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Ivory Tower Boiler Room

By Andrew Rimby and Adam Katz
Welcome to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room where we talk about how the fairy-tale of academic life is at odds with our reality. Each episode we will interview a guest who is unwilling or unable to take the traditional path from college to graduate school to tenure-track.
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(Special Episode) Pulling Back the Curtain on Writing During the Apocalypse

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(Special Episode) Pulling Back the Curtain on Writing During the Apocalypse

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(Part Two) Grad School Interrupted: A Discussion of Mental Health in the University in 2 Parts
(Non-Spotify Version) Content Warning: This episode contains intense discussions about depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, violence, and other mental health issues. See Sexual Assault Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g5emgBqoYtDs2gEFVKdFhfbvHDsMQx8-cCR7MstsnIw/edit?usp=sharing Twitter: @IvoryBoilerRoom Facebook: The Ivory Tower Boiler Room Mary DiPipi: @dipips Erika Grumet: @Whatthemamasaw. Thanks to Emily and Michael O'Brien for their song "Blackberry Blossom."
01:26:31
April 3, 2021
(Part Two) Grad School Interrupted: A Discussion of Mental Health in the University in 2 Parts
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
(Spotify Version) Content Warning: This episode contains intense discussions about depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, violence, and other mental health issues. See Sexual Assault Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g5emgBqoYtDs2gEFVKdFhfbvHDsMQx8-cCR7MstsnIw/edit?usp=sharing Twitter: @IvoryBoilerRoom Facebook: The Ivory Tower Boiler Room Mary DiPipi: @dipips Erika Grumet: @Whatthemamasaw
01:23:25
April 3, 2021
(Part One) Grad School Interrupted: A Discussion of Mental Health in the University in 2 Parts
(Non-Spotify Version) Content Warning: This episode contains intense discussions about depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, violence, and other mental health issues. See this link for a detailed list of mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y287QOm95VqwOk7cfI3YQYXeezLOQifzNgF8Ma6XrAk/edit?usp=sharing "Blackberry Blossom" (Emily O'Brien and Michael O'Brien
01:04:01
April 1, 2021
(Part One) Grad School Interrupted: A Discussion of Mental Health in the University in 2 Parts
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
(Spotify Version) Content Warning: This episode contains intense discussions about depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, violence, and other mental health issues. See this link for a detailed list of mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y287QOm95VqwOk7cfI3YQYXeezLOQifzNgF8Ma6XrAk/edit?usp=sharing
01:05:03
April 1, 2021
Freed Verse: A Conversation on Academia and Public Engagement with Dr. Karen Karbiener
Dr. Karen Karbiener's Bio: https://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/liberalstudies/about/faculty-listing/karen-karbiener.html Episode Notes, including texts mentioned, can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/167vvSmF6IC6gQDQsRFnKPzx7f-owPjm0g1f6dhxC3kQ/edit We end the episode with "Allegro in C Major" from one of Whitman's favorite composers, Mozart.
