BG Ideas Podcast

BG Ideas is a podcast produced by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) and the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. In each episode, Dr. Jolie Sheffer, the Director of ICS, talks with academics, artists, activists, and other professionals about their work for the public good. We hope our podcast helps listeners learn more about the amazing interdisciplinary work being done in and around the university to help address big social problems.Podcast

Each podcast is researched, written, and edited in part by students, including ICS interns and graduate assistants, as well as sound engineered by students from the School of Media and Communication.

BG Ideas was featured as one of "11 Must-Listen Higher Ed Podcasts" in Volt Magazine!

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Dr. Amilcar Challu and Dr. Chad Iwertz Duffy: COVID and Collaboration

This episode is the start of a four part mini-series focused on the NEH-funded project "Towards a Pedagogy from Crisis." Jolie speaks with project directors Dr. Amílcar Challú, department chair and associate professor of history, and Dr. Chad Iwertz Duffy, an assistant professor in rhetoric and writing. They discuss the important role that interdisciplinary collaboration in the humanities can play in building just and equitable learning--whether online, remote, or in-person.

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Dr. Lauren Salisbury and Dr. Matt Schumann: COVID and Pedagogy

This episode is part two of a mini-series focusing on the NEH-funded project "Toward a Pedagogy from Crisis.” Jolie is joined by Dr. Lauren Salisbury, a graduate of BGSU’s rhetoric and writing PhD program and an online instructor, and Dr. Matt Schumann, who has taught in the department of history. They served as "camp counselors" for a month-long summer program for humanities faculty on adaptive teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis. They discuss the importance of intentionality, reflexivity, and building community in virtual course design.

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 Dr. Rachel Rickard Rebellino and Tiffany Scarola: COVID and Community


This episode is part three of a four part mini-series on the NEH-funded project "Toward a Pedagogy from Crisis.” Jolie speaks with Dr. Rachel Rickard Rebellino, an assistant professor in children’s and adolescent literature, and a “camp counselor” for a month-long summer program for humanities faculty on adaptive teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Tiffany Scarola, an instructor in the University Writing Program, joins to share her experience as a camp attendee. They discuss building just and equitable learning communities within larger, and frequently inequitable, institutions.

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COVID and Tales From the Camp and the Classroom

This episode is the final chapter of a mini-series focusing on the NEH-funded project "Toward a Pedagogy from Crisis.” Stevie Scheurich guest hosts and shares the personal stories of precarity and uncertainty for non-tenure track and contingent faculty members in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These participants discuss how the pandemic brought to light pre-existing crises and economic insecurity within academia and share how they are navigating these challenges as instructors.

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Dr. Steve Cady and Charlie Kanwischer: COVID and Leadership

Jolie speaks with Dr. Steven Cady, the Director of the Institute for Organizational Effectiveness at BGSU, and Professor Charles Kanwischer, Director of the School of Art. They discuss collaborative leadership during times of crisis and the lessons we’ve learned about adaptive teaching, effective communication, and more.

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Dr. Monica Longmore and Dr. Wendy Manning: COVID and Social

Jolie is joined by Dr. Monica Longmore and Dr. Wendy Manning, professors of sociology at BGSU, to discuss their National Science Foundation-funded grant to study social distancing compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss how family bonds are being challenged and redefined in this unprecedented time.

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Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy and Dr. Jyothi Thrivikraman: COVID and Resilience

Jolie is joined by Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, chair of the department of public and allied health and an associate professor of food and nutrition at BGSU, and Dr. Jyothi Thrivikraman, an assistant professor of Global Public Health at Leiden University College in the Netherlands. They discuss their interdisciplinary, international research study of how COVID-19 has impacted the sleep and mental health of college students and offer advice on resiliency in the midst of stress.

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Dr. Sandra Earle and Dani Haynes: COVID and Food Insecurity

Jolie speaks with Dani Haynes, coordinator of student case management at BGSU, and Dr. Sandra Earle, an associate professor of pharmaceutical science at the University of Findlay and a university advocate at BGSU. They discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity for many students and share advocacy strategies to mitigate the stigma, shame, and misinformation around basic needs insecurity on college campuses.

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Dr. Lucy Long and Jerry Reed: COVID and Comfort

Jolie is joined by Dr. Lucy Long, director of the independent Center for Food and Culture and an instructor of American studies, ethnic studies, folklore, and nutrition at BGSU, and Jerry Long, a recent graduate from the MA program in popular cultures studies at BGSU. They discuss their “Finding Comfort/Discomfort Through Foodways” project that examines how comfort food can be meaningful and create meaningfulness in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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