Three Professors Walk Into A Bar

Three Professors Walk Into a Bar is a podcast series intended to facilitate meaningful conversation around complex global issues. Each week, professors will explore different topics, challenges, and consequences of the global issue and attempt to grapple with some of the complexity. Scroll down to catch up on everything our professors have to say!


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Episode 6 Humanity and Climate Change Cover 2

What can the humanities teach us about our approach to the complex issue of climate change? How do disciplines such as literature, film, and poetry help us respond to it? Three professors from the Departments of Film and Media Studies, English, and Spanish and Portuguese discuss the power of the humanities to emphasize the human aspect of environmental change. They explain how media can elicit emotional connections to a problem that is often approached from a scientific angle. Take a listen to understand more about how the environment is represented in different forms of media and how the humanities can help us reckon with this new age.

Karen Shaup

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of English

Karen Shaup is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the English Department at Georgetown University. She teaches first-year writing and works on assessment and research projects with the Writing Team. She received her PhD from the University of Oregon.  Recently, she published an article on Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Garden Party” and the aesthetics of consumerism. She is interested in the digital humanities and composition pedagogy, and is currently working on a YouTube ethnography of online bird watching communities. 

Patricia Vieira

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Patrícia I. Vieira is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research focuses on Portuguese and Brazilian Literature and Cinema, Comparative Literature, Post-Colonial Studies and Ecocriticism. Her books include States of Grace: Utopia in Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Cinema 1930-1960: The Staging of the New State Regime. She has co-edited Portuguese Literature and the Environment, and The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature. She is currently working on a book project that examines ecocritical approaches to texts and cinema on the Amazon rainforest. She is also co-editing a volume titled ”The Mind of Plants.”

Bernie Cook

Associate Dean, Georgetown College & Founding Director, Film and Media Studies Program

Dr. Bernie Cook (C’90, G’91) is Associate Dean in Georgetown College and Founding Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Georgetown University.  He is the author of Flood of Images: Media, Memory and Hurricane Katrina (University of Texas Press, 2015) and editor of Thelma & Louise Live! The Cultural Afterlife of an American Film (University of Texas Press, 2007).  He is currently in production on a documentary film exploring the stories of the living descendants of the 272 enslaved people sold by the Jesuits in 1838. 

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