NBN Seminar

NBN Seminar


Interviews with authors of books that will appeal to the entire NBN audience.

Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe" (Random House, 2020)

June 2, 2020

Until the End of Time

Brian Greene
Hosted by John Weston

Brian Greene is a Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is the Director of the Institute for S…

Leslie M. Harris, "Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies" (U Georgia Press, 2019)

April 28, 2020

Slavery and the University

Leslie M. Harris
Hosted by Adam McNeil

Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies (University of Georgia Press, 2019), edited by Leslie M. Harris, James T. Campbell, and Alfred L. B…

Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 30, 2020

Sleight of Mind

Matt Cook
Hosted by Jim Stein

Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician's purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty hat.…

Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times” (Princeton UP, 2020)

February 25, 2020

Inside the Critics’ Circle

Phillipa Chong
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How does the world of book reviews work? In Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times (Princeton University Press, 2020), Phillipa…

Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information" (Norton, 2019)

December 3, 2019

How Charts Lie

Alberto Cairo
Hosted by Jim Stein

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Social media has made charts, infogra…

Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing

November 4, 2019

Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing

Kathryn Conrad
Hosted by Marshall Poe

As you may know, university presses publish a lot of good books. In fact, they publish thousands of them every year. They are different from most trad…

J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers" (West Virginia UP, 2019)

October 24, 2019

Geeky Pedagogy

Jessamyn Neuhaus
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

The things that make people academics -- a deep fascination with some arcane subject, often bordering on obsession, and a comfort with the solitude th…

Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Open Access Publishing

March 19, 2019

Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Open Access Publishing

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more de…

McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century" (Verso, 2017)

December 6, 2018

General Intellects

McKenzie Wark
Hosted by Carla Nappi

McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention. The chapters of General…

Steven Shaviro, "Discognition" (Repeater Books, 2016)

November 20, 2018


Steven Shaviro
Hosted by Carla Nappi

Steven Shaviro’s book Discognition (Repeater Books, 2016) opens with a series of questions: What is consciousness? How does subjective experience occu…

Yves Citton, "The Ecology of Attention" (Polity, 2017)

August 13, 2018

The Ecology of Attention

Yves Citton
Hosted by Carla Nappi

We are arguably living in the midst of a form of economy where attention has become a key resource and value, labor, class, and currency are being rec…

Clayton Childress, "Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel" (Princeton UP, 2017)

September 29, 2017

Under the Cover

Clayton Childress
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How does a book come into being? In Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel (Princeton University Press, 2017), Clayton…

Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson, eds., "After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies" (Routledge, 2016)

September 25, 2017

After World Religions

Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson

When undergraduate students look through a course catalog and see the title World Religions they probably have some idea what the course will be about…

Ron Edwards, "The Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor Moreau" (Oxford UP, 2016)

August 25, 2017

The Edge of Evolution

Ron Edwards
Hosted by Eric LeMay

As I was reading Ron Edward's fascinating and far-reaching new book, The Edge of Evolution: Animality, Inhumanity, and Doctor Moreau (Oxford Universit…

Lee Trepanier, ed. "Why the Humanities Matter Today: In Defense of Liberal Education" (Lexington Books, 2017)

May 26, 2017

Why the Humanities Matter Today

Lee Trepanier, ed.
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Lee Trepanier, Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, edited this important analysis of why the humanities mat…

Carrie Jenkins, "What Love is: And What it Could Be" (Basic Books, 2017)

April 25, 2017

What Love Is

Carrie Jenkins
Hosted by Carla Nappi

Carrie Jenkins' new book is a model for what public philosophy can be. Beautifully written, thoughtful, and compellingly and carefully argued, What Lo…

McKenzie Wark, "Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene" (Verso, 2015)

October 10, 2016

Molecular Red

McKenzie Wark
Hosted by Carla Nappi

McKenzie Wark's new book begins and ends with a playful call: "Workings of the world untie! You have a win to world!" Molecular Red: Theory for the An…

Simon Critchley, "ABC of Impossibility" (Univocal Publishing, 2015)

March 7, 2016

ABC of Impossibility

Simon Critchley
Hosted by Carla Nappi

From its opening fragment on "Fragments" to its "Possibly dolorous tropical lyrical coda," Simon Critchley's new book is a pleasure to hold in the han…

John Durham Peters, "The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

November 17, 2015

The Marvelous Clouds

John Durham Peters
Hosted by Carla Nappi

John Durham Peters' wonderful new book is a brilliant and beautifully-written consideration of natural environments as subjects for media studies. Acc…

Eugene Thacker, "Horror of Philosophy" (Zero Book, 2011-2015)

September 28, 2015

Horror of Philosophy

Eugene Thacker
Hosted by Carla Nappi

Eugene Thacker's wonderful Horror of Philosophy series includes three books - In the Dust of this Planet (Zero Books, 2011), Starry Speculative Corpse…