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From the Vault: Louis Agassiz with Christoph Irmscher

Interchange took a break this week. As a substitute, here’s a conversation with Christoph Irmscher about Louis Agassiz for your edification and your listening pleasure. This first aired on June 8, 2013 as part of the summer series The Custom House. Louis Agassiz, born in 1807 in Fribourg, Switzerland, came to the US in 1846 and very quickly became one …

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Interchange – The Radical Democracy of Henry David Thoreau: A Conversation with Branka Arsic’

What may seem surprising as you listen is the way in which Thoreau’s understanding of death and life can inform our own considerations of what it means to live by an ethics of inclusion and acceptance of differences and to eschew what is given to us politically and socially as measured, hierarchical, and standardized forms of “knowing.” All this is …

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Interchange – Marching the Alcotts: “We Really Lived Most of It”

Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning biographer John Matteson whose The Annotated Little Women was published last month. Since its first publication in the 1860s, Little Women has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series. Through numerous photographs taken in the Alcott family home …

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Interchange – George Kateb: Accentuate the Negative

With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well …

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