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Jody (left) and Debra talking about the book

“Write a story that really matters to you,” said Jody Lisberger, associate professor and director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at University of Rhode Island. Jody was inspired to write short stories that mattered to her, and her inspirations manifested themselves in her collection of short stories, Remember Love. A podcast of the conversation is below.

Ann Kelly Knowles

Kennedy Library’s Data Studio welcomed Ann Kelly Knowles on Monday, January 13, when she spoke about the connections historical GIS can reveal in terms of unknown patterns and relationships between different historical events. Examples explored included the American Industrial Revolution, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Holocaust.

Photo of Lewis Call and Jane Lehr holding a frame

The term “BDSM” and the word “library” are not often used in the same sentence (I don’t think). Kennedy Library, however, changed that last Friday, October 18, at its most recent Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event.

During this conversation, Lewis Call, an associate professor of history, was joined by Jane Lehr, associate professor in the departments of ethnic studies and women’s and gender studies and liberal arts and engineering studies, to talk about Call’s new book BDSM in American Science Fiction and Fantasy

While this topic seems like it may only cover a small portion of the world, big themes with broad implications were discussed.

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Cal Poly’s Data Studio celebrated one year since its grand opening at its second annual Data Studio Open House on Friday, May 3. The Data Studio, which helps students pursue data-based research projects, hosted data expert Dr. Melissa Cragin and exhibited projects by undergraduate and graduate students.

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“I believe that my book, Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism, is the most important book in the history of the world,” said Ronald Den Otter, Cal Poly associate professor of political science, to kick off the Cal Poly Authors discussion last Friday.

He was joking, of course, but as the conversation turned from the book’s origins to the subject matter, it became clear that Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism tackles crucial questions about the role of the justice system in a diverse society that has differing opinions about right and wrong. Joined by Jude Egan, also an associate professor in political science at Cal Poly, the two discussed the appropriateness and history of judicial review in the United States.

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How do you understand history? Do you look at photos, read books? Watch the History Channel? For Craig Russell, Cal Poly music professor, a community’s songs are enduring records of their era, providing in-depth and textured insight into their ways of life.

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Cal Poly author and history professor George Cotkin shared his own eccentric, extensive and often hilarious relationship with Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” on October 12 at Kennedy Library’s first Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event of the school year. The podcast is below.