Media Mentions: April 2020

Media Mentions: April 2020

Why Am I Reading Apocalyptic Novels Now?
New York Times
In op-ed, Agnes Callard (Philosophy) discusses living in the time of coronavirus and the trend toward apocalyptic media.

Using Chemistry to Learn the Provenance of Clay Tablets
Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Susanne Paulus (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) incorporates seemingly unrelated tools from other academic fields such as X-ray fluorescence devices and AI to determine the origin of ancient tablets.

‘Mental Traveler’
Inside Higher Ed
W. J. T. Mitchell (English Language and Literature) discusses his new memoir, Mental Traveler: A Father, A Son, and A Journey Through Schizophrenia.

Natsume Soseki: Japan’s Great Novelist
BBC Sounds
On podcast, Michael Bourdaghs (East Asian Languages and Civilizations) talks about the life and work of one of Japan's greatest writers, Natsume Soseki.

What Do the Humanities Do in a Crisis?
The New Yorker
Agnes Callard (Philosophy) discusses humanistic inquiry in times of crisis and the essays of Jean Améry.

Home Movies Backed by DJs Put a New Spin on Vintage South Side History
Chicago Sun-Times
South Side Home Movie Project directed by Jacqueline Stewart (Cinema and Media Studies) partners with top Chicago DJs for weekly archival sets.

Nussbaum: Covid-19 Pandemic Has Re-Awakened Desire for Social Democracy
La Prensa Latina Media
In Q and A, Martha Nussbaum (Philosophy) discusses how the global pandemic could spurn social change.

Philosophy Professor Michael Kremer on How The Coronavirus Is Impacting Religious Holidays
Michael Kremer (Philosophy) discusses the impact of the global pandemic on religious holidays.

Firsthand Coronavirus
Watch Theaster Gates (Visual Arts) in his South Side studio, creating new works and teaming up with designers to make thousands of protective masks for those who need them most during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boiled Coca-Cola, Human Fat, Cigarette Ash: The Materially Driven Art of Contemporary China
Art in America
Read the review of the "Allure of Matter" exhibition, co-curated by Wu Hung (Art History).

Aalgaard: COVID-Related Incidents Part of a Long “Historical Arc of Anti-Asian Racism”
News @ Wesleyan
In interview, Scott Aalgaard (PhD '17) discusses the history of Anti-Asian racism within the United States and the contemporary resurgence from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Apple TV+ Series ‘Home’ Takes Us Inside Creative Dwellings Worldwide
Chicago Sun-Times
New online show explores creative homes, including those in Chicago's South Side owned by Theaster Gates (Visual Arts).

What We Miss Without Museums
The New Yorker
Rachel Cohen (Creative Writing) discusses artwork, museums, and touch during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Chicago Theaters, Dance Troupes Offering ‘Virtual’ Programming Amid Pandemic
Chicago Sun-Times
UChicago's TAPS Virtual Dance Lab offers new programming.

American Writers Museum Exhibit Goes Online: Dive Into the Modern Immigrant And Refugee Experience in America
Chicago Tribune
"My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today," the exhibition about the influence of immigrant and refugee writing at the American Writers Museum featuring Vu Tran (Creative Writing), is now online.

Composer Marshals a Commissioning Project for Beleaguered Performers
Anthony Cheung (Music) talks about his involvement with GigThruCOVID, a new collaborative project pairing composers and musicians for the creation and video performance of short pieces.

With 'Spinning Home Movies,' DJs Bring Chicagoans a Weekly Dose of History
Hyde Park Herald
Jacqueline Stewart (Cinema and Media Studies) and the South Side Home Movies Project have launched "Spinning Home Movies," a DJ project that showcases Chicago history through excerpts of videos and music.

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April 1, 2020