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The RC Podcast

Season 2: May 2019 - April 2020

Latest Episode

Episode 19 - Catherine Badgley on the Fossil Record, Baking Bread, and the RC (30:30) September 1, 2019

On July 1, 2019, Catherine Badgley became the 11th director of the Residential College, and the 3rd woman in the role. She is no stranger to the halls of East Quad; she's been teaching in the RC since the late 1980s. In this interview, Catherine discusses her research in the fossil records of Pakistan and the American southwest. She lays out her view of her role as Director of the RC, balancing innovation with continuation. She giggles a bit remembering her bread-baking entrepreneurial venture in her undergrad days. Get to know our new Director - and take her up on her offer to let her know what's on your mind. 

Read the transcript of this episode here. 


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Episode 18 - Carmen Bugan '96 and the Language of Freedom

Episode 18 - Carmen Bugan '96 and the Language of Freedom (32:47) August 1, 2019

RC alumna Carmen Bugan, '96 Creative Writing, had a happy childhood in a small Romanian town. Little did she know then that her family was under 24-hour surveillance by Ceausescu's totalitarian regime due to her father's pro-democracy activism. In this episode, Carmen tells why her family's story is a dominant subject in her poetry, and how writing gives her a pathway to freedom. She explores how abandoning one language and adopting another - and being adopted by it - gave her a rebirth as an artist and a human being. Part shop-talk and part memoir, this interview was recorded when Carmen was on campus as the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor in Honors in the fall of 2018. 

Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode 17 - Camilla Lizundia '20 and Laura Chen-Lizundia '87

Episode 17 - Camilla Lizundia '20 and Laura Chen-Lizundia '87 (26:17) July 1, 2019

It's fun to hear an RC alumna and a current RC student chat about changes in the RC over a 30 year period, but it's even more fun when you're privy to this conversation between Mom and daughter. Camilla Lizundia videoconferences with her Mom (and Robby) to talk about the RC philosophy about grades, building community in a learning environment, being out-of-state at U-M, and growing up with an RC alumna parent. Laura shares some advice useful for any student - not just her daughter - and we have a few hearty laughs along the way. 

Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episodes 15 & 16 - Hank Greenspan and Cindy Sowers and their Retirements

Episode 15 - Hank Greenspan and His Retirement (26:15) June 10, 2019

We bid bon voyage to "Uncle Hank" as he completes a fulfilling and rich 32 year career in the Residential College. In this interview, Hank touches on how he accidentally wound up in the RC, how he accidentally happened upon his scholarly passion for interviewing and "learning with" Holocaust survivors, and how he hopes we all can slow down to listen to each other more fully. Tune in for laughs, balance, and at times, poignancy. 

Episode 16 - Cindy Sowers and Her Retirement (10:33) June 19, 2019

Cindy Sowers, the venerated RC Arts and Ideas in the Humanities faculty member, has retired. We knew this would come but that knowing doesn't shield us from the shock and disorientation of the event itself! To pay homage to Cindy and her incredible 46 year career in the Residential College, I coaxed her into appearing on the RC Podcast. In this June episode part 2, Cindy delivers an address similar to the one she gave at the RC Commencement in May 2019, in which she makes a case for taking the plunge into a liberal arts educational journey with breadth, curiosity, and deep respect. Read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode 14 - Semester in Detroit at its 10th Anniversary

Episode 14 - Semester in Detroit at its 10th Anniversary (32:00) May 1, 2019

Semester in Detroit (SiD) is a cohort-style immersion experience created and based in the RC that takes place in the Cass Corridor. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2019, and the occasion gave us a chance to reflect on its student-led genesis, core elements of the SiD experience, and questions about how Detroit - and the program - have evolved since the first cohort in winter 2009. Get to know the founders, instructors, community partners and the enduring themes that are integral to a Semester in Detroit. 

Read the transcript for this episode here.

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