May 14, 2012

Off the Shelf- Episode 24: From the Molecular World with Alan Rocke


From the Molecular World

My guest today on Off the Shelf is Professor Alan Rocke. Alan is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor here at Case Western Reserve University. He is a historian of science, specializing in the history of the physical sciences during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the development of the science of chemistry and its applications during the course of the nineteenth century, especially in Germany, France, and Great Britain. Alan and I discuss his latest book, entitled From the Molecular World: A Nineteenth Century Science Fantasy, a translation of a work written in the late 19th century by Hermann Kopp.

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Off the Shelf- Episode 24: From the Molecular World with Alan Rocke


From the Molecular World

My guest today on Off the Shelf is Professor Alan Rocke. Alan is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor here at Case Western Reserve University. He is a historian of science, specializing in the history of the physical sciences during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the development of the science of chemistry and its applications during the course of the nineteenth century, especially in Germany, France, and Great Britain. Alan and I discuss his latest book, entitled From the Molecular World: A Nineteenth Century Science Fantasy, a translation of a work written in the late 19th century by Hermann Kopp.

The podcast can be heard by clicking on the play arrow in the blue box below.

In addition, the podcast can be downloaded as an mp3 file or iTunes-friendly m4a version. To download either file, right-click (control-click on the Mac) the link below the player and select "save file as..." When the file is downloaded, you can listen to it with the audio playing software or device of your choice.






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December 14, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 23: Appearance of Print in 18th Century Fiction with Chris Flint


Appearance of Print

Today on Off the Shelf I'm happy to welcome Christopher Flint as my guest. Chris has a new book out from Cambridge University Press entitled The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction. In the book, Chris uses a wide variety of example books, texts, and authors from that era to look at the fluid and dynamic relationship between authors, publishers, printers, booksellers and readers. These various groups had sometimes surprising influence on each other in an age when prose fiction and the novel were being defined and redefined, based on how readers consumed texts, how printers assembled texts, and how writers created texts.

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November 18, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 22:CWRU Farm History with Chris Bond and Ana Locci


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The Case Western Reserve University Farm is a special place for many CWRU people, faculty, staff, alumni and students alike. It's my great privilege to welcome Dr. Ana Locci, director of the farm, and Christopher Bond, horticulturalist, to Off the Shelf. For a special place, it's a special episode. I traveled the short distance from campus to the farm to record the episode, and it's the first time I've had two authors at once. Chris and Ana recently published a photographic history of the CWRU Farm, entitled Case Western Reserve University: Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. Drawing from a rich variety of documents and photographs from the university's archives and personal papers, the book tells the history of these properties and their bequest to and use by the university community, past and present.

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October 26, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 21: Flower of Paradise with David Rothenberg


Flower of Paradise

I'm delighted to welcome David J. Rothenberg to Off the Shelf to discuss his brand new book, The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music, which was published in September of 2011 by the Oxford University Press.

David is an associate professor of musicology here at CWRU, and is the author of a number of highly regarded papers related to the music of the 13th through the 16th century, in which he focuses on musical meaning and connections between music, liturgy and other arts. This view of early music is exactly what he does in The Flower of Paradise, examining the connection and intersection of secular and Marian devotional song. Professor Rothenberg does so on a broad level, and includes examinations of poetry, painting and sculpture, and how those arts related to, were influenced by, and mirrored the music of the age.

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June 22, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 20: Hotel Dreams with Molly Berger


Hotel Dreams

I'm delighted to welcome Molly Berger to Off the Shelf for the 20th episode. Molly is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and instructor of history here at Case Western Reserve University. If you listen in, you'll hear Molly and me discuss her book entitled Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2011. Her book focuses on how luxury hotels in the 19th century have come to represent the complexities of an emerging national urban culture in America.

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April 29, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 19:Captives and Corsairs with Gillian Weiss


Captives and Corsairs

Joining me for episode 19 of Off the Shelf is Gillian Weiss, associate professor of history here at Case Western Reserve University. In this episode, Gillian and I discuss her brand new book entitled Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean published by Stanford University Press in the spring of 2011.

You can read the introduction to Gillian's book at the Stanford University Press website.

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February 10, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 18:The Rise and Fall of the Bible with Tim Beal

The Rise and Fall of the Bible

Returning to Off the Shelf is Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion here at Case Western Reserve University, and prolific author of books and essays on religion and American culture. He joined me previously when we discussed his book Biblical Literacy. For episode 18, I sit down with Tim to discuss his latest book entitled The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.

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November 08, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 17: Sacred Repertories with Peter Bennett

Sacred Repertories in Paris Under Louis XIV

Joining me for episode 17 of Off the Shelf is Peter Bennett. Peter is assistant professor of music here at CWRU and recently the author of Sacred Repertories in Paris Under Louis XIII. In addition to his research interests and teaching schedule, Peter is an active performer, appearing regularly as a continuo player with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra. Indeed, he has just returned from a successful tour with Apollo's Fire during which they performed Monteverdi's Vespers to sold out audiences across the country. And the campus community heard Peter perform on the wonderful Norton Memorial organ in Severance Hall, where he played during the university's fall convocation.

