S04E11 | Diversity in the Geosciences: Hard Questions for Hard Sciences ft Sara Cannon, Leonora King

Listen here. Subscribe! Geosciences are the least diverse of all STEM fields. But is it enough to track statistics about gender and race given the discipline’s colonial, masculinist history? Quantitative scientists experiment with qualitative methods in order to examine experiences at a Canadian geoscience conference. PhDiva Xine interviews marine biologist Sara Cannon and fluvial geomorphologist…

S04E09 | London Calling: PhDiva Xine Will Be a #NewProf

Listen here. Subscribe! PhDiva Xine is moving to London, England as a #NewProf! Liz and Xine catch up after an exhausting spring to talk about Xine’s new position as Lecturer at University College London, differences between STEM and humanities public outreach, illusions of meritocracy — and complicated feelings to kind cliches. “I always knew you would…

S04E07 | Alaska Native Narratives: Interview with Indigenous Filmmaker & Writer Kavelina Torres

Listen here. “Dead, drunk, or dancing”: Kavelina SnowGiggles Torres(Yup’ik/Iñupiaq/Athabascan) seeks to challenge the usual media representations of Indigenous peoples. PhDiva Xine Yao interviews Kavelina about her work as a writer and filmmaker selected for the Sundance NativeLab Fellowship. What can narrative do that documentaries can’t? Yugumalleq/Shades of Life (2014) is currently on exhibit at the Institute of American…

S04E05 | Othello in America: Prof Brigitte Fielder on Race, American Studies, & Academia

Listen here. Subscribe for more! Race is messy, literally and figuratively, as Professor Brigitte Fielder (Wisconsin-Madison) argues in her project on the non-linear transferability of race in nineteenth-century America. Shakespeare’s Othello in America became a minstrel play warning against the dangers of miscegenation — what does it mean with Othello’s blackface makeup begrimes Desdemona? At…