The Bat of Minerva is a regional cable interview show produced and directed by Peter Shea, who received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and has worked as an instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University in Mankato.
On Thoughtful Lives
For about 15 years, the Bat of Minerva has featured thoughtful people–scholars, activists, artists, farmers–talking about their life journeys, trajectories, stumblings. From these conversations, hints emerge about the landscape of the academy and the world outside, the varieties of scholarly and thoughtful lives. The interviews also communicate a strong sense of the energy or passion or even annoyance which keeps creative people thinking and working, year after year.
Watch the Bat
The Bat airs at midnight between Saturday and Sunday on Minneapolis/Saint Paul regional channel 6, serving the Twin Cities metro area. Over the years, many IAS collaborators, fellows and guests have been interviewed and their conversations with Peter Shea can be viewed in their entirety. Also now available is an A to Z listing of all University of Minnesota faculty who have been interviewed on the Bat of Minerva.
- Heritage Collaborative: Oral History Workshop and Panel, March 28, 2014
- Thursdays at Four: Peter Shea. March 13, 2014
- Discussion with Danny Robinson Clark, Wednesday, November 13, 4:15 Nolte 235
- Southwest Minnesota Food Stories: Oral History Project
- Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota: Oral History Project
- Interview with Peter Shea, 2005
- Bat of Minerva Interviews
- Audio files of Bat of Minerva interviews are now available as an RSS feed.
Most Recent Interview
Download: audio, small video, or original. Transcript: docx or pdf. Freya Manfred‘s poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies, and her literary memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award. Philip Roth has called this […]
Pick from the Archive
Peter Shea says: “My old friend Rosalie Wahl, who died recently, had to keep lots of her opinions to herself while she was on the Minnesota Supreme Court — afterwards, not so much. This interview comes from just after the first bombing of Iraq in 2003″.