Peter's recordings with Ensemble Dumont, of which he was founder, can be found on the Linn Recordings website. The opening of this episode features a clip of the piece Veni Sponsa Mea from a recording by the ensemble entitled Henri Dumont: Les Litanies De La Vierge.

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November 01, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 16: Ballet Russes Style with Mary Davis

Ballet Russes Style

Returning to Off the Shelf is musicologist, author, and chair of CWRU's Music department, Mary Davis. I'm happy to welcome Mary back to the program. She joined me back in May, 2009 when we discussed her biography of Erik Satie.

Mary's most recent book returns to fin de siecle France and looks at the celebrated Ballet Russes, the troupe's equally celebrated leader Sergei Diaghilev, and the impact he and his group's work had on society and fashion in Paris.

In addition to leading the Music department, Mary is also associate director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and coordinator of, along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the American Music Masters series. This year's event, which kicks off on November 8, 2010, features the music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.

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October 25, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 15: American Literature and the Free Market with Michael Clune

American Literature and the Free Market

With me for episode 15 of Off the Shelf is Michael Clune. Michael is assistant professor of English here at CWRU and specializes in American literature. This is his first semester on campus.

Michael is teaching a course this semester entitled "Genre Studies: Forms of Life". This course was picked by the blog The Daily Beast as one of the top 20 hottest college courses from across the country. The class and its hotness was featured in The Daily here on campus. Michael and I discuss the class during our conversation.

Some of Michael's other writings can be found on the English Department's website.

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The Cambridge University Press website has a portion of Michael's book available as a pdf download to preview.

Additionally, the book's page on Amazon.com has the "Look Inside" feature which allows you to have a look at some of Michael's book.

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October 13, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 14: Final Salute with Jim Sheeler

Final Salute

I'm happy to kick off a new season of Off the Shelf with an interview featuring Professor Jim Sheeler of the English department. Jim is new to campus, recently arrived as the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and New Media.

Jim comes to CWRU from Denver, where he spent many years writing for the Rocky Mountain News. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for the series “Final Salute”, which he then published in book form in 2008 with The Penguin Press as Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives.” In addition, Jim has two other books, Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives, a collection of his writing, and Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers of which he was a co-author.

In addition to our conversation here on Off the Shelf, Jim has been profiled by the campus newsletter The Daily, and by the student run newspaper The Observer.

There are many charities involved in honoring fallen soldiers and those who are left behind. Jim has links to these charities on his own web site.

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April 14, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 13: Green is the Orator with Sarah Gridley

Green is the Orator

It is my great pleasure to present episode 13 of Off the Shelf with my first returning guest, poet and assistant professor of English Sarah Gridley. Sarah's poetry has been published in a long list of prestigious journals and poetry reviews, including the Chicago Review, Crazyhorse, the Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing and Slope.

Sarah joined me in November, 2008 for episode 4 of this program, in which we discussed her book Weather Eye Open, which was published by the University of California Press in 2005. The press clearly couldn't get enough of Sarah's work, and earlier this year published her latest volume in their New Poetry series. The book is entitled Green is the Orator, and will be the topic of our conversation for episode 13.

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April 05, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 12:Black Dogs and Blue Words with Kimberly Emmons

Black Dogs and Blue Words

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Kimberly Emmons to Off the Shelf for episode 12. Kimberly is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition here at Case Western Reserve University.


Kimberly's field of research is medical rhetoric, and as such she has published a wide variety of book chapters and journal articles on various aspects within that field. Her recently published first book Black Dogs and Blue Words: Depression and Gender in the Age of Self-Care appeared in March, 2010 from Rutgers University Press and will be the topic of our conversation.

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November 19, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 11:Biblical Literacy with Tim Beal

Biblical Literacy

Joining me this week for episode eleven of Off the Shelf is Florence Harness Professor of Religion Timothy Beal. Tim is a prolific author and scholar, and his latest book is entitled Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know. The sub-sub title of the book is "The best bits without all the boring bits" which describes it quite clearly. In our conversation, we talk about how the book came about, Tim's fascination with the binding of Isaac and the book of Job, and mermaids.

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October 08, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 10: Triumph of Pleasure, Georgia Cowart

Triumph of Pleasure

My guest for episode ten of Off the Shelf is Professor of Music Georgia Cowart. We discuss her recent book entitled The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle, which was published in 2008 by the University of Chicago Press. The book focuses on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century.

Professor Cowart recently helped curate an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York entitled Watteau, Music, and Theater, which is open from September 22nd through November 29th, 2009. The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site has more information on the exhibition, including links to view the works of art on display, a listing of special events related to the exhibition, a short excerpt from the audio guide which Professor Cowart mentions during our conversation, and much more. The exhibition was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

Georgia also mentions former CWRU Music Department student and current lecturer in the department Debra Nagy and her recording of music of the era, which is available via CDBaby.

