OpenBook: An English Dept. Podcast

OpenBook An English Department Podcast with books in the background

In this series of podcasts, Undergraduate Department Representatives from English and Creative Writing are interviewing professors, to help students get to know the faculty better both as scholars and as people. Listen to these podcasts to hear a little bit more about your professors than you may learn in the classroom!

 

Episode 1: Ulka Anjaria

Many students know that Ulka Anjaria teaches classes on topics ranging from realism to coming of age stories to Bollywood film. But did you know that she's been to over 40 countries? Or that she imagines that she'd be a high school math teacher if she weren't an English professor? Or that she's a self-proclaimed "Red Sox fanatic"? Hear about all that and more in this podcast, in which UDRs Peter and Rachel interview her!

 

Episode 2: John Burt

Long-time English professor John Burt doesn't just teach courses about Southern literature and war novels. Hear about how he studied biochemistry and was almost a doctor, his faith in the humanities, and why he has a tie with his Abraham Lincoln book cover on it. Learn about all that and more as UDR's Rebecca and Sarah interview John Burt! 

 

Episode 3: Billy Flesch

Undergraduate Advising Head and English Professor William Flesch discusses books worthy of re-reading, his long-time passion for teaching, and his "misspent youth" (he was almost an English and Mathematics double-major). Have you ever wondered what Prof. Flesch really thinks about anchovies? Listen and learn as UDRs Rebecca and Rachel interview him!

 

Episode 4: Ramie Targoff

UDR’s Rebecca and Hannah interview Ramie  Targoff, Professor of English, co-chair of Italian Studies, and Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities. Professor Targoff discusses what it’s like to be a woman in academia, her path to teaching English, playing the cello, and more!

 

Episode 5: David Sherman

Professor David Sherman teaches courses on topics ranging from modernism to storytelling performance to romantic comedy. But did you know that he's seen every episode of Rick and Morty? Or that he is a fan of street art? Or that he—gasp—hates the Patriots? In this episode of OpenBook: An English Department Podcast, UDR Peter sits down with Professor Sherman to discuss all this and more!

Episode 6: Stephen McCauley

Steve McCauley: Professor, author, ice skater, and former travel agent. UDRs Sarah and Rachel ask Steve his thoughts on the literary scene, books he'd like to write, and more. Listen for pros and cons on traveling and living in an isolated cottage, as well as a surprise appearance by Liz Bradfield!