NAB Podcast: Kelly Hankin on Media Cultures of Study Abroad in Higher Education

What “gaze” does the US higher education study abroad industry want to cultivate amongst students?  How does the lack of diversity in US study abroad programs affect the narratives told about it, and diverse student experiences of it? What role should study abroad and/or other cross-cultural experiences play in a liberal arts education? Despite it … Read More

NAB Podcast: John Kaag on Personal, Vulnerable Philosophy and Higher Learning

What should be the role of philosophy as a shared, personal, and vulnerable endeavor in today’s higher education system? As part of the authentic learning experience, how open should philosophy teachers be with their undergraduate students about their personal lives and challenges? Is there room in professional philosophy for personal and vulnerable philosophical teaching and … Read More

NAB Podcast: Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese on Amazon and Higher Education

What can be learned from ethnographic interviews of Amazon’s last mile delivery workers in the greater LA area about the current global economy? How can undergraduate student researchers participate in this kind of labor research? Can academic and student research build opportunities for labor organizing, and resist the precarity that dominates the economy because of … Read More

NAB Podcast: Tommy Curry on Revolution and Pessimism in Black Male Studies and its Role in Higher Education

Is Fred Hampton-style coalition building a useful praxis for contesting anti-Blackness today, or are efforts at building a “Rainbow Coalition” inappropriate or ineffective in the current historical conjuncture? Does emphasis on emancipatory efforts for black persons, and especially men, in social-political theory, sometimes undercut the need to come to terms with deeper, perhaps insurmountable anti-black … Read More

NAB Podcast: Emma Pettit on Higher Education Journalism

What is distinctive about higher education journalism? What can we learn from people driven narratives in journalism, including telling the stories of “departmental drama” in higher education? What are some of the challenges in covering higher education – especially with respect to the faculty beat? Are there any blind spots in what higher education reporters … Read More

NAB Podcast: Elizabeth Anderson on Private Government and Higher Education

If and how does understanding our workplaces as “private governments”, especially how many of them are run on deeply undemocratic models of organization and decision making, apply to US colleges and universities in their function as employers? Should higher education in the US function on any market principles, or are other institutions and arrangements more … Read More

NAB Podcast: Walter Metz on Media Studies and the Humanities

How do we best support graduate students in media studies? Do universities and graduate programs have a responsibility to readjust their model of grad education in the field? What is the value of a humanities-based approach to media studies? How can media be a site of convergence for the disciplines? In today’s episode we investigate … Read More