01:43:39
March 24, 2021
(A Preview) Our Final Season Two Episodes
Listen for a preview of our upcoming episodes including Dr. Karen Karbiener's "Freed Verse: A Conversation on Academia and Public Engagement." Follow us on Twitter: @IvoryBoilerRoom Facebook: The Ivory Tower Boiler Room
04:55
March 18, 2021
Repurposing Your PhD with Adam Capitanio
Humanities NY: https://humanitiesny.org/about-us/staff_board/ Adam Capitanio in “The Repurposed Ph.D.”: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/education/edlife/finding-life-after-academia-and-not-feeling-bad-about-it.html Versatile PhD: https://versatilephd.com/ PhDs at Work: https://phdsatwork.com/ Watchung Review: https://watchungreview.omeka.net/ Scholars Beyond the Tower: https://anchor.fm/erin-becker5
01:41:12
March 17, 2021
(Special Episode) Pulling Back the Curtain on Writing During the Apocalypse
Twitter: @IvoryBoilerRoom Facebook: The Ivory Tower Boiler Room Adam Katz, PhD in English adamskatz@gmail.com Facebook: Moreh Avi Kay Andrew Rimby, Academic, Public Scholar https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/english/people/_grad-students/rimby.php https://andrewrimby.wixsite.com/website Twitter: @AndrewDRimby Tiffany Sowa, Writer, Professor of Creative Writing, Education Manager at Arts Partners, Wichita: @TiffanySTwisted Joseph Milholland, Writer https://newreleases.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=3559c&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copy Anne Sophie Andersen, Musician: www.annesophieandersen.com www.newmusicforstrings.org Mary DiPipi, Writer, Full-Time Nanny: Twitter and Instagram: @dipips Website: http://marydipipi.com Caitlin Casiello, PhD Candidate in East Asian Languages and Literatures & Film and Media Studies, Yale University: Personal Website: http://www.magpiecity.com/ Gundam Wing Podcast: https://anchor.fm/untitled-tallgeese ShI Huiwen, PhD in English Literary Studies, The University of Hong Kong. Currently a lecturer of College of Professional and Continuing Education, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. https://sesamepoetry.wordpress.com/ Emily Gillcrist, Artist, PhD Candidate in Cultural Analysis & Theory at Stony Brook University Twitter: @emilygillcrist https://www.instagram.com/emilygillcrist/ Sophia Basaldua-Sun, Ph.D., Independent Comparative Literature Scholar Based in New York City Instagram: @TheMetropolitanist Twitter:@Metropolitanist Website: www.maisonmetropolitanist.com . Dena Moses, dmoses@vermontweaver.com FB: personal: Dena Gartenstein Moses, business: Vermont Weaving IG: VermontWeaving, vermontweavingclubs Websites: www.vermontweavingsupplies.com www.vermontweaver.com, www.vermontweavingschool.com https://www.vermontweavingsupplies.com/blog Moshe Callen, PhD Student, Ariel University Research profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Moshe-Callen. Project Goals: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1schXe4s4I1kdS_9d4QwqgPEd9R3uePqdBMLix4idtQg/edit?usp=sharing
01:04:11
February 20, 2021
(Part Two) Starting from Paumanok with Caitlyn Shea
Caitlyn continues her conversation about adapting to virtual programming at the Whitman Birthplace, discussing Whitman during a period of racial and social justice movements, and her work as a professional artist. https://caitlynshea.com/ Facebook: @CaitlynSheaPainter Instagram: @CaitlynArtist https://www.waltwhitman.org/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9DgJ6frgKbvBhToZsBn64A https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/bicentennial-poster/ https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/bicentennial-poster-framed/Recommended Books: https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/indigenous-peoples-history-of-the-us/ https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300227116/slaves-cause Music: (Donizetti's "Allegro in C Major") In Honor of Greg Trupiano (the late Whitman specialist and director of the Walt Whitman Project): This Donizetti is dedicated to your memory and spirit. http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/event/local-heart-global-impact-a-tribute-to-whitman-specialist-greg-trupiano/ ("Blackberry Blossom," Emily O'Brien and Michael O'Brien) Emily O’Brien: https://www.emilysdomain.org/Recorderland/ Andrew on Scholars Beyond the Tower: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2DOzgmGy1rAPVOI88ubzHP?si=sdvi9d-1Qe-AwTKWOZ2AgQ&utm_source=copy-link
01:26:08
February 12, 2021
Starting from Paumanok with Caitlyn Shea
Caitlyn Shea is the Event and Media Director at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Facebook: @CaitlynSheaPainter Instagram: @CaitlynArtist "The Nanny Reviews": @thenannyreviews (Instagram and Twitter) Show Notes: Compagnia De' Colombari: https://www.colombari.org/more-or-less-i-am Juan Felipe Herrera: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/juan-felipe-herrera "A Child Went Forth": https://whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/1891/poems/202 (The Whitman Archive)
51:27
February 1, 2021
Winter Season Trailer
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01:19
January 31, 2021
(Part Two) Sing We and Chaunt It: Continuing our Conversation with Emily O'Brien
Emily's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVs255F4L2jYlSyW5citKQw Emily's Website: https://www.emilysdomain.org/Recorderland/ Emily's Suggestion for Looking Up Music: https://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page Side. (Music Credit: "Tant Que Vivray" and "Blackberry Blossom" (Emily O'Brien and Michael O'Brien, you can find these on Emily's album "Songs from Home"). (Adam's humorous note: Andrew totally gave me side-eye when I mentioned needing to sword-fight in order to do musical theater. So here’s a frigging list of musicals that contain sword-fights. There’s only about a half-a-dozen prominent ones, but they’re PRETTY prominent. So take that, Andrew: -Les Miserables -The Phantom of the Opera -The Three Musketeers (Lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse! Really!) -Camelot -The Three Musketeers -Aladdin.)
