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.
Bat of Minerva Links
- The Bat of Minerva in Austria, September-November 2014
- Heritage Collaborative: Oral History Workshop and Panel, March 28, 2014
- Thursdays at Four: Peter Shea. March 13, 2014
- Discussion with Danny Robinson Clark, November 13, 2013
- Southwest Minnesota Food Stories: Oral History Project
- Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota: Oral History Project
- Disaster Interviews: Fukushima (2011), Mississippi Flooding (2011), North Mpls Tornado (2011), Gulf Oil Spill (2010)
- Electronic Music Interviews
- U of M Faculty Interviews
- Interview with Peter Shea, 2005
- All 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. Peter Shea introduces the Bat of Minerva’s trip to Austria and the interviews to follow. Download: audio, small video, or original. Peter Kampits, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Vienna, talks to Peter Shea about his experiences and travels as a student and professor of philosophy, and […]
Pick from the Archive
Peter Shea talks to the retired senator Eugene McCarthy, now deceased, on Good Friday.
One of the most distinguished politicians in Minnesota history, Eugene McCarthy was born in Watkins, Minnesota, in 1916. After a brief stint as a professor, McCarthy turned to politics and represented Minnesota in the House and the Senate from 1949 to 1971, where he gained a reputation as an intellectual.
In 1967 he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency as a direct challenge to Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam War policies. His antiwar position won the support of many liberals and his strong showing in the primaries persuaded Johnson to leave the race. After Robert Kennedy’s 1968 assasination, McCarthy lost the nomination to Vice President–and fellow Minnesotan–Hubert H. Humphrey. McCarthy unsuccessfully ran for president a total of five times. Though he never served in the Oval Office, he is remembered for his strong convictions and integrity.