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Fall 2016


Classical Music w/ Maestro Kirk Muspratt | The Calumet Roundtable - 302


They say the classics never die and that's certainly the belief of Kirk Muspratt, acclaimed conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony. As a former Chicagoan of the Year, Kirk continues to spread his love of classical music and the arts with every breath he takes. In this episode, host Tom Roach, Ph.D., discusses with the Maestro just what it takes to keep classical music alive and vibrant.

Code Pink's Madea Benjamin | The Calumet Roundtable - 300


“The Calumet Roundtable,” as our guest Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, and our host Dr. Lee Artz, Professor of Communications and Media Studies at Purdue University Northwest discuss the launch of Code Pink which was established after the 9/11 in 2002. The Code Pink is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and support peace and militarism as well. They discuss Saudi Arabia bombing in Country of Yemen, and why the U.S. has responsibility for this terrific attack.

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize | The Calumet Roundtable - 298


Bob Dylan recently won the Nobel Prize for literature. This episode is a discussion about the implications of a songwriter winning the Nobel Prize for literature and if Dylan's work in song is worthy of such a distinction. Host Thomas J Roach, PhD. is joined by guest Dr. Ronald Corthell as they debate the merits of Dylan's body of work and it's impact on society. They discuss the strife that has arisen from Dylan's nomination. Dr. Tom Roach and Dr. Ronald Corthell conclude the discussion with who might be the next nomination of Nobel Prize in Literature.

Importance of Poetry w/ Michael Dobberstein | The Calumet Roundtable - 296


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Tom Roach, interviews guest Dr. Michael Dobberstein, Associate Professor of English at Purdue University Northwest. Specializing in aesthetics, Dr. Dobberstein talks about the importance of poetry to humanity and discuss the meanings behind various poems. Dr. Dobberstein reads various works including Wallace Stevens, Robert Pinsky, and Jared Carter. In this episode, learn what you can gain from reading poetry and the messages it portrays.

Presidential Election 2016 | The Calumet Roundtable - 294


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Tom Roach, interviews guest Dr. Dan Dunn, Professor of Communication at Purdue University Northwest. Specializing in political rhetoric, Dr. Dunn predicts the 2016 Presidential Election between Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Candidate Donald Trump. Trump's chances don't look good according to many polls, but he has a certain element that continues to support him.

Chicago Radio w/ Bobby Skafish | The Calumet Roundtable - 301


On this episode of the Calumet Roundtable, Chicago Radio Personality Bobby Skafish talks about his decades in radio and rich history of musicians from the region. From the Crying Shames to the Buckinghams to the Smashing Pumpkins, host Tom Roach, Ph.D and Bobby Skafish take a deeper look at the music scene in Chicago through the years.

Trump's Recent Gaffes and the State of the Presidential Election | The Calumet Roundtable - 299


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Tom Roach, interviews guest Dr. Dan Dunn, Professor of Communication at Purdue University Northwest, specializing in political rhetoric. Dr. Dunn discuss the release of the Billy Bush tape. The conversation continues by discussing how Trump handled the issue which made more publicity. Dr. Dan ties Trump’s behavior into 1960 presidential election debate with Kennedy and Nixon. They compare differences in their behavior. The events leading up to the election are a focal point throughout the interview, as well as, predictions of the winner.

Crisis in Syria with Joe Jamison | The Calumet Roundtable - 297


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Lee Artz, interviews Joe Jamison, member of the US Peace Council. They discuss his experience in Syria as it relates to the conflict in Syria. They continue the conversation by discussing the role of the United States and the humanitarian effort, as well as stabilizing the region. Joe Jamison highlights his past experiences in Syria and how the United States plays a role in the situation. Dr. Lee Artz digs deeper into the background of Syria and Jamison’s experience in the region.

Academic Publishing w/ Dr. Rob Hallock | The Calumet Roundtable - 295


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Tom Roach interviews Dr. Robert Hallock, Associate Professor of Psychology at Purdue University Northwest. They discuss what it takes to be an academic publisher. It's been said that Dr. Robert Hallock has a "golden" touch of being published and gives tips on how to get academic articles published. In addition, he reveals how his fascination of mushrooms and how otters smell have landed him numerous publications. Hallock details his findings and explains the ins and outs of publishing.

The Electoral Process w/ Dr. Dick Simpson | The Calumet Roundtable - 293


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Lee Artz, interviews Dr. Dick Simpson, Department Head of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago. They discuss the assessments of what elections mean and the state of the electoral process. In addition, they also discuss what the electoral process looks like from an inside political perspective, and how to conquer the election process today versus 50 years ago.

