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Archive for the 'Podcast' Category

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History Hits the Airwaves

The Columbia Guide to Religion in American HistoryThe Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, edited by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum was recently featured on the podcast, Books and Culture.

The podcast discusses a variety of the essays but on his blog Religion in American History, Paul Harvey points our attention to some of the great essays in the volume not mentioned. One of the essays is Linford Fisher’s “Colonial Encounters.” Harvey quotes from an interview with Fisher in which he discusses the the connection between religion, consumer goods, and Native practices in colonial New England:

In terms of religion, one of the biggest ways we can trace the effects of this influx of consumer goods is through funerary objects in Native graves. One of the most poignant examples of this comes from a late seventeenth century grave at Mashantucket, Connecticut. In a young teenage girl’s grave, amongst the more traditional funerary items such as a pestle and beads archaeologists in 1990 found a medicine bundle that contained fragments of a Bible page and a bear paw. I wrestle with the meaning of this a bit in the introduction to my book, but it seems to me it is a clear example of how the physical presence of the Bible and the teachings contained in it had become part of funerary practices and—perhaps equally as important—one additional potential means for providing in the afterlife or a deceased relative. But even more broadly, the educational and evangelistic efforts made by the colonists in Native communities meant that in churches and schools Natives were presented with an astonishing array of new material goods, such as all kinds of books and primers, inks and quills, eyeglasses (for reading), benches and tables, and European clothing and foods.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Interview with Joshua Miller, author of “Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters”

Joshua Miller, author of Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters, was recently interviewed as part of the Living Proof Podcast Series.

Here is a description of the series from “Living Proof”:

Dr. Joshua Miller discusses the many types of disasters that affect people around the world and how to help individuals and communities recover. He highlights the social ecology of disaster and the consequences of different types of disasters on individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Miller proposes an alternative to traditional, individually-focused mental health approaches, called Psychosocial Capacity Building, which is multi-systemic and addresses collective cultural orientations and helps foster access to the social support and connections that exist in groups and communities.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Gary Francione on “Vegan Freak”

Gary Francione, Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal ExploitationWith the recent release of some very noteworthy titles in animal studies as well as our special 50% off sale, we’ve been writing quite a bit about our books in the field. Today, we point you to Gary Francione’s recent appearance on the very popular podcast “Vegan Freak.” (This is part 1 of 2-part interview). In the interview, Francione discusses his new book Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation, the state of the animal rights movement, and the failures of animal welfare legislation.

Interviews with Francione are always engaging and provocative and while you might not always agree with his views, his ideas about the way society treats animals, even as it tries to protect them, challenge conventional notions about how we think about and regard animals. Francione, who is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school and his ideas continue to resonate among animal rights advocates, legal theorists, and philosophers.

For more on Francione, you can also read our interview with Francione, an excerpt from Animals as Persons, or visit Francione’s Web site, Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez and his role in the Administration of Torture

Administration of Torture, Jameel Jaffer and Amrit SinghIn his review of Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez’s new book Wiser in Battle: A Soldier’s Story, Scott McLemee of Bloomberg.com notes that the former head of coalition forces in Iraq offers a similar message found in other books about how things went wrong in Iraq: “Don’t blame me.”

McLemee also points to the fact that while Sanchez tries to explain or explain away his role in creating the policy regarding the Army’s policy toward detainees, he omits the inclusion of the actual documents that point to his involvement.

As McLemee writes, these documents can be found in Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond edited by Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh.

In their introduction Jaffer and Singh describe what could be found in Sanchez’s directives from the Fall of 2003. You can also read the original memo from Sanchez (pdf):

Of the twenty-nine methods authorized by Sanchez’s directive, some were similar to those listed in the Field Manual—these included “pride and ego down,” and “fear up harsh—but the directive also authorized the use of twelve methods beyond those endorsed by the field manual. For example it authorized interrogators to isolate prisoners for extended periods, to subject them to “stress positions and extreme temperatures, and to deprive them of sleep. It also authorized interrogators to “exploit [] Arab fear of dogs and to deceive prisoners into believing that they were being interrogated by foreign intelligence services.

For more on Administration of Torture you can also listen to a podcast interview with Jaffer and Singh or read Scott McLemee’s interview in Insidehighered with Jameel Jaffer.