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History wrapped up in song: “Singing Freedom” with Tsitsi Jaji, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and Ed Baptist

History wrapped up in song: “Singing Freedom” with Tsitsi Jaji, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and Ed Baptist

June 22, 2022

History wrapped up in song: “Singing Freedom” with Tsitsi Jaji, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and Ed Baptist.

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, poet and associate professor of English at Duke Tsitsi Jaji, and Cornell professor of history Ed Baptist, talk with Annette about ’Singing Freedom,’ a multi-layered collaboration with leading Black American composers and performers to create musical responses to materials in the Freedom on the Move archive. They talk about how music might give voice to those self-liberators and their stories, exploring ways the creative arts might grapple with racism in the past and present across literary and musical genres.

This episode was recorded in September 2021 by Bert Odom Reed and produced by Eric Harvey. We are grateful to Shawn E. Okpebholo and Rhiannon Giddens for permission to reproduce their music. Excerpts heard in this episode are from: Rhiannon Giddens, “At the Purchaser’s Option,” performed by Rhiannon Giddens from the album “Freedom Highway” (2017); Shawn E. Okpebholo, “The Rain” from “Two Black Churches” (poem by Marcus Amaker), performed by Will Liverman, baritone, and Paul Sánchez, piano from the album “Lord, How Come Me Here” (2022); and Shawn Okpebholo, “Oh, Freedom,” sung by Will Liverman, with Paul Sánchez (piano) from the album “Steal Away” (2014). 

Lucy Fitz Gibbon has recently taken a full-time position at Bard College and Conservatory.

“Above all nations is…”: The Fraught Legacy of Goldwin Smith with Joanne Lee and Angel Nugroho

“Above all nations is…”: The Fraught Legacy of Goldwin Smith with Joanne Lee and Angel Nugroho

March 2, 2022

Angel Nugroho and Joanne Lee, two undergraduate students from Cornell’s Humanities Scholars Program, sit down with Paul Fleming to discuss the fraught legacy of Goldwin Smith, Cornell’s first academic star. Through collaborative archival research, Angel and Joanne share their unique perspectives on Goldwin Smith’s misogyny against the backdrop of women’s burgeoning access to public, academic, and legal spaces in the Victorian Finger Lakes region.

Rural Poetics: Part 3 with Tim Earley

Rural Poetics: Part 3 with Tim Earley

November 1, 2021

This third episode of the Rural Poetics podcast series features poetry author Tim Earley, visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Earley’s dynamic range of diction mixes the academic vocabulary of continental theory with his own roots of Appalachian vernacular English. Tim’s work directly confronts the class hierarchies of U.S. poetry communities, giving audiences a language to better understand the complexity of contemporary rural life.

Tweets of the Un-Mastered Class: Exploring the Freedom on the Move Database with Edward Baptist

Tweets of the Un-Mastered Class: Exploring the Freedom on the Move Database with Edward Baptist

October 4, 2021

Ed Baptist, Cornell history professor, joins Paul and Annette to discuss the Freedom on the Move database and related pedagogical projects. This work by Baptist and many other scholars, educators, and volunteers aims to shift the narrative surrounding slavery in America, bringing together tens of thousands of newspaper “wanted” ads for freedom seekers. These ads inadvertently bear witness to the names, lives, and personalities of self-liberators who otherwise have been effaced from history—while also highlighting the complicity of mainstream newspapers and their subscribers in attempting to subjugate “runaway property.”

 

 

Rural Poetics: Part 2 with Nancy Bereano

Rural Poetics: Part 2 with Nancy Bereano

July 28, 2021

This episode features Nancy Bereano, founder of Ithaca’s groundbreaking, award-winning lesbian and feminist press, Firebrand Books (1985-2000). Speaking with Rural Poetics host, Alec Pollak, Bereano  reflects on the heyday of feminist small-press publishing and her role bringing up notable authors such as Alison Bechdel, Leslie Feinberg, and Audre Lorde.

Rural Poetics: Part 1 with Nikki Wallschlaeger

Rural Poetics: Part 1 with Nikki Wallschlaeger

June 28, 2021

In this episode, author Nikki Wallschlaeger reads 11 poems from her latest published collection of poetry-- Waterbaby (2021, Copper Canyon Press). Nikki also speaks with Rural Poetics host Marty Cain, to contextualize her work, sharing insights into her writing process and geographic inspirations.

Crafting Belief from Medieval Dreamscapes to Thai Buddhist Temples with Adin Lears and Anthony Irwin.

Crafting Belief from Medieval Dreamscapes to Thai Buddhist Temples with Adin Lears and Anthony Irwin.

May 28, 2021

2020-21 ‘Fabrication’ Fellows, Adin Lears, assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Anthony Lovenheim Irwin, scholar of Asian religions, engage in a conversation that ranges from creatures and creaturehood in Piers Plowman to craft and construction in Thai Buddhism, finding common ground in questions of spirituality and belief, language and craft, as they consider the ethics and poetics of ‘Fabrication.’

Shutting off the Gaslight with Kate Manne

Shutting off the Gaslight with Kate Manne

April 19, 2021

Kate Manne, 2018-19 “Authority” Faculty Fellow and associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University takes listeners behind the pages of her latest book “Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women.” Discussing concepts such as “himpathy,” “mansplaining,” and “gaslighting” Kate shares stories from her writing process, earlier philosophical roots, and where she finds the strength to keep fighting on behalf of women and girls today.

Sartorial Self-Fashioning and the Legacies of Enslavement with Kimberly Kay Lamm

Sartorial Self-Fashioning and the Legacies of Enslavement with Kimberly Kay Lamm

April 5, 2021

Kimberly Kay Lamm, 2020-21 Society Fellow and associate professor of gender, sexuality and feminist studies at Duke University, explores issues of race, sex and class through the self-fashioning of Black women. From writers of the Harlem Renaissance to visual artists of today, Lamm unfurls the physical and psychic legacies of fashion and fabrication as both display and self-protection in a hostile world.

Shaping Emotions in Late Ancient Christianity with Georgia Frank

Shaping Emotions in Late Ancient Christianity with Georgia Frank

February 11, 2021

Georgia Frank, 2020-21 Society Fellow and Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Colgate University, takes us back to the first 600 years of Christianity to explore the power of song and participatory performances in reenacting and fabricating emotions. Georgia shares insights from her research on bodily experience in ancient Mediterranean religions, including methods and metaphors by which early Christians shaped a collective identity.

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