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Fall 2015


The Unique History of Gary, Indiana | The Calumet Roundtable - 281


Jerry Davich, columnist for the Post-Tribune, and host Tom Roach, discuss the history of Gary, Indiana, and the accuracy of Gary’s longtime reputation in this must-watch episode of “The Calumet Roundtable.”

Stereotyping in Media w/ Dr. Theresa Carilli | The Calumet Roundtable - 279


This week on “The Calumet Roundtable,” join host Tom Roach as he welcomes guest Dr. Theresa Carilli, media scholar, playwright, and professor at Purdue University Calumet. As an author of a number of anthologies regarding depictions and representations in the media, Carilli provides unique insight as the two discuss stereotypes and the need for counterbalancing images in the media. Both host and guest dive into their own cultural backgrounds and discuss their opinions on representations in successful films such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Carilli’s interest in “performance as a technique” as well as “nostalgia as a language”.

Fandom Discussion w/ Dr. Paul Booth | The Calumet Roundtable - 280


Join us as your host Lee Artz welcomes Paul Booth, Ph.D., associate professor of Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University, to "The Calumet Roundtable." The scholars discuss fandom, social media, and what it means to be a fan. Booth discusses two types of fans and answers the question, "Is fandom lazy?" Find out why some movies bomb at the box office, while others swim in success, and what makes "Supernatural" and "Star Trek" enticing to fans. Grab some friends, and join the conversation. Be a proud fan of "The Calumet Roundtable"! We saved you a seat.

Preview of the 2016 Presidential Election | The Calumet Roundtable - 278


Don’t miss this week’s episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” in which guest Dan Dunn and host Tom Roach discuss the candidates of the upcoming presidential election. Dunn discusses the outcome of the presidential debates and how media coverage of the candidates affects their campaigns. He compares historical presidential elections to the current situation. Dunn and Roach also discuss Donald Trump’s extensive media coverage, and Dunn gives his prediction for the 2016 presidential election. You’ll have to watch to find out who he picks!

Homo Naledi w/ Dr. David Green | The Calumet Roundtable - 277


In his first ever televised interview, Dr. David Green sits down with our host Dr. Lee Artz to discuss the discovery of a new hominid species in South Africa, called “Homo Naledi," which is said to be of human relation. Green was a part of the research team in this groundbreaking discovery and shares his experience with us on “The Calumet Roundtable."

Globalization w/ Benoît Vermander | The Calumet Roundtable - 276


In this week’s episode, Dr. Thomas Roach sits down with guest Benoît Vermander to discuss globalization and social responsibility in China. Benoît Vermander’s extensive research on religions in China, art and spirituality, and sustainable development in Asia gives much input to the topic of conversation. The scholars’ discussion introduces China’s developmental model and social responsibility integration, social standards in the workforce, a comparison of China’s developmental stance to the United States in the early 1960s, and more. In 2014, Guest Benoît Vermander published a book entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility” in China at World Scientific, Singapore.

Media & the Public Interest w/ Dr. Eve Bottando | The Calumet Roundtable - 275


Do your #selfie a favor, and join the conversation as your host Dr. Lee Artz welcomes Dr. Eve Bottando to "The Calumet Roundtable"! Engaging her students by meeting them where they are just one part of Bottando’s strategy to encourage them to participate in the creation of their communities. Google’s process of digitizing libraries under the aesthetic of public interest is compared to Brewster Kahle’s publicly accessible Internet Archive. Further addressing her concern for media and the public interest, Bottando poses the question, “What does the cultural uptake of selfies do?” Artz challenges the power of the selfie as a political statement, stating the expressive, yet self-indulgent act is a limiting way of being human.

The Future of Labor Unions | The Calumet Roundtable - 274


In this week’s episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” Dr. Thomas Roach and Dr. Heath W. Carter discuss themes from Carter’s recent book “Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago,” as well as the connection between organized religion and labor movements in the United States, the history of working people’s relationships with churches, and the Bible in relation to the American working class. The future of labor unions is also a topic of discussion.

