psychiatric medications have changed through the years, in this all new episode of 13.

May 5

44 min 14 sec

Join Colgate's Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services Kerra Hunter in this all new episode of 13. Hunter works to support Colgate's international student population which currently hails from 44 countries around the world. Hunter discusses the visa requirements for international students, and the ways the University works to make their transition to studying in the United States as seamless as possible.

Apr 20

45 min

Join Colgate Assistant Professor of Geology Joe Levy as he talks about his work with NASA to learn more about Mars, the ancient history of glaciers on the red planet, and how a major National Science Foundation grant is helping to train student drone pilots on this all new episode of 13.

Apr 7

45 min 11 sec

Join Vice President and Director of Athletics Nicki Moore as she talks about the University's return to competition during the pandemic, memorable game moments, and the drive to build an even stronger inclusive community of excellence on this all new episode of 13.

Mar 23

41 min 13 sec

Join Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies Ken Valente, and Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Professor Sarah Keen, as they discuss a multi-year digital history project focused on the legacy of LGBTQ students and activism at Colgate. This episode includes voices from the digital history project along with students involved in collecting the oral histories. Assistant Professor of LGBTQ Studies Paul Humphrey also joins the show to discuss how he plans to use the work in one of his courses this semester.

Mar 10

1 hr

Join Alumnus Dan Benton ’80, H’10, P’10 and Professors Leseligh Cushing and Mary Simonson as they discuss Benton's recent $25 million gift to Colgate and what it means for the future of innovation on this liberal arts campus.

Feb 25

37 min 43 sec

Civil war has erupted in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and most of the world is in the dark about what is happening thanks to a communications blackout in the country. Join Associate Professor of Biology Endga Hagos, who grew up in the Tigray region and still has family there today, to learn more about this ongoing conflict and the humanitarian crisis being left in its wake. Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of Women's Studies Susan Thomson also joins the episode to help provide historical background and current geopolitical context to the ongoing situation.

Feb 8

1 hr 3 min

Colgate University’s Vice President of Communications Laura Jack talks about communicating during a pandemic, building brand consistency within different targeted audiences, and the unique opportunities working at a liberal arts university provides.

Jan 28

28 min 17 sec

In 2021’s first episode of 13, Professor of Psychology Carrie Keating shares her insight on the physiology of leadership, how she came to study nonverbal communication and assessing charisma, the impact of society’s move to more remote, and how the balance between reward and punishment are used to form strong social bonds.

Jan 11

50 min 8 sec

Join Professor of Political Science Robert Kraynak as he shares insight into his latest research about Thomas Aquinas's idea of natural law (a higher moral law for politics) and its development by later Thomists (dubbed neo-Thomists), in this all new special episode of 13.

Dec 2020

28 min 6 sec

Join the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies Ellen Percy Kraly as she shares insight into her research related to global forced migration, refugees in the United States, and the history of a major art repatriation effort at Colgate in this all new episode of 13.

Nov 2020

1 hr 26 min

Join Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies Chris Henke as he shares his research into the development of California as a food production powerhouse, the social influence of infrastructure on society, and discover his favorite recipe (included in the show notes), on this all new episode of 13.

Nov 2020

53 min 8 sec

Colgate political science faculty members gather for a round table discussion of what happened on Election Day, 2020. Professor Michael Hayes, and Assistant Professors Sam Rosenfeld and Matt Luttig share their insights into the disparities between election-night results and national polls, a divided Congress, and the future of the Republican and Democratic parties in this all new special episode of 13.

Nov 2020

49 min 47 sec

Join Colgate University Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Ynesse Abdul-Malak and Syracuse University Professor of Sociology Madonna Harrington Meyer, as they discuss their research related to grandparents caring for grandchildren with disabilities in this all new episode of 13.

Oct 2020

35 min 13 sec

Join Colgate’s Associate Vice President for Campus Safety, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health and Safety Dan Gough as he talks about the University’s response to COVID-19, how Colgate operates during emergency situations, and more in this all new episode of 13.

Oct 2020

33 min 24 sec

Join Professor Tomlinson as she discusses details about a new paper she co-authored about the psychology of aging, titled “Growing Into Retirement: Longitudinal Evidence for the Importance of Partner Support for Self-Expansion,” on an all new special episode of 13.

Sep 2020

16 min 54 sec

Assistant Professor of Biology Ana Jimenez studies the reasons why most small dogs tend to outlive their larger counterparts, and she also works to understand the impacts of climate change on songbirds. Dig deeper into the biology behind these questions in this new episode of 13.

Sep 2020

29 min 52 sec

Join us for an all new special episode of 13 in which Associate Professor of Sociology Alicia Simmons shares news of a new endeavor to create online course content for a broad audience titled, Sociology 101: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives.

Sep 2020

20 min 7 sec

Join Colgate Assistant Professor of Political Science Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cueto for an in-depth look at state building, democratization, and the relationship between political and economic development in Mexico and Latin America, in this all new episode of 13.

Aug 2020

1 hr 31 min

Join Colgate Professor of Geology and Peace and Conflict Studies Karen Harpp to learn about her volcanology work in the Galapagos, and how she and her students have explored different modes of online learning and interaction.

Aug 2020

55 min 56 sec

Join 13 as we chat with recent alumna Natalie Sportelli '15, Lerer Hippeau Content and Brand Manager, as she shares her insights into the world of venture capital. What is it, how does it work, and who can take advantage of the opportunities created by firms seeking to fund new ventures and exciting products.