Gary, Indiana - An Inspiration for Art | The Calumet Roundtable - 292


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Lee Artz, interviews Tyler Bush, author of the children’s book, Gary Is a Fish. Dr. Artz and Tyler Bush have a conversation about Bush’s experience of working in the community of Gary, IN as well as his graduate work at Purdue University Calumet.

Spring 2016


Venezuelan Media & Hugo Chavez w/ Katrina Kozarek | The Calumet Roundtable - 291


On this episode of "The Calumet Roundtable," host Tyler Bush, graduate teaching assistant at Purdue University Calumet, and guest Katrina Kozarek, communal media activist and documentary filmmaker, discuss the U.S. and Venezuelan coverage of the attempted coup d'état of Hugo Chavez in 2002 and the emergence of alternative community media in Venezuela as a result. Kozarek says that after seeing media manipulation in the U.S. she felt the need to take the camera into her own hands. Bush and Kozarek discuss media as communication versus media as manipulation, representations of women in Venezuelan media, and how to motivate people to move away from capitalist ideals.

Green Capitalism w/ Jerry Harris | The Calumet Roundtable - 288


Jerry Harris, National Secretary of the Global Studies Association, analyze the issues of the environmental problems such as global warming and the decrease of natural resources. The main issue that is discussed within the episode is the economic market and how the market could be fixed more beneficially to aid the world environmentally.

Heuristic Problem Solving vs. Rational Problem Solving | The Calumet Roundtable - 286


On this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” guest David Pick, Professor of Psychology, talks about his own personal study on horses and the difference of heuristic and rational problem-solving. Pick uses different colors to test a horse’s reaction whether it be more attracted to the colors or more distant from the colors. He also uses his research to help evaluate why an individual may pick a specific candidate when voting compared to the opposing candidate.

Dance as Philosophical Literature | The Calumet Roundtable - 284


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Dr. Tom Roach, and guest Dr. Renee Conroy, professor of Philosophy specializing in aesthetics and metaphysics, discuss the aesthetics of dance. Conroy received a Fulbright Award in 2014 for a project titled “Recovering the Moving Past: Philosophy and Dance Reconstruction; Philosophical Issues in Dance Performance.”

Media in Venezuela w/ Jesus Rodriguez | The Calumet Roundtable - 290


On this episode of "The Calumet Roundtable," Jesus Rodriguez, Consul General for Venezuela in Chicago, discuss the media in Venezuela as well as political unrest in the country. Rodriguez was a part of the alternative media movement in Venezuela in 2002. This movement started because the people thought the mass media in Venezuela did not properly cover the coup de'tat attempt on Hugo Chavez. Roach and Rodriguez also talk about the portrayal of Venezuela in the United States in 2014 during and after protests in Venezuela by right-wing groups. Roach asks Rodriguez whether the government has a hand in what the media reports.

Telenovelas in Brazil and Latin America | The Calumet Roundtable - 287


Guest Samantha Joyce, Professor of Mass Communication at Indiana University South Bend, brings up the topic and issue of gender and equality issues in Brazil and Latin America. Joyce talks about the many problems that citizens of Brazil and Latin America live with every day and the troubles they live with. One of the points brought up is the Telenovelas, a series of serious television shows that show real-life events that occur for everyday people of Brazil and Latin America.

French Music in 1960s and 1970s | The Calumet Roundtable - 285


On this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” the topic of French music culture in the 1960s and 1970s is evaluated by guest Jonathyne Briggs, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest. A comparison between American and French music culture is discussed with important figures such as The Beatles and Elvis Presley are brought up to contrast the differences between the two cultures at the time.

Trust in Law Enforcement | The Calumet Roundtable - 283


This week’s discussion with Howard Cohen, professor of philosophy and chancellor emeritus of Purdue University Calumet, centers on the moral dimension of police work. Cohen co-wrote a book titled “Power & Restraint: The Moral Dimension of Police Work” (Praeger, 1991) with Michael Feldberg in which they discuss the responsibilities police have in accepting the authority to govern society. Host Tom Roach, asks Cohen to explain the system of ethical standards discussed in his book: fair access, public trust, safety and security, teamwork, and objectivity. Roach compares police work the public sees in movies to real-life police work, asking if the public really trusts the police. ​

The History of the Guitar in Music | The Calumet Roundtable - 282


In this episode of “The Calumet Roundtable,” host Tom Roach, talks guitars and history with guitar expert Ken Bronowski, continuing lecturer at Purdue University Northwest. Bronowski has toured with The Police and was a member of the band Skafish in the 1980s. He asks, “Where did guitars come from?” “Why did guitars become so popular?” and “How did they come to America?”

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