Letters and Politics – December 7, 2023

Letters and Politics

A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

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Guest: Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the first woman who translated the ancient Greek epic story, the Odyssey by Homer, into English language. The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, … Continued

Guest: Joel Beinin is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University.  He is the author or the editor of several books including “Was the Red Flag Flying There? Marxist Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Egypt and Israel 1948-1965;” “The independent left in Israel, 1967-1993: Essays … Continued

Guest: Dr. Sultan Barakat is a Professor of Public Policy at Qatar Foundation’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University and an Honorary Professor at the University of York.   Dr. Barakat has written extensively on issues of conflict resolution, humanitarian response, state building and post-conflict recovery and transition. Professor Barakat founded the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies … Continued

Guest: David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times.  Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World, They Marched into … Continued

Guest: Claudio Saunt is Richard B. Russell Professor in American History and Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of such books including, West of the Revolution (2014), Black, White, and Indian (2005), and A New Order of Things (1999). His most recent book, Unworthy Republic (2020), was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist … Continued