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July 16th, 2017

This week, Open Stacks goes back to college, for a look at the culture of sex on campus today. Essayist Laura Kipnis discusses her latest book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus touching on professor-student relationships and trigger warnings. Sociologist Lisa Wade discusses campus hook-up culture and her book American Hookup.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

 

Open Stacks Podcast
July 15th, 2017

John Corbett is a writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago.  He is the author of A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Duke University Press, 2015), and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (Duke, 1994), as well as several edited volumes on Sun Ra. The catalog he made, along with the curatorial team from the Smart Museum of Art, for the exhibition Monster Roster: Existential Art in Postwar Chicago, was awarded the award for excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators in 2017.  Corbett has produced CDs and LPs for his Unheard Music Series and more recently for Corbett vs. Dempsey, the label associated with his art gallery.  He...

Reading Is Critical
July 13th, 2017

Jonathan Putnam is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and avid amateur Lincoln scholar. He has a degree in history from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School, from which he graduated first in his class. For many years he was a trial lawyer and partner at one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country. The American Lawyer magazine profiled him as one of the top young trial lawyers in America. He currently lives in London, England...

Bibliographies
July 13th, 2017

David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count (Norton). He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor in chief of Salon.com. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York magazine and many other publications.  Dave will join us on Thursday, July 20, 6pm at the Co-op for a discussion of Ratf**cked with Rick Perlstein.


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Bibliographies
July 10th, 2017

Philosopher Bart Schultz discusses The Happiness Philosophers which explores the ideas and the eccentric lives of the great Utilitarians. Kate Hennessy gives an inside look into the family life of her grandmother, famed Catholic activist Dorothy Day.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.  

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July 10th, 2017

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From the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago... Open Stacks brings you conversations with scholars, poets, novelists and activists on subjects as eclectic as the books on our shelves.

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July 9th, 2017

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (long-term). She holds a B.A. from Smith College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale, specializing in equality issues, especially sex equality, under international and domestic (including comparative, constitutional, and criminal) law and in political theory.

Professor MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and proposed the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada has largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate...

Reading Is Critical
July 7th, 2017

The perfect collection for anyone seeking to understand the cultural importance of comfort food, Comfort Food explores this concept with examples taken from Atlantic Canadians, Indonesians, the English in Britain, and various ethnic, regional, and religious populations as well as rural and urban residents in the United States. This volume includes studies of particular edibles and the ways in which they comfort or in some instances cause discomfort. The contributors focus on items ranging from bologna to chocolate, including sweet and savory puddings, fried bread with an egg in the center, dairy products, fried rice, cafeteria fare, sugary fried dough, soul food, and others. Several essays consider comfort food in the context of cookbooks, films, blogs, literature, marketing, and tourism. Of course what heartens one person might put...

Reading Is Critical
July 7th, 2017

 

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking. She is the author of six previous books, including Against Love: A Polemic and Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo, among others, and has written for Slate, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Her essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. She lives in New York and Chicago.

Reading Is Critical
July 3rd, 2017

China Mieville reads from his latest book October and discusses the haunting legacy of the Russian Revolution. Editors Norma Field and Heather Bowen-Struyk read from their anthology of Japanese proletarian writings For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution. Plus, University of Chicago Professor Robert Bird reads and discusses Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Our March".

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. 

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