01:16:27
January 18, 2021
Sing We and Chaunt It: A Conversation with Emily O'Brien (Professional Recorder Player)
Emily O’Brien is a native of Washington, DC where she played recorder from a young age. She studied recorder and french horn at Boston University, and recorder and Baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. She performs in recorder ensembles and historical chamber music, as well as English Country Dance bands. As a teacher, she works with private students and ensembles in the Boston area as well as teaching at various summer workshop such as CDSS’s Early Music Week at Pinewoods and Amherst Early Music Festival. Emily’s solo album, “Fantasies for a Modern Recorder” explores the variety and possibilities over four centuries of repertoire offered by the Helder Harmonic Tenor recorder. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance cycling. https://www.emilysdomain.org/Recorderland/ @IvoryBoilerRoom
57:24
January 6, 2021
Running AMOC with Matt Aucoin (or Matt and Andrew Geek Out Over Whitman)
Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, pianist, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. He is Artist in Residence at Los Angeles Opera, and has worked as a composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Repertory Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Music Academy of the West. He is co-Artistic Director of the American Modern Opera Company. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xph7m1z1Ssx3U_KNC2YII8ua_bVwg8-pSH-9nZQaYCI/edit?usp=sharing
01:27:51
December 22, 2020
(Special Episode) Poetry and Healing During the COVID Crisis with Dr. Susan Scheckel
Dr. Susan Scheckel's talk explores why readers are turning, now more than ever, to Whitman's poetry in the 21st century. And asks why does Whitman's Spirit feel so relevant right now in 2020? Dr. Scheckel's Bio: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/english/people/scheckel.php. The PowerPoint Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tVQnKm_K7Ym5LpemIHUFt5PfTptnJsHm/view?usp=drivesdk (A version of Dr. Scheckel's discussion of Whitman without music for people listening on a platform other than Spotify.)
01:15:52
December 15, 2020
(Season 2 Special Episode) Poetry and Healing During the COVID Crisis with Dr. Susan Scheckel
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Dr. Susan Scheckel's talk explores why readers are turning, now more than ever, to Whitman's poetry in the 21st century. And asks why does Whitman's Spirit feel so relevant right now in 2020? Dr. Scheckel's Bio: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/english/people/scheckel.php The PowerPoint Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tVQnKm_K7Ym5LpemIHUFt5PfTptnJsHm/view?usp=drivesdk
01:23:05
December 14, 2020
Bonus Recap Episode: The Cambridge Companion to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room
We (Adam and Andrew) discuss the themes and interviews that happened in Season One. Think of this as our Cliffs Notes to Season One.
01:00:44
November 23, 2020
Balancing Academics and Motherhood in a Time of Protest
(Part Two) We continue our discussion with Dr. Shi Huiwen as she describes balancing academics and motherhood while face to face with protests. https://hongkongfp.com/category/topics/politics-protest/ https://www.scmp.com/topics/hong-kong-protests
44:53
November 19, 2020
Dr. Shi's Reflections and Illuminations on Organization, Academics, Motherhood, and Civil Unrest
(Part One) We welcome Dr. Shi Huiwen to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room where we take a journey together through theory and discuss Seamus Heaney, Walter Benjamin, and the difficulties of writing a dissertation while pregnant. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1quOZ2kWPc2rrHfA7DMyalCUNQD8aLCQs963xjsXpfU4/edit?usp=sharing
01:33:39
November 12, 2020
Showing Up for Your Community with Lisa Aamodt
Lisa Aamodt is the Limud Education Director at Congregation Tifereth Israel. In this episode, we discuss Lisa's innovative strategies for connecting the students at her Hebrew School during the pandemic. This is an important conversation about what we value as educators. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XZzFwJnukpHhOPCKQUX9bAPJMtWpEv4q3Sf8Qn_BjIg/edit?usp=sharing
02:02:20
November 6, 2020
Growing up in a Hamlet (with Dr. Bente Videbaek)
This week our guest shares her unusual path to her doctorate and her unique approach to teaching/mentorship. Click here for the episode notes (featuring many book recommendations): https://docs.google.com/document/d/13GLWKN3mC3A4ilFa0yj4kBmzOTFZ6v8ojloQxOTSz2k/edit?usp=sharing
01:41:36
October 29, 2020
Writing Books and Cleaning Beaches with Joe Labriola
This week's guest, Joe Labriola's interests may seem unrelated, but as you'll learn, they make sense once you get to know him. Show Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v1tNGt1JWDDV1-FhL7uHsoP4dQgZO9vaDJZGfBXsVik/edit?usp=sharing
01:34:48
October 22, 2020
What's the difference between "urban" and "metropolitan"? Let's ask Dr. Sophia Basaldua-Sun.
