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Kawergosk: Home Made of Cloth - The Roundtable Perspective 317 w/Guest Elizabeth Wuerffel
Hip-Hop and Culture - The Roundtable Perspective 318
w/Guest George Villanueva

Elizabeth Wuerffel, Associate Professor of Art at Valparaiso University and documentary filmmaker joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the plight of Syrian refugees in Iraq as well as her documentary and experience making it in this troubled region.

George Villanueva, Associate Professor of Advocacy and Social Change at Loyola University Chicago joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the rise of hip hop music and the impact on culture and the changes in modern times.

Star Wars and Religion - The Roundtable Perspective 319 w/Guest Russell Johnson
Olive Oil: The Story of Palestine - The Roundtable Perspective 315 w/Guest Lila Sharif

IRussell Johnson, Divinity Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D. to discuss the films in the Star Wars franchise and how they relate to stories of mythology and religion.

Lila Sharif, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss Palestine’s struggle to be recognized and how exporting olive oil is one way to keep the history of the region in the minds of Americans.

Black Girlhood - The Roundtable Perspective 302
w/Guest Ruth Nicole Brown

Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Indiana University Northwest, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss how economists view students as human capital in their socioeconomic models and how those statistics may be altered by outside factors not figured into their analyses.

Collective Memory - The Roundtable Perspective 310
w/Guest Margarita Saona

Margarita Saona, Ph.D., Head of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the effects of collective memory and how it can be reconstructed from events that were not necessarily witnessed. Dr. Saona is the author of the book “Memory Matters in Transitional Peru”.

The Fallacy of “Post-Conflict” in Colombia - The Roundtable Perspective 308 w/Guest Elizabeth Lozano

Elizabeth Lozano, Ph.D., Director of Communication Studies at Loyola University Chicago, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss her autoethnography as qualitative research in Colombia’s alleged post-conflict era.

Sanitization of Martin Luther King Jr. - The Roundtable Perspective 217 w/Guest Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris, Ph.D. an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Chicago State University, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss how Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism and body of work has been sanitized in the modern era.

Shakespeare's Rosalind - The Roundtable Perspective 218 w/Guest Paul Hecht
Protest and public history in Chicago - The Roundtable Perspective 219 w/Guest Rachel Boyle

Paul Hecht, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Purdue University Northwest, joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D. to discuss the Elizabethan character Rosalind, and her importance in Shakespeare’s works as well as the works of others. Dr. Hecht is in the process of writing a biography of this character and how she influenced characters in literary history.

Rachel Boyle, Ph.D., public historian and co-founder of Omnia History, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the history of protest and public interest in Chicago and the changing roles of a historian in modern context.

Plight of the Pioneer Woman - The Roundtable Perspective 224 w/Wendy St. Jean
Cartoons in the Postwar Era - The Roundtable Perspective 208 w/Guest Dan Bashara

Wendy St. Jean, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at Purdue Northwest, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the life of pioneer women and contrast that with the life of Native American Chickasaw Nation women in the same era.

Dan Bashara, Ph.D., Instructor of Cinema and Media Studies at DePaul University, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss American animation and design in the postwar era. Dr. Bashara has written extensively on the cartoons of United Productions of America and how their unique style and modernism helped shape the creative landscape of the nation.

Urban Social Change - The Roundtable Perspective 210 w/Guest George Villanueva

George Villanueva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss urban planning and development and social change in the current economic climate.

The Roundtable Perspective 115 - Elizabeth Lozano

Elizabeth Lozano, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss the changing face of militarization in Columbia and the continuing conflict between what is perceived by those living in the country versus what is seen in the media. Dr. Lozano has spent much of the past decade discussing the nonviolent resistance movement in the Colombian Peace Community.

The Epidemic of Human Trafficking with Charles Hounmenou - The Roundtable Perspective 122
Garbology - The Roundtable Perspective 127

Charles Hounmenou, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D. to discuss human trafficking and the exploitation of women in the US. Dr. Hounmenou was a principal investigator of a recent comparative study on child prostitution in West Africa and has spent years examining the human traffic epidemic.

Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist joins special guest host Karen Bishop Morris, Ph.D. and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at Purdue Northwest, Dr. Ralph O. Mueller, to discuss Humes’ book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash. Humes discusses how much garbage Americans create and what possible solutions there are to reduce, recycle and reuse.

Visual Narrative and Trauma Recovery - The Roundtable Perspective 214

Robin Hoecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism at DePaul University, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss visual narratives and its role in recovery as a process. Dr. Hoecker has studied the effect of visual representations in Peruvian government reform.

The Roundtable Perspective 104 - Dr. Kim Scipes

Dr. Kim Scipes, Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Northwest, joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D to discuss his experiences teaching Qualitative Research Methods at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during the summer of 2017. Dr. Scipes also explains how globalization has caused changes in places like Vietnam and how it influenced his most recent book “Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization”.

The Roundtable Perspective 103 - Gary Mills

Pinnacle Performance Company co-founder G. Riley Mills joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D to discuss his book, "The Pin Drop Principle," and how CEOs can better convey their message by changing how they communicate. Mills has experience teaching communication through an actor’s approach and has taught his unique methods around the globe.

The Roundtable Perspective 102 - W.F. Santiago-Valles

Dr. W.F. Santiago-Valles, professor emeritus in Africana Studies at Western Michigan University joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D to discuss African Diaspora, the consequences of globalization and the effect on Caribbean culture. During his time as director of the Race & Ethnic Relations Institute, Dr. Santiago-Valles conducted research on power inequities in race and the lasting ramifications of globalization.

The Roundtable Perspective 101- Dr. Catherine M. Gillotti- Bad News Delivery in Healthcare

Dr. Catherine M. Gillotti an Associate Professor of Communication at Purdue University Northwest joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D to discuss the delivery of bad news from an emotional, ethical, and humanistic approach. Dr. Gillotti has done research focusing on the doctor-patient relationship with respect to health outcomes and is currently researching the effect of how bad news delivery correlates to treatment and survival.

The Roundtable Perspective 112 - Pemon Rami Part 2
The Roundtable Perspective 107 - Tony Sindone

Pemon Rami, an international film director and creative activist once again joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. to discuss his career as one of the African American pioneers of cinema. Pemon Rami explains his most recent films, 93 Days, which was shot in Nigeria and tells the story of a Nigerian physician who played a key role in the containment of Ebola in Nigeria.

Tony Sindone, Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance and Economic Development at Purdue University Northwest joins host Lee Artz, Ph.D. for a spirited debate on economic policy and the value of money. Mr. Sindone has the unique philosophy that currency is a social construct but may not represent reality.


Standing Rock | The Calumet Roundtable - 305

Guests Dr. Eve Bottando and Jessica Renslow discuss their new documentary exploring the Standing Rock protests and the connection to Northwest Indiana.


Classical Music w/ Maestro Kirk Muspratt | The Calumet Roundtable - 302
Chicago Radio w/ Bobby Skafish | The Calumet Roundtable - 301

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.

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.

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 its 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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?”



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.”

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.

The Future of Labor Unions | The Calumet Roundtable - 274
Humanity & World Citizens | The Calumet Roundtable - 272

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



A Discussion with Ken Bronowski | The Calumet Roundtable - 261
Social Class w/ Dr. William Pelz | The Calumet Roundtable - 256

In this episode, host Tom Roach, Ph.D sits down with Ken Bronowski, former member of the band Skafsh and accomplished musician in the Chicagoland area to discuss his career in music and art. Bronowski has played all over the globe in large and small venues and has created a variety of music and artwork that is considered one a kind.

In this episode Dr. William Pelz discusses the struggles that "middle" and "lower" classes have. He explains the various differences between capitalism and it's effect on social classes. Host, Lee Artz, Ph.D. asks him about his new book and the impact of Eugene V. Debs and socialism.

History of Birth Control | The Calumet Roundtable - 255

In this episode, host Thomas Roach Ph.D. sits down with Kathleen Tobin, Ph.D. to discuss the importance of birth control in society and in particular in American culture. Dr. Tobin explains the strife that women had to go through to get birth control and how even today there are many groups that seek to stop women from being able to obtain affordable health care and birth control.

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