Open Stacks Podcast

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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Open Stacks Podcast
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 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.  

Open Stacks Podcast
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. 

Open Stacks Podcast
June 26th, 2017

Philosopher Simon Critchley reads and discusses recent works, Bowie and Notes on Suicide, touching on the beauty of endurance, the dangers of optimism, and the power of tragedy. Poet Nathan McClain reads from his debut collection, Scale.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Open Stacks Podcast
June 19th, 2017

Colson Whitehead & Deepak Unnikrishnan read from their latest novels, The Underground Railroad and Temporary People, each a work of hallucinatory dystopian fiction that uses surreal elements to convey the very real terrors of societies past and present.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Open Stacks Podcast
June 12th, 2017

Poet Clint Smith discusses his debut collection, Counting Descent, growing up black in America, and our society's problems with historical amnesia and cultural pathology. Critic Donna Seaman tells the story of forgotten artist Gertrude Abercrombie.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.  

Open Stacks Podcast
June 5th, 2017

Paleontologist Lance Grande gives a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Intellectual historian Lorraine Daston discusses scientific archives as a locus of scholarly utopianism and melancholy.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Open Stacks Podcast
May 28th, 2017

Poet Kevin Coval, NPR Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon, and WBEZ Chicago's Natalie Moore share stories and reflections on their home town of Chicago, from corner stores and food deserts on the city's South Side to the North Side's once-cursed Cubs.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Open Stacks Podcast
May 26th, 2017

Radical feminist lawyer and scholar Catharine MacKinnon's book Butterfly Politics argues that seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can affect major social and cross-cultural transformations. MacKinnon discusses the butterfly effect through the lens of her pioneering work in helping shape and articulate sex discrimination law and the legal concept of sexual harassment as we know it. Kimberly Kay Hoang questions conventional narratives of power and victimhood in Vietnam's sex trade in Dealing in Desire.

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Open Stacks Podcast