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Erika Lorraine Milam on Human Nature in Cold War America

In Theory co-host Disha Karnad Jani interviews Erika Lorraine Milam, Professor of History at Princeton University, about her book, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton University Press: 2019). They discuss the media of popular evolutionary theory, the nature of American scientific expertise, and the politics of primatology and human nature.


Featured Image: Cover of Creatures of Cain. From “Scientific Debate” by Nathaniel Gold, Scientific American (July 9, 2012). Cover Design by Lorraine Doneker.

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Anthony Grafton on the Labor of Humanist Scholarship

In Theory co-host Simon Brown interviews Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University, about his new book, Inky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe (Harvard University Press: 2020).

The book takes the reader through historical settings and case studies to explore the laborious, collaborative and sometimes poorly-compensated work of humanist scholarship between the Renaissance and Enlightenment. They discuss the division of labor in the printing house, the “divination” in the corrector’s work, and intellectual property in a world of commonplaces.

Featured Image: Cover Image of Inky Fingers designed by Graciela Galup, with image from Jeremiah Hornschuch, Orthotypographia, Leipzig, 1608.

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Gerald Horne on Europe and Atlantic Settlement in the Sixteenth Century

In Theory co-host Disha Karnad Jani interviews Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, about his new book, The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century (Monthly Review Books: 2020).

In Theory: The JHI Blog Podcast · The Dawning of the Apocalypse: Disha Karnad Jani interviews Gerald Horne