Jul 2020

29 min 15 sec

Join the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair of Africana and Latin American Studies Kwasi Konadu as he discusses the influential history of a traditional healer in Ghana, the problem with official statistics related to the slave trade, and the legacy of a community center in Brooklyn called, The East.

Jun 2020

1 hr 3 min

Dean of the College Paul McLoughlin shares his thoughts on the residential learning experience at Colgate, how student-life is improved by the Third-Century Plan, and how ongoing changes to Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, and Campus Safety are all aimed at bolstering support for students.

Jun 2020

1 hr 24 min

Take a journey through time and space with Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies Anthony Aveni. Learn about how different cultures developed their own lore for the constellations we see in the night sky, the history of time as we know it, and how magic relates to science in this all new episode of 13.

May 2020

58 min 34 sec

Join Colgate Associate Vice President for Career Initiatives Michael Sciola as he discusses career planning during a pandemic, the most common mistakes applicants make when submitting a resume, and how the loss of solid handshakes might impact future job interviews.

May 2020

54 min 58 sec

Colgate physicians Dr. Merrill Miller and Dr. Ellen Larson talk about their work to keep the Colgate University community healthy as the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 spread around the globe. The doctors share their thoughts about the emergence of COVID-19 and all of the work that has gone into the University's response to the threat of this illness.

Apr 2020

46 min 15 sec

Join Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics Robert Garland as he discusses the plagues and pandemics of the ancient world on this new episode of 13. A prolific author, Professor Garland has published 14 books, dozens of journal articles, and he is a well-respected scholar on the lives of everyday people in the ancient world. This is Professor Garland’s second appearance on the podcast.

Apr 2020

56 min 13 sec

Join Colgate Assistant Professor of History and Native American Studies Ryan Hall as he discusses his forthcoming book Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877. Hall’s research focuses on the experience of native peoples in both the U.S. and Canada, the fur trade, and the history of international borders.

Mar 2020

45 min 4 sec

Thirteen travels to New York City to discuss disruption and innovation with the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival Craig Hatkoff. Learn about the genesis of the now-famous festival, Hatkoff’s chance friendship with Robert De Niro, and his current work to foster creative innovation through the Disruptor Foundation.

Feb 2020

54 min 50 sec

Join Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Susan Thomson as she discusses the history and the legacy of genocide in Rwanda, the emotional and ethical challenges for field research in Africa, and why the government is now a major sponsor of a Premier league soccer team.

Feb 2020

53 min 14 sec

Join Colgate Alumnus Nick Kokonas, co-owner of the world-renowned Alinea, Next, Aviary, Aviary NYC, Roister, and the St. Clair Supper Club, as he shares his thoughts about experiential dining, Twitter dustups, and how he is taking on an established tech giant to improve how restaurants handle online reservations.

Jan 2020

59 min 28 sec

Join Colgate Russian and Eurasian Studies Director and Associate Professor of Geography Jessica Graybill as she discusses her research in Russia, and how climate change is impacting the cities of Vladivostok and Teriberka.

Jan 2020

29 min 57 sec

Colgate President Brian W. Casey shares his thoughts on college leadership, affordability, new construction, planning for the future, and what he is usually thinking about while doing laps in his morning swim routine.

Jan 2020

42 min 7 sec

Join Associate Professor of English Jennifer Brice as she shares her approach to creative writing, her connection to Alaska, and how she is preparing for an upcoming study group that will bring her and her students to the base camp of Mount Everest.

Dec 2019

38 min 42 sec

Join Colgate Director of Sustainability John Pumilio to learn about the history of Colgate’s 10-year journey toward becoming the first carbon neutral University in New York State. Discover what a carbon credit really is all about, and find some simple new ways to be a better steward of the Earth in your own life.

Dec 2019

28 min 26 sec

Join Assistant Professor of English Nimanthi Rajasingham as she explains the history of colonialism in Sri Lanka and the government’s long and brutal war with the Tamil Tigers. Professor Rajasingham also shares her research into the women’s movement of South Asia and how protest art, literature, and theater all plays into the region’s social movements.

Nov 2019

37 min 36 sec

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Jeff Bary shares his thoughts on an array of interstellar topics including: how scientists use light to study the universe, how planets are formed, what is proto-planetary disk, and his opinion on the likelihood of intelligent extraterrestrial life via the Drake Equation.

Nov 2019

1 hr 5 min

Join Associate Professor of Sociology Alicia Simmons as she discusses her research related to the intersections of the media, race, and politics in the United States. Professor Simmons sheds light on subjects that include how different variables, such as protests, can impact media depictions of police shootings, and how the media’s portrayal of race and crime helps to shape criminal justice policy preferences among the public.

Oct 2019

36 min 50 sec

Join Assistant Professor of Political Science Danielle Lupton as she discusses the history of American diplomacy, the surprising impacts that widows and military veterans have as members of Congress, and how some board games can help illustrate the complexities of international relations.

Oct 2019

30 min 15 sec

Professor Garland delves into the nuances of life in the ancient world. Join the Colgate Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics as he shares stories of ancient Greek funeral customs, popular pets of the era, and the public figures who would have probably enjoyed Twitter.

Sep 2019

48 min 47 sec