Category Archives: interviews

University Press Week gives us an opportunity to introduce readers to some of the most interesting scholarship happening not only at the Illinois Press but also the work being published by our colleagues. Today on the AAUP Press Week blog … Continue reading

Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet. Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect. “First and foremost, she was … Continue reading

Robert Bussel is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He answered some questions about his book Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship. Q: What … Continue reading

Mark Camarigg is publications manager and former assistant editor for Living Blues Magazine and chairs The Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s annual Blues Symposium at The University of Mississippi. He is one of the editors of Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews … Continue reading

Joanna Bosse is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and dance studies at Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She answered some questions about her book Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland. In the book she explores the … Continue reading

Black media pioneer Richard Durham was never an on-air star or featured player. Yet the poet, activist and script writer had a huge influence on how African Americans could be perceived in dramatizations. As Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and … Continue reading

James Naremore is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He answered some questions about the new Centennial Anniversary Edition of his touchstone work The Magic World of Orson Welles. Q: The new edition of The Magic World of Orson Welles … Continue reading

Adam Mack is assistant professor of History in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He recently answers some questions about his Studies in Sensory History series book Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers. … Continue reading

Scandal and indictment have kept Corrupt Illinois authors Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson busy. The investigation of Rep. Aaron Schock and indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert have not only kept the authors phone ringing but the scandal-plagued … Continue reading

Stephen Siff is an assistant professor of journalism at Miami University, Ohio. He recently answered some questions about his book Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience. Q: When did the media first start to write about LSD? Stephen … Continue reading