Digital Humanities w/ Dr. Steven Jones | The Calumet Roundtable - 273


This week on “The Calumet Roundtable,” guest Dr. Steven Jones chats with host Dr. Lee Artz about the meaning and history of digital humanities, the constraints and possibilities of Twitter, and Loyola University’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. They also discuss Dr. Jones’ upcoming book “Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards.” The book is about Italian Jesuit scholar Roberto Busa’s work with IBM in what many people say was the founding of humanities computing. Jones uses Busa’s papers, the IBM archives, and other sources to explore Busa’s work from 1949 to 1959.

Humanity & World Citizens | The Calumet Roundtable - 272


In Episode 1 of the new season, Dr. Thomas Roach sits down with Marisa Garcia-Verdugo to discuss “What it means to be human,” as it relates to the discovery of the new world in 1492. Garcia-Verdugo is highly accredited in Hispanic studies, literature, and linguistics, adding great input to the conversation. The two scholars also touch on other topics such as students learning to become world citizens and the importance of cross-cultural exchanges.

Spring 2015


The Welcome Project w/ Allison Schuette & Liz Wuerffel | The Calumet Roundtable - 271


In this episode Allison Schuette and Liz Wuerffel join host, Dr. Lee Artz, to discuss the "Welcome Project" and focus on the engaging the community and the process of expanding interactions between students, teachers and those within the community. The project is the study of "belonging" and the difference of views by students from around the globe.

The Technology of Cell Phones | The Calumet Roundtable - 269


Besma Smida, Ph.D, joins host Tom Roach, Ph.D to discuss the rapid changing of the cellular phone industry. How the technology has transformed our lives and how some ways it's invaded our privacy. Dr. Smida is an Associate Professor at UIC specializing in electrical & computer engineering. They delve into how the cell phone has changed the lives of people around the world and how it's driving innovation within the field of computer sciences.


Ecosystems w/ Meredith Nevers | The Calumet Roundtable - 270


In this episode, Dr. Lee Artz sits down with Meredith Nevers, a microbial biologist to discuss the various changes in ecosystems. Meredith Nevers explains her experience within the field and how Indiana's ecosystem has changed as well as the global changes within the past few decades. The discussion of science and the media's understanding of it permeates this episode.

Muslim Theater & Film | The Calumet Roundtable - 268


In this episode, Lee Arts, Ph.D sits down with Dr. George Potter to discuss the history and influence of Muslim Theater and Film. They examine the cultural differences between traditional American cinema and the films of Muslim nations. Dr. George Potter explains the importance of these films to our society and to understanding cultural differences across the globe.

Charlie Hebdo Attack | The Calumet Roundtable - 267


Dr. Tom Roach and Dr. Lee Artz discuss the issues concerning the attacks on the satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and the issues concerning the French paper itself. One of the things they focus in on as the differences between these satirical cartoons and general public debate and discussion.

Poetry's Many Forms | The Calumet Roundtable - 265


In this episode, guest host Professor Francour-Schmidt interviews Dr. Michael Dobberstein over his career as a poetry student and professor. They discuss the differences between reading poetry and reciting poetry. Dr. Dobberstein explains why poetry can be perceived differently depending on how it's heard.

Social Relations & Stratification | The Calumet Roundtable - 263


In this episode, Dr. Alan Spector, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D to discuss social and racial relations in places like India and Tanzania. They examine how the cultures of these countries effect the growth of different relations and Dr. Spector explains exactly what stratification is and how it's had a lasting effect on the global culture.


The Violent Season | The Calumet Roundtable - 266


 In this episode, host Tom Roach, Ph.D talks with Dr. Raymond Gleason about his book "The Violent Season". They examine the subject of the book, the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the people who had tours of duty during that difficult time. Dr. Gleason sheds some light on how the "grunts" saw the war from the ground up.

Life of Belgian Women & Culture | The Calumet Roundtable - 264


In this episode, host Tom Roach, Ph.D. with Tanya Stabler Miller, Ph.D about 13th century Belgian women. She explains how these women were inspired by the gospels and went to educate and help those in poverty. These women take this upon themselves and have come through as a result of productive city structures.

News Integrity & Accuracy | The Calumet Roundtable - 262


In this episode hosts Tom Roach, Ph.D. and Lee Artz, Ph.D. discuss the effect the media has had on news coverage and how much a profit has disrupted the integrity of news as it relates to accuracy and research. They examine Brian Williams NBC news anchor, who conflated a story about his participation in an attack during the Iraq war.​

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