The brief piece of music just before our conversation begins is by Lully, his Gigue pour Bacchus from the Ballet de Xerxes written in 1660.

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September 15, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 9: Dissection with James Edmonson

Dissection

I'm happy to kick off season two of Off the Shelf with my guest James Edmonson. Jim is the curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center here at Case Western Reserve University, and is also adjunct associate professor in the Department of History. Jim was co-author of the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930, with John Harley Warner of Yale University. The book came out earlier this year to great critical and popular success. You can listen in to our discussion about the book, the role of cadavers and dissection in American medical education, and more about the Dittrick's collection.

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I'd also like to provide a link to the opening of a new permanent exhibition space at the Dittrick Medical History Center at the Allen Memorial Library, that will feature the Center's Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception. The Center is hosting an accompanying talk and reception that is being held on Thursday, September 17th at 6 pm.


The book Dissection can also be ordered directly from the Dittrick Medical History Center using this order form.

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May 01, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 8: Erik Satie with Mary Davis

Erik Satie

Joining me for this episode of Off the Shelf is Associate Professor of Music Mary Davis. In a conversation riddled with talk of fashion and celebrity, we primarily discuss her book Erik Satie, a biography of the French composer that was published by Reaktion Books in their "Critical Lives" series in 2007.

In addition, we also talk about her critically acclaimed book Classic Chic: Music, Fashion, and Modernism which was published by the University of California Press in 2006.

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April 02, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 7: Ted Gup Nation of Secrets

Nation of Secrets


In this episode of Off the Shelf I have the great pleasure of speaking with Professor Ted Gup from CWRU's Department of English. We discuss his 2007 book Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life, which was published by the Doubleday, and has now come out in paperback.


In addition, I ask Ted for his opinion on the state of journalism, journalism education, and the American newspaper.

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February 27, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 6: Thrity Umrigar and "The Weight of Heaven"

The Weight of Heaven

I'm thrilled to welcome friend, author and associate professor of English Thrity Umrigar for episode 6 of Off the Shelf. In this episode, we discuss Professor Umrigar's newest novel The Weight of Heaven, which will be published by Harper Collins Publishing in April, 2009. I believe that Off the Shelf has a scoop here, with Professor Umrigar's first media appearance in conjunction with the publication of this novel.

The Weight of Heaven is the story of Frank and Ellie Benton, a happily married Midwestern couple whose young son Benny dies of a sudden illness. In their quest to come to terms with what life will be like without their beloved son, Frank accepts a post from his employer in rural India. The novel concerns itself with how Ellie and Frank deal with their grief and try to regain a sense of who they are, both individually and as man and wife, at the same time that they alternatively discover, appreciate and wrestle with life in India.

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February 04, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 5: Proust's Deadline with Christine Cano

Proust's Deadline

Joining me for this episode of Off the Shelf is Associate Professor of French Christine Cano from CWRU's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. We discuss her book Proust's Deadline, which was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006. The book presents a concise history of the publishing and reception of Proust's multi-volume masterpiece In Search of Lost Time.

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November 18, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 4: Poetry with Sarah Gridley

Weather Eye Open

I am happy to welcome Case Western Reserve University Lecturer and Poet in Residence Sarah Gridley to Off the Shelf for episode 4. In the episode, we discuss Sarah's compilation of poems entitled Weather Eye Open, published by the University of California Press in 2005.

During the interview, we discuss influences, during which Sarah reads a poem by Wallace Stevens that had an early and profound effect on her, entitled "The Idea of Order at Key West". This link will take you to the text of the poem in a new window, if you would like to read along.

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October 27, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 3

Uncanny Bodies

This episode is a spooky one for Halloween week!

Episode 3 of Off the Shelf features my interview with Assistant Professor Robert Spadoni from the English department, in which we discuss his book Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre.

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October 20, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 2

This week on Off the Shelf, CWRU Music department's Associate Professor Daniel Goldmark and I discuss his book Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. Listen in and, if you'd like, sing along!

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Daniel Goldmark also co-edited the books The Cartoon Music Book and Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema.

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September 17, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 1

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Welcome to the first episode of Off the Shelf. Our debut features an interview with Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger from the English Department in which Kurt and I discuss his new book The Novel and the Menagerie: Totality, Englishness and Empire, elephants, and the benefits of waking up early.


The podcast can be heard by clicking on the player below. In addition, the podcast can be downloaded as an mp3 file or iTunes-friendly m4a version. To download either file, right-click (control-click on the Mac) the link below the player and select "save file as..." When the file is downloaded, you can listen to it with the audio playing software or device of your choice.


And stay tuned for future episodes of this new podcast series!







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Many thanks to Roger Zender for producing the blog page design, Jared Bendis and Thomas Hayes for technology support, and Kurt Koenigsberger for being the guinea pig.

Posted by William Claspy on September 17, 2008 11:18 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)