On Academics, Aesthetics, and Advocacy, with guest Cherene Sherrard, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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On Academics, Aesthetics, and Advocacy, with guest Cherene Sherrard, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Intersections between areas of scholarly inquiry and areas of creative expression are both fraught with complexity and ripe with opportunity. Where and how these spheres of academic, intellectual and creative work inform each other is often unique to the individual performing that work. But what happens when these two areas—the academic and artistic—also engage the …

“The Art of Holy Attention,” with guest David Marno, University of California, Berkeley

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"The Art of Holy Attention," with guest David Marno, University of California, Berkeley
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Poetry represents perhaps the most elegant use of language, the most delicate expression of the wide range of moods and feelings that make us most deeply human. For that reason, poetry can move us to think differently, behave differently, even sometimes believe differently. In this episode, we spoke with David Marno, Associate Professor of English …

On Religious Universities and Church Education, with guest John Tanner, BYU and former president of BYU-Hawaii

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On Religious Universities and Church Education, with guest John Tanner, BYU and former president of BYU-Hawaii
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What is the role of religious universities like BYU? How should they resemble or differ from secular universities, and has their role evolved in the past few decades? Or will it? Our guest on this episode of the BYU Humanities Center Podcast is John Tanner, former Academic Vice President of BYU and, most recently, President …

Contemplative Studies, and What it Fails to Contemplate, with guest Jacob Sherman, California Institute of Integral Studies

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Contemplative Studies, and What it Fails to Contemplate, with guest Jacob Sherman, California Institute of Integral Studies
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Contemplative studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field in universities. It explores the intersection of what we learn with how we learn, asserting that minds that are aware of their own processes, minds that take a contemplative approach toward learning, not only digest facts but also undergo transformative experiences. In most universities, contemplative study fuses brain …

Why We Need Needless Things: On the Power of Literary Romance – Guest Scott Black, University of Utah

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Why We Need Needless Things: On the Power of Literary Romance - Guest Scott Black, University of Utah
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What is literature? For much of western history, the word simply designated “educated writing” or “discourse,” a meaning it still retains. However, since the turn of the nineteenth century, literature has usually meant “imaginative writing,” and some kinds of literature, like the genre of romance, is more, shall we say, “literary” than others, more rooted …

Scotland – and the Arts – in the Modern World: with guest Cairns Craig, University of Aberdeen

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Scotland – and the Arts – in the Modern World: with guest Cairns Craig, University of Aberdeen
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Scotland is a small nation that has exerted an outsized influence on the modern world, an influence ranging from politics and economics, to university disciplines, the arts, and even the study of literature. But Scotland also bears a fascinating history within Britain, a history of influence, resistance, and self reflection. The guest of this episode …

Subduing Rage through Ancient Greek Myth: with Matthew Wickman and guest Emily Katz Anhalt, Sarah Lawrence College

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Subduing Rage through Ancient Greek Myth: with Matthew Wickman and guest Emily Katz Anhalt, Sarah Lawrence College
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What do we need in violent times? Stronger weapons systems? Better intelligence so that we can root out threats before they arise? A more robust police force or rules for governing its use? Emily Katz Anhalt, who teaches classical languages and literatures at Sarah Lawrence College, believes we need stories. And not just any stories …