COVIDCalls
EP #481 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: Life and Death in Delta+Omicron w/Cassie Alexander

EP #481 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: Life and Death in Delta+Omicron w/Cassie Alexander

March 23, 2022

My name is Scott Gabriel Knowles, I am a historian of disasters and since March 16, 2020 the host of COVIDCalls, a daily discussion of the pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts.

Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse of fourteen years and author. As Cassandra, she's written the Year of the Nurse: A 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir. As Cassie, she's written numerous paranormal romances, with vampires, werewolves, and dragon-shifters.

EP #480 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: COVID in India w/Aqsa Shaikh and Sonali Vaid

EP #480 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: COVID in India w/Aqsa Shaikh and Sonali Vaid

March 23, 2022

My name is Scott Gabriel Knowles, I am a historian of disasters and since March 16, 2020 the host of COVIDCalls, a daily discussion of the pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts.

Aqsa Shaikh (She /Her) is Associate Professor of Community Medicine at Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi. She is India's First Trans Woman Nodal Officer of Covid Vaccination centre.

Sonali Vaid is a physician and public health specialist. She is the founder of Incluve Labs, an organisation working to improve the quality of healthcare and making care more humane. 

EP #479 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: Disaster Memory w/Christina Simko

EP #479 - 3.16.2022 - Restoring Memory: Disaster Memory w/Christina Simko

March 23, 2022

My name is Scott Gabriel Knowles, I am a historian of disasters and since March 16, 2020 the host of COVIDCalls, a daily discussion of the pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts.

My guest is Christina Simko. Christina Simko is associate professor of sociology at Williams College. Her research focuses on violent pasts and the complexities that they create for identity and narrative. Her first book, The Politics of Consolation: Memory and the Meaning of September 11 (Oxford University Press) received an honorable mention for the Mary Douglas Prize from the American Sociological Association. In addition to her research on 9/11 memory, Simko’s published work has examined the legacies of the 1945 atomic bombings, the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama, and ongoing debates about the future of Confederate monuments. Her current book project, tentatively titled Suffering from Reminiscences, examines several memorials and museums to terrorism and their companion museums as windows onto contemporary trauma culture in the United States.

EP #478 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Visualizing COVID

EP #478 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Visualizing COVID

March 23, 2022

My name is Scott Gabriel Knowles, I am a historian of disasters and since March 16, 2020 the host of COVIDCalls, a daily discussion of the pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts.

Shannon Mattern is Professor at The New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on media architectures and infrastructures and spatial epistemologies. She has written books about libraries, maps, and the history of urban intelligence, and she contributes a column about urban data and mediated spaces to Places Journal. You can find her at wordsinspace.net. 

Heather Schulte is an interdisciplinary artist in Boulder, CO. Her work combines analog textile materials and techniques with digital material and design processes, analyzing the intersection of personal and public forms of language and communication. She received her BFA from the University of NE-Lincoln in 2003.

Jacqueline Wernimont is Distinguished Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement
& Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College

She is an anti-racist, feminist scholar working toward greater justice in digital cultures and a network weaver across humanities, arts, and sciences.

EP #477 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Marked by COVID & Faces of COVID

EP #477 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Marked by COVID & Faces of COVID

March 21, 2022

Alex Goldstein created Faces of COVID. He is currently CEO of the strategic communications firm 90 West, which he founded in 2016 to better serve companies, organizations, and leaders that are making a positive impact on the world -- with a focus on equity, economic mobility, and the climate crisis. 

Kristin Urquiza, is the Co-founder, and Chief Activist of Marked by COVID. Kristin is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where she has a Master of Public Affairs.

EP #476 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: A Pandemic of Racism

EP #476 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: A Pandemic of Racism

March 21, 2022

I’d like to talk about racial justice, disaster recovery, and the pandemic with some of the experts I’ve been honored to get to know these past 2 years. Let me introduce them:

Joy Banner, Ph.D. is the Director of Media and Marketing at Whitney Plantation. She is a native, and resident of Wallace, LA and a descendant of Whitney Plantation. Inspired both by Whitney Plantation’s mission and her desire to help her largely descendant community, Joy returned home to advocate for economic and environmental rights. Joy has recently started the first chapter of “Coming To The Table”, an organization aimed at addressing the legacies of slavery by bringing together descendants of the enslaved and their enslavers. 

Felicia Henry is a licensed social worker and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, where she is also a Bill Anderson Fund Fellow. 

Monica Sanders is the managing director of the Georgetown University Environmental Justice Program. She is the founder of "The Undivide Project", an organization dedicated to addressing the legal and policy changes needed to address the intersections between digital and climate equity. She also teaches Law, Policy and Practice in Disasters and Complex Emergencies at the Georgetown Law Center. 

EP #475 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: The Terrible Springtime

EP #475 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: The Terrible Springtime

March 20, 2022

Zachary Loeb is a PhD candidate whose work looks at the intersection of the history of technology and disaster studies, his dissertation project focuses on Y2K. Since March 16, 2020, he has posted 4 short poems a day (5 days a week) to the Twitter account @plaguepoems (these poems are then compiled into weekly compendiums that are posted at librarianshipwreck.wordpress.com).

EP #474 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: A Performance by John Gorka

EP #474 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: A Performance by John Gorka

March 20, 2022

In 2021 I saw that John Gorka, was performing a virtual concert—so I bought tickets, set up a video projector, and watched him in my living room with my wife and my two boys.  It was a moment of light in a dark time.  So, when it came time to put together Restoring Memory: A COVIDCalls exploration of the first 2 COVID years, I took a chance and reached out—and well, he’s here!

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania.  Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) was a powerful source of education and encouragement early in his career, and he won the New Folk Award in 1984 at Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival. In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has played all over the USA and Europe at hallowed venues like Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage.

EP #473 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Premonitions and Origins

EP #473 - 3.15.2022 - Restoring Memory: Premonitions and Origins

March 20, 2022

For The Conversation TODAY I have three experts—return guests to COVIDCalls—to talk about Premonitions and Origins of COVID-19.

Monica H. Green is a historian of medicine, currently serving as SOO-PEES Suppes Visiting Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University. She specializes in the premodern period and global infectious diseases. She is writing a book on the Black Death that draws on evidence from genetics, archaeology, and historical sources to document the early origin and broad geographic extent of the 2nd Plague Pandemic.

Christos Lynteris is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the anthropological and historical examination of epidemics, zoonosis, epidemiological epistemology, medical visual culture, colonial medicine, and pandemics as events posing an existential risk to humanity.

Jacob Steere-Williams is a historian of epidemic disease at the Colle of Charleston specializing in nineteenth and early-twentieth century Britain and the former British colonies. He is a frequent guest host and contributor to COVIDCalls.

EP #470 - 3.14.2022 - Pandemic Films

EP #470 - 3.14.2022 - Pandemic Films

March 19, 2022

Today I welcome Comparative Literature and Film Studies scholar Alain Cohen to talk about the film Contagion.

Alain J.-J. Cohen is Professor of Comparative Literature and Film Studies at the University of California, San Diego where he has spent his career. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst, member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has single-authored about 100 articles about auteur-filmmakers, text semiotics, or art history, in various journals and book chapters, and presented about 300 papers, nationally and internationally. In his research, teaching and talks, his analysis focuses at the granular interweave of technical prowess and psychological motivation.

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