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Episode 9 - Dhani Jones, RC '00, on Being a Pro Athlete, Entrepreneur, and Quintessential RC Thinker (26:44) December 5, 2018

Dhani may not have entirely chosen the RC - he chocks it up to the directive of a very influential alumna in his family - but he certainly has a lot to say about how the focus on liberal arts and the self-directed kind of learning he experienced in East Quad equipped him with the confidence to forge a very singular and high profile career since graduating in 2000. In Episode 9, Dhani joins one of his academic advisors and beloved retired RC admissions counselor, Lana Kanitz, as well as RC Podcast host, Robby Griswold, for a giggly stroll down memory lane. He shares some advice he gives to guests on his show, Adventure Capitalists on CNBC, and sheds light on his self-described "unexpected" career in football from playing for the Wolverines to joining multiple teams in the NFL. 

Read the transcript of the episode here.


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Episode 8 - Samara Jackson Tobey, RC '21, and the 2018 Native American Heritage Month

Episode 8 - Samara Jackson Tobey, RC '21, and the 2018 Native American Heritage Month at U-M (29:14) November 1, 2018

Samara bravely shares about her academic up-and-downs, her experience on the rugby field, college access challenges facing indigenous young people, and about the land dispute that her tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag of Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island, are enduring right now. At the center of our conversation, Samara sheds light on the powerful and numerous events that she and her peers at The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and the Native American Student Association are bringing to SE Michigan for Native American Heritage Month in November 2018. 

See the full 2018 U-M Native American Heritage Month events calendar here.

Episode 7 - Developing a Voice: Nancy Blum '85

Episode 7 - Developing a Voice: 2018 Robertson Lecturer, RC Alum, Nancy Blum '85 (27:15) October 1, 2018

When Nancy Blum came to the RC from Illinois, she wanted to pursue a career in service and decided to study psychology and womens studies. Well, as can happen, she fell for the creative arts while in East Quad and her work there, alongside her contributions to the U-M Human Sexuality Office, set her on a two-pronged course of professional development that eventually landed her a successful career - as an artist. In this interview, Nancy reveals a bit about how her views on gender are subtly insinuated in the work that will be displayed Oct. 12 - Nov. 9th in the RC Art Gallery. She expresses what a liberal arts education gave her that an art school education could not have. And she gives us a taste for what she'll discuss in her October 19th Residential College Robertson Lecture, "Not Separate from the Street: Nancy Blum and Public Art Installation". 

Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode 6 - Sascha Crasnow, Arts and Ideas Faculty

Episode 6 - Introducing Sascha Crasnow (25:40) September 1, 2018

The RC is a community, first and foremost. A community of scholars. A community of explorers. We relish the chance to bring new people into the circle including, especially, new students each September, and new faculty members when appointments are made. For the sixth episode of the RC Podcast (25:40), we bring you an interview with our new Arts and Ideas lecturer, Sascha Crasnow, who will also teach in the LSA Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Sascha brings her expertise in contemporary Islamic arts to the A&I program, contributing to further expanding the curriculum beyond Europe and Western civilization. Sascha's academic journey resonates with many of our students, alumni, and faculty, namely, in the fact that she has more interests than she has time to fully explore! 

Episode 5 - Harvey Slaughter, RC Class of '72

Episode 5 - Interview with Harvey Slaughter, RC Class of '72 (28:30) August 2, 2018

One of the purposes of the RC podcast is to preserve the oral history of the Residential College and East Quadrangle. It's our pleasure to offer episode five that introduces you to Dr. Harvey Slaughter, RC class of 1972, who created a very distinguished undergraduate career including much activism for the advancement of Black students and building structures of academic support for his peers at the University of Michigan. Harvey embodies intellectual curiosity, concern for social welfare, and hunger for organizational change and these qualities were cultivated and fostered while he was a student in the RC - all the while being the only Black male student in his class. 

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Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode 4 - Anna Clark and the Poisoned City

Episode 4 - Anna Clark and The Poisoned City (26:35) July 2, 2018

Meet Anna Clark, '03 RC Creative Writing and LSA Art History alumna. In this episode, Anna describes her July 2018 book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, including some of her key research findings, the process she underwent to write the book, and what she hopes the book will contribute to in terms of raising awareness about this crisis and others that may inevitably occur due to similar circumstances throughout the United States. 

Music credit: Jay St. Thomas, aka AudioBinger,

Episode 3 - Shakespeare in the Arb's Romeo and Juliet

Episode 3 - Shakespeare in the Arb's Romeo and Juliet (26:00) June 1, 2018

Hear the music, soliloquies, and creative forces - human, natural, and otherwise - behind the successful annual program, Shakespeare in the Arb (SITA). Celebrating its 18th season, SITA is excited to premiere Romeo and Juliet in the lineup that has included A Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing, among others. Get to know the director, dramaturg, and some lead actors who will bring this blockbuster to life in Nichols Arboretum June 7-24, 2018. 

Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode 2 - Jon Wells, RC Director

Episode 2 - Interview with Jon Wells, RC Director (18:35) May 18, 2018

The second episode introduces you to Jon Wells in terms of his early experiences that led him to study history, what research he's been up to lately, and about his experiences entering the RC through to his current tenure as Director. 

Read the transcript of the episode here. 

Episode 1 - Stina Perkins and Darian Razdar

Episode 1 - Stina Perkins and Darian Razdar (23:00) May 2, 2018

The pilot takes you on a veritable tour of the RC, and will drop you "in media res" in the RC student experience. You'll learn about RC Forums, experiences with faculty and courses in the RC that were instrumental in their undergrad careers, how students enjoy the resources of the larger College of Literature, Science, and the Arts while getting the benefit of the tight-knit community in the RC - and, about some fun "oddities" that may appear that add to the charm and delight of the Residential College! 

Read the transcript of the pilot here.

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