Dr. Basaldua-Sun is an independent scholar of Comparative Literature. Click here for the glossary and bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Lrq6TP5VPkHKyn6ciexKMbRAg61Mijlj8IZotKfIN4/edit?usp=drivesdk
01:37:16
October 15, 2020
(Special Episode) The Performing Arts During a Pandemic (with Renee Chambers Liciaga)
Andrew's former director, Renee Chambers Liciaga is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performing arts educator who speaks to how to approach the performing arts during the pandemic. She discusses how she choreographed Disney's Tarzan outside at the Elmwood Zoo in Norristown, PA. For access to her photos and videos please use this link: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1NV6OlPu50SyedivD195Ua_vfx9llReJW
01:02:21
October 8, 2020
If It's Not Awkward, It's Not Anthropology with Shweta Krishnan
The Ivory Tower Boiler Room welcomes our fourth guest, Shweta Krishnan, PhD candidate in Anthropology at George Washington University. Shweta is doing her field work on the revival movement surrounding DonyiPolo, a religion centered in the Northeast-Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. She also talks more generally about how bafflingly difficult it can be to do anthropological research in a way that is respectful towards the people you are writing about. Below, you will find a glossary of terms and a bibliography; this is a new feature which, we are pleased to announce, will henceforth be part of our offering each week. We are aware of the fact that each specialized field has its own vocabulary and we hope that listing some of the terms we use in the course of the podcast will make it easier for non-specialists to follow along, and to explore further if they so choose. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nRFIR5SPapwLc6F3zS4wtyqRlFEk9XgjDOiPy4UF5I0/edit?usp=sharing
01:34:37
October 1, 2020
Queer People in Shared Spaces with Stephanie Bonvissuto
Stephanie’s research explores how culture grows out of shared spaces, and in particular how queer and gender-nonconforming people have been excluded from those spaces. Join us from the Ivory Tower Boiler Room with Stephanie Bonvissuto, a scholar from Stony Brook's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Check out Stephanie's next virtual discussion at the Gender Conference in NYC (October 22 and October 23, gender conference.nyc).
01:35:24
September 23, 2020
Surviving a PhD Program in the U.S. with Shruti Mukherjee
PhD wisdom says don't change your dissertation committee. Shruti from Stony Brook's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has changed hers. Twice. Join us in the Ivory Tower Boiler Room to hear her story and learn how frustrating it is for an international student in an American PhD program. For more information about the following authors referenced please check out these links: bell hooks: http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com/ Jasbir Puar: https://womens-studies.rutgers.edu/faculty/core-faculty/143-jasbir-puar Jennifer Nash: https://scholars.duke.edu/person/Jennifer.Nash
01:21:10
September 16, 2020
Literary History from a Non-European Perspective with Ignacio Choi
Join us in the Ivory Tower Boiler Room as we welcome Ignacio Choi, a scholar of Comparative Literature.
01:05:50
September 9, 2020
Welcome to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room
Join Andrew Rimby and Adam Katz as they explore their PhD process from the boiler room. Helene Meyers' "Public Scholar, Beware" https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/04/11/risks-and-rewards-engaging-public-scholarship-opinion
58:05
August 14, 2020
Trailer
In the ivory tower, the elevator is broken. The staircases are locked. And we are broadcasting from the basement.
00:32
August 11, 2020