The Grindstone


Andrew Cutrofello: This Quintessence of Dust, and the Hand That Writ It

Season 3, Ep. 9

We have a special bonus episode of The Grindstone today!

Years ago, Matthew interviewed Dr. Andrew Cutrofello, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, during Dr. Cutrofello's visit to Purdue to give an Illuminations Lecture. We video recorded this interview on 21 November 2013. Consider this a basement tape, a demo of sorts. The audio is a little quiet in places as we converted it from video, and it is definitely unrehearsed, factual errors and all. 

Matthew and Dr. Cutrofello discuss among other topics: Shakespeare's Sonnet 71, the meta-poetics of contemporary and Shakespearean poetry, meta-references to the act of writing in Sonnet 71 and the physical act of writing poetry by hand (i.e., chirographically) vs. with the aide of technology, Hamlet as an interlocutor of philosophers, their favorite film versions of Hamlet and the range of potential and actual performances, Shakespeare in contemporary culture and contemporary culture's relation to Elizabethan culture, and the Shakespeare role they would love most to play.

Dr. Cutrofello's book, All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity, was published by the MIT Press (2014).

You can watch his Illuminations lecture, "On the Idea of Metaphysical Poetry", here.

Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Faithe Day: COVID-19, Race, and the COVID Black Taskforce

Season 4, Ep. 4
In the fourth episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we return to our typical interview format to speak with Dr. Faithe Day, Assistant Director of COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data.We discuss the COVID Black Taskforce, its mission, and how it was formed; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black essential workers; environmental factors in healthcare inequities in communities of color; how COVID Black has responded to the recent murders of Black lives at the hands of white police officers and white civilians; balancing the need for peaceful protests and social activism with the need to remain physically distant and to wear face coverings; and what people can do to support the push for racial equity and to dismantle racist policies.Dr. Faithe Day is the Assistant Director of COVID Black and a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation within the Libraries and School of Information Studies and the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. Dr. Day works on developing curriculum, data collection, and curation projects in collaboration with other scholars to identify critical frameworks and best practices to ensure an ethical and justice-centered approach to data curation, with a focus on Black and LGBTQIA+ community-based data and discourse. Some helpful links are below:COVID Black WebsiteCOVID Black Twitter: @COVIDBLK  Dr. Day's post in the AMSJ Blog "On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19"Thank you to Dr. Day, and thanks for listening!