S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 12, May 6, 2020

The humanities in a time of isolation: Going Remote, A Special Series

In our 12th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue rolling out our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by Billy Gunn (Film) and Robert Bond (History) to have a conversation on remote instruction and social distancing from a historical perspective as well as a media perspective.

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What to listen for:

  • What have we been watching and playing lately?
  • A changing film industry in the midst of a pandemic.
  • The shift of having everything now.
  • Streaming services creating a new world.
  • The loss of the collective experience of going to the movies.
  • What are we losing to streaming services and technology?
  • What we can learn from pandemics in history.
  • The 1918 flu in San Diego – putting it in context.
  • Losing physical contact with one another.
  • Changing our activities and daily routines to try and stay healthy.
  • How our students are feeling isolated during this time.
  • Over-consumption of media as harmful.
  • Can we consume too much history?
  • Historians are currently attempting to put everything into context.
  • Hollywood after WWII.
  • How will we look back at this moment in time?
  • John Krasinski and “The Office.”

Recommendations from the crew: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Show), Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History (Podcast), BBC In Our Time (Podcast), Sebastian Major, Our Fake History (Podcast), Dan Carlin, Harcore History (Podcast), You Must Remember This (Podcast), The Last Kingdom (TV Show), Call of Duty Warzone (Video Game), Final Fantasy VII Remake (Video Game), Firewatch (Video Game), Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Book Series), Song Exploder (Podcast), James Bond Movies (Film).

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The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)

Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)

Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)

James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)