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TransyPods: Learn You a Thing with Dr. Steve Hess

Learn You a Thing Episode 1: Dr. Steve Hess Explains Chinese Politics Listen on Soundcloud Transcript TRISTAN REYNOLDS: Hi. Welcome to the Learn You a Thing podcast. I’m Rambler editor in chief, Tristan Reynolds. In each episode, I’m going to talk to an expert about their expertise, and by the end of it, we’ll all be smarter. This week, Dr. Steven Hess explains politics in China. [MUSIC PLAYING] So I’m here with Dr. Steve Hess who is an expert on Chinese politics. And as a mark of respect for that expertise, I’m going to ask you to explain Chinese politics in 30 seconds from a 3,000 foot level. STEVE HESS: OK. Well, when you’re looking at Chinese politics, you look at the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. You know, the fact that China functioned as a Communist single party state from then until the present. But that doesn’t really tell you the whole story. We’ve seen China really evolve from Maoism from 1949 all the way up to 1976, which you had a totalitarian state, mass campaigns. People lived and breathed politics. You know, the party was really intrusive and controlled every part of your life up until the late 1970s in which China has maintained that same single party political structure, but has implemented market reforms. And so we still have this same basic political structure in which you have a single party state led

TransyPods: Interview with Dr. Bethany Packard

Tristan Reynolds ’19 in conversation with Dr. Bethany Packard about her focus on the early modern period of English literature. Listen on Soundcloud Transcript SPEAKER: Welcome to another Campus Conversation– Discussions with Transylvania University Faculty, highlighting their interest, passions, and pursuits. Here is Tristan Reynolds. TRISTAN REYNOLDS: I’m here with Dr. Bethany Packard who is an English professor here at Transy, focusing on the early modern period of English language literature. What is that, exactly? BETHANY PACKARD: The early modern period and what people consider it to be can vary depending on your discipline. As I’ve, for example, if I were in French literature or history, I might extend the time period a little later. So in English literature, the early modern has come to be the standard term that’s used often for 16th and 17th century literature. It’s sort of become the replacement for the Renaissance. So before I entered graduate school, in the past, the more common term– and a term that’s still used quite a lot interchangeably with early modern– is Renaissance when you’re talking about the English Renaissance. Of course, the people who work on Italian and even some northern European folks might differ with that. But over time, that term has shifted. But if I were working in, like I said, something like French literature, I might extend that into the 18th century or I might extend it a little bit earlier. So it’s kind

TransyPods: Interview with Dr. Avery Tomkins

Griffin Cobb chats with Bingham Diversity Scholar, Dr. Avery Tompkins about his research on gender and how it relates to issues at TU. Listen on Soundcloud Transcript [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: Welcome to another Campus Conversation, discussions with Transylvania University faculty, highlighting their interests, passions, and pursuits. Here is Griffin Cobb. GRIFFIN COBB: I’m here with Dr. Avery Tompkins, who is the Bingham Diversity Scholar and an assistant professor of sociology here at Transylvania. And we’re going to talk about the role of gender at Transy as well as his research into gender in general. So the first thing I want to ask is, how do we define gender, and how should we? AVERY TOMPKINS: OK, so I think that this is a question that’s difficult to answer. So people in general would probably say that gender is social– there’s a social aspect to that– and that it encompasses things like how people see their own sense of self and then also how others perceive them. So people may choose their gender or feel that they are a gender that might be man, or woman, or trans, or genderqueer, or some other gender that probably people would loosely put under transgender, even if people do not necessarily use that word to describe themselves. But in general, gender’s just how people feel about themselves and then also how people perceive them. Usually, gender– like for cisgender people, non-transgender people– it’s like

TransyPods: Interview with Dr. Gregory Partain

Tristan Reynolds ’19 talks “piano-side” with Transylvania University music professor, pianist-composer Dr. Gregory Partain. Listen on Soundcloud Transcript [PIANO MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: Welcome to another campus conversation, discussions with Transylvanian University faculty highlighting their interests and pursuits. Here is Tristan Reynolds. [PIANO MUSIC PLAYING] TRISTAN REYNOLDS: So I’m here with Gregory Partain in his office. And we’re going to talk about his career as a piano player, as a composer, and as a professor here at Transy. The piece you just listened to was Scarlatti’s Sonata in A Major. GREGORY PARTAIN: It was originally written for harpsichord, and he wrote 600 sonatas. There are a lot to choose from, but it’s music that translates extremely well on the piano. And the fast movements, the fast sonatas are just so vivacious, and they’re so much fun to play. Very difficult, too. But this particular one, there’s a famous recording by Vladimir Horowitz, the great 20th century pianist. And I remember listening to this a lot when I was young, that particular piece, and thinking, gosh, if I could ever play like that, how wonderful it would be. So in my adult years, when I was getting ready to make my second CD, I kind of thought it would be fun to go back to this old sonata and see how well I could do with it. TRISTAN REYNOLDS: You talk about picking out this piece for your second CD. When

TransyPods: Interview with Dr. Kerri Hauman

Brandon Trapp 19 Interviews Dr. Kerri Hauman Listen on Soundcloud Transcript SPEAKER 1: Welcome to another campus conversation. Discussions with Transylvania University faculty, highlighting their interests, passions, and pursuits. Here is Brandon Trapp. BRANDON TRAPP: So I’m here with Dr. Kerri Hauman. And we’re going to talk today about the digital liberal arts. So first I want to ask, what is digital liberal arts? KERRI HAUMAN: It’s a loaded question. Of course, academics never like to give straightforward definitions of anything. When I think about the digital liberal arts, I sort of think about it as almost a silly thing, like a silly title, because the digital is already in the liberal arts. And we’re not, like when we’re just talking about liberal arts education without any sort of adjective or other word tacked on the front there, I think the digital is already there. But I think we name it that, because the technology is often sort of invisible, right? There are different course management systems, like Moodle and other things, that are being used. And so the digital is there. But they sort of blend into the background of the larger activity of higher education. And they’re not necessarily the focal point of it. And so I think that’s part of the reason why we give it that full label of digital liberal arts to sort of call to attention the digital that’s there already. I think also,