Stuart Kelter interviews Iñigo García-Bryce, Professor of History at New Mexico State University since 1999, whose research focuses on Latin America, especially Peru, where he grew up. His books include Crafting the Republic: Lima’s Artisans and Nation-Building in Peru, 1821-1879 published in 2004 and Haya de la Torre and the Pursuit of Power in Twentieth Century Peru and Latin America, published in 2018. He was the Director of NMSU’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies since 2011-2016.
Stuart Kelter interviews Steven Sloman, a professor in the department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences at Brown University, who studies how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world, how we make decisions, how we process conversations, and how we respond to conflict. His current research focuses on collective cognition, or how we think as a community, explored in his book co-authored with Phil Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, published in 2017, which is the topic of today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Kostas Kampourakis, author and editor of several books about evolution, genetics, philosophy, and the history of science, and the editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Understanding Life. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science and Education, as well as two other science education book series. He is currently a researcher at the University of Geneva, where he also teaches at the Section of Biology and the University Institute for Teacher Education. Today’s interview focuses on his latest book, Understanding Genes, which explores the many ways in which, contrary to popular belief, the influence of genesis are only one component of a much more complicated picture.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Philip Powell, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield in London, who studies a universal emotion that has only recently become the object of empirical investigation -- disgust -- exploring how it affects on decision-making, psychological functioning, and well being. He is a contributor to and co-editor, with Nathan Consedine, of the Handbook of Disgust Research, the first ever compilation of disgust researchers, to be published in October, 2021. An alternative title for this interview: Disgust Discussed.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues, a senior research geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, specializing in the study of dinosaurs and other vertebrates from the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. Dr. Sues has collected fossil vertebrates across the United States as well as in Canada, China, Germany, and Morocco. Today’s interview will focus on the history of evolutionary theory and some of its more surprising elements, concluding with thoughts about the paradoxical relationship between science and ignorance.
Stuart Kelter interviews Jay Rothman, Ph.D., a professor, practitioner, and author in the field of conflict resolution for the past 30 years. In the course of his career, Jay has worked with diplomats, business executives, opposing leaders of embattled communities, union leaders, university leadership, school boards and superintendents, community activists, and students around the world. He has lectured and taught around the country and the world, including the University of Cincinnati and Antioch College in the U.S., and Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is also the founder of the Aria Group, an independent firm focusing on conflict resolution, consultation, and training. In today's interview Jay provides detailed examples of his work with Israelis and Palestinians and also racially charged tensions regarding police conduct in Cincinnati.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Chris Churchill, a professor of astronomy at NMSU, whose work focuses on the evolution of galaxies using chemical line spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope, along with state-of-the-art cosmological simulation software. He has also taught futuristic classes – entitled, “Life in the Universe,” “Into the Final Frontier,” and “Space Colonization.”
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Neil Harvey, an Associate Professor in the Government Department of NMSU, specializing in the politics of Mexico and Latin America, particularly the role of social movements in the struggle for democracy and new forms of political representation. Today’s interview focuses on the political dynamics and history of the drug cartels of Mexico and countries to the south.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Michael Yassa, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, where he is the director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. His research focuses on how the brain learns and remembers information, and how learning and memory mechanisms are altered in aging and neuropsychiatric disease, especially dementia. Today's interview also explores the crucial role of memory in the construction of personal identity and lived experience.
DELVING IN: Dick Scobie on His 27 Years as Executive Director of the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
Stuart Kelter interviews Richard ("Dick") Scobie, who was the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 1972 to 1998. Under his direction, the UUSC defended human rights and promoted humane solutions to social problems worldwide, from war zones in Central America, Africa and Asia, to America’s broken systems of criminal justice and child welfare. His memoir, To Advance Justice, published in 2005, provides a detailed account of his 27 years of leadership of UUSC.
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