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“Freedom Now: The Mississippi Freedom Movement in American History and Memory”

BYjames campbell | DEPARTMENT OF history, stanford university

Why are the Humanities important?
“The way we understand the past shapes the matrix of political possibility in the present.  It shapes our understanding of why the world we live in looks as it does, and what responsibilities befall us in its light... I want to talk about how we understand the past, because I want us to be able to have better conversations about why the world looks as it does in the present, and what we might do to make it look different in the future.”

Fast Facts: 
 biking, playing the guitar, cooking, movies movies movies!
Favorite Movie: Hell or High Water
If you could bring back one musical artist from the dead, who would it be?: Jimmy Rogers

*Jim's Work in Progress Talk will take place on April 7th, 2022 at 12PM

Meeting ID: 922 2301 6096  Ι  Password: WIPS


“Solidarity and Socialist Riches: East German Diplomacy, Environment, and Technology, 1949-1989”


Why are the Humanities important?
"Things happen in a laboratory...but that alone doesn’t make a lot of sense until we imbue it with meaning and value. I like looking at how we construct that importance and significance – about the earth, about interactions with one another, that sort of thing. Bringing the humans into that is really important to me.”

Fast Facts: 
What are you reading or watching right now?:  Disc Golf tournaments on YouTube
Something on the Bucket List: Visit Mongolia, visit Japan, travel in general
If you could have dinner with two people dead or alive, who would they be?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Grandmother on Dad's side

*Julie's Work in Progress Talk will take place on February 1, 2022 @ 12PM 

Meeting ID: 915 8348 3449  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Emergent Engagements with Energy Democracy in Puerto Rico”


Why are the Humanities important?
“Humanities are just so central to the way that I live my life. Of course I study environmental issues, but we need historical analysis, we need ethical analysis, legal analysis; we just cannot solve these big problems in the world without using a humanities perspective."

Fast Facts: 
Hobbies: hiking, camping, visiting national parks with family, live music, reading mysteries
Favorite Musical Artists: The Clash, REM, The Breeders, The Smiths
Last TV Show she Binged: The Chair on Netflix

*Danielle's Work in Progress Talk will take place on February 24, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 938 5528 2672  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Disturbed Places and Troubled Times: Bikini, Chernobyl, Fukushima”


Why are the Humanities important?
“To me, it’s about communication, how do you communicate these issues to other people? How do you tell people that this is relevant unless you use a framework of vocabulary and imagery that addresses human beings as human beings and raises the question, how are we implicated? To communicate these issues and raise awareness, to get people excited in various ways about certain issues, to keep the conversation going rather than shutting it down, which I see happening a lot in this country currently - this is I think where humanities work comes in. To get things going, to keep people engaged.”

Fast Facts: 
Hobbies: outdoor activities, biking, swimming, going to the movies, reading
What are you reading right now? Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard, On the Beach by Nevil Shute Norway
Favorite Local Restaurants: Mazza, Laziz

*Katharina's Work in Progress Talk will take place on April 12, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 920 6078 1725  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Destigmata: Normalizing Narratives of Mental Illness”


Why are the Humanities important?
“The heart and soul of humanities is how people and humans, engage, interact, and create the cultures in which we live and produce cultures and politics.”

“I think we’re so lucky, as researchers to be able to call that our job, to say I want to investigate this and jump right in with both feet.”

Fast Facts: 
Hobbies: reading, gardening, traveling, binge watching shows (recently finished Ozark!)
Favorite Musical Artists/Genres: Bob Marley, reggae, pretty much every type of music EXCEPT death metal and early 90's country

*Helene's Work in Progress Talk will take place on March 22, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 997 5413 9427  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Misplaced Blame”


Why are the Humanities important?“People who are exposed to the humanities, that this is something that enriches their lives. And it does it by providing the tools and the frameworks to appreciate certain things in the world that they might not be able to appreciate if they didn’t have those tools.”Fast Facts: 

Hobbies: swimming, hiking, running

Favorite place to travel: London

Something on the Bucket List: travel to New Zealand

TV recommendations: Broadchurch, Hinterland

*Cindy's Work in Progress will take place on March 24, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 991 7048 9400  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Domesticating Disability: Post-Civil Rights Racial Disenfranchisement and the Birth of the Disabled Citizen”

BY LEZLIE FRYE | Gender Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Why are the Humanities important?
"We actually need tools to understand how power and domination work and how social change happens. And that's really my investment. I think that students are really hungry to have tools to understand the present moment and how we got here.

Fast Facts: 
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Hobbies: Exploring State and National Parks, yoga, meditation, biking, cooking
Favorite thing to cook: Soups and salads

*Lezlie's Work in Progress Talk will take place on February 17, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 926 9412 0245  Ι  Password: WIPS








“The Life of Significant Soil: Nature, Politics, and the Modernist Environmental Imagination”

By sean collins | Department of english

*Sean's Work in Progress Talk will take place on February 10, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 943 6724 3104  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Persistence through Change: On Preserving Evolvability as a Strategy for Biological Conservation”

By richard figueroa | Department of philosophy

*Richard's Work in Progress Talk will take place on March 3, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 921 1335 8442  Ι  Password: WIPS



“The (New) Science of Race: Communicating and Constructing Blackness Through Genetic Ancestry Testing”

By charnell peters | Department of COMMUNICATION

*Charnell's Work in Progress Talk will take place on January 27, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 982 3716 0114  Ι  Password: WIPS



“Fighting Words with Fists: The Paradoxes of the ‘Gater Incident’ at San Francisco State College, 1967-1969”

By Nkenna Onwuzuruoha | Department of english

*Nkenna's Work in Progress Talk will take place on March 17, 2022 @ 12PM

Meeting ID: 998 5212 5273  Ι  Password: WIPS


“Churched Bodies’: Community, Immigrant Incorporation, and Embodied Practice Among Haitian Latter-day Saints”

By Janan Graham-Russell | Program in the Study of Religion, Harvard University

Why are the Humanities important?
“I’m all about culture and thinking about the diversity found in cultures. There’s always a central question, and the question for me is, ‘Why?’ I think that the Humanities are ways to answer the fundamental questions of why we are who we are as a people, as a community, and I think having those different perspectives helps answer that question.”

Fast Facts: 
Hobbies: teaching hip hop cardio dance classes, listening to mid 90’s to early 2000’s hip hop, being active, hiking, watching sci-fi films, reading
Something on the Bucket List: Visiting Iceland
If you could have dinner with two people dead or alive, who would they be?: Toussaint Louverture and Toni Morrison

*Janan's Work in Progress Talk will take place on April 5, 2022 at 12PM

Meeting ID: 967 1702 1801  Ι  Password: WIPS







Last Updated: 1/12/22