Claremont Graduate University’s Founding President James Blaisdell once wrote that “the center of a college is in great conversation.”
We believe this rings true today, and we’re committed to keeping the Flame burning. Welcome to The Campfire, a podcast showcasing CGU’s diverse community of scholars, their innovative research, and the great conversations taking place on campus.
Episode 4: Poetry—the Modern-Day Luxury, with Vievee Francis and Lori Anne Ferrell
Vievee Francis, recipient of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Lori Anne Ferrell, John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, talk about the impact of poetry on self-expression, how learning poetry is a modern-day luxury, and how social media is changing people’s ideas about poetry. Ferrell also discusses Forest Primeval’s remarkable poetic structure, which directly influenced its receipt of the Kingsley Tufts Award. Additionally, Francis shares her own journey through the world of poetry, and offers insight into her own inspirations.
[00:59] Vievee Francis and Lori Anne Ferrell talk about the weeklong Tufts poetry residency
[02:51] Lori Anne talks about op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times on quitting Twitter and reading poetry instead
[10:20] How social media is changing people’s view of poetry
[15:14] Luxury of learning about poetry
[18:11] Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award background
[23:23] Writing poetry informed by race and gender
[24:50] Vievee’s process in writing a poetry collection
[31:35] Vievee reads a poem from Forest Primeval
Episode 3: The Inspiration and Legacy of Peter Drucker With Jenny Darroch
Jenny Darroch, the Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School, talks about how the principles of management formulated by business visionary Peter Drucker still resonate today. Darroch discusses Drucker’s enduring legacy with Nick Owchar, CGU’s executive director of advancement communications, and talks about how the Drucker School has used his philosophy to evolve to better serve its students, and its alumni, in a world that is far different than the one their parents lived in.
[01:20] Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Drucker talking about meaning and purpose
[02:35] The impact of jobs becoming automated
[04:20] Peter Drucker’s broad-based thoughts on management, meaning and purpose
[06:25] Darroch’s experiences meeting with Peter Drucker
[08:30] Darroch’s introduction to Drucker in graduate school
[11:00] Why Peter Drucker endures while others fade away
[12:00] The five basic principles of the Drucker School of Thought
[14:25] The mission of the Drucker School and how the school meets current employers’ needs
[21:21] How the Drucker School has evolved to serve its students and promote success
[22:40] The Drucker School’s offer of free courses for alumni
[24:20] The importance of the Drucker School family
[27:06] – Recommended reading by and about Peter Drucker
Episode 2: Social Stigmas and Social Barriers in Health Care, With PhD Students Amay Singh and Rebecca Ingrim
For Episode 2 of The Campfire, we talk with two Claremont Graduate University doctoral students studying Public Health: Amay Singh, who is interested in global health-related stigmas, and Rebecca Ingrim, who is researching infectious diseases and causes of disabilities. Singh examines efforts to de-stigmatize health issues faced by women in India through public policy, education, and awareness, as well as how her experiences in her country of birth shaped her goal of working in global public health. Ingrim discusses how her mother’s struggle with ovarian cancer sparked her interest in learning about health and the human body. Both offer unique perspectives on their experience at Claremont Graduate University and discuss academic and career goals.
[02:00] Singh discusses stigma in public health, specifically faced by women in India.
[06:41] Singh discusses why her experiences in India led her to want to study stigma in public health, influence public policy, and spread awareness and education.
[07:50] Ingrim talks about her experiences with her mother being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and how that increased her interest in studying diseases and health.
[11:37] Ingrim explains how her PhD will help her map out infectious diseases and determine where and how she can intervene to stop them.
[14:35] Singh explains the practical outcome of her degree: either working with the United Nations to influence policy and decrease stigma, or working in India to work directly with citizens and spread awareness and education.
[20:05] Ingrim discusses how people can work to prevent infectious diseases.
[23:14] Both students discuss the best parts of their experience at Claremont Graduate University, including the passionate professors in their program.
[28:08] Both students talk about how they explain their studies to families and students outside of their program.
Mentioned in this episode:
CGU School of Community & Global Health
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program
Master of Public Health (MPH) program
GIS at CGU
Heather Campbell, Professor & Chair, Department of Politics & Government
Episode 1: A Historian’s Take on Mormonism with Patrick Mason
For the first episode of The Campfire, we interview Claremont Graduate University Professor of Religion Patrick Mason, an accomplished scholar and authority on the topic of Mormonism. Mason examines Mormonism’s humble beginnings, as well as more complicated topics such as the politics surrounding the religion and how it has developed over time. He compares Mormonism to other religious minorities, exploring the paradox of a religion creating violence while searching for peace.
Mason also provides personal nuance, touching on the question of what it takes to be both a scholar and a Mormon and balance faith with the pursuit of knowledge.
[04:05] Growing up Mormon
[07:50] History of Mormonism
[10:20] Mormonism’s differences from other branches of Christianity
[12:30] Who is Mormon?
[16:38] Mormonism revised
[22:30] How social media has changed Mormonism
[28:06] Mormonism as a religious minority
[35:50] The paradox of why religion engenders violence
[39:13] Why Mormonism is so popular in America
Mentioned in this episode:
Patrick Mason, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities, Associate Professor of Religion, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
Mormon Studies Council at CGU
Department of Religion at CGU
The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South
The Ambivalence of the Sacred by Scott Appleby
Patrick Mason’s contact information:
Twitter feed: @PatrickQMason
Episode 0: Welcome to The Campfire
Welcome to The Campfire, where thinkers and leaders from Claremont Graduate University talk about their intellectual, creative, and personal journeys. We are a place where innovators and ideas thrive. Please listen in as we bring these doers and innovators on air to share their experiences and insight.