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
- All Bat of Minerva Interviews
- The Bat of Minerva in Austria and Germany, September-November 2014
- Heritage Collaborative: Oral History Workshop and Panel, March 28, 2014
- Thursdays at Four: Peter Shea. March 13, 2014
- Discussion with Actor 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
- Bat of Minerva Interview with Peter Shea, 2005
- Harold Channer interviews Peter Shea, 2013
- Audio files of Bat of Minerva interviews are now available as an RSS feed.
Pick from the Archive
Adam Zientek is a historian specializing in 20th century European military history and wars of insurgency and counterinsurgency. He received his BA in History summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley (2004) and his MA and PhD in History from Stanford (2007, 2012). He is interested in the developing field of “Neurohistory,” which seeks to use contemporary research in the neurological and cognitive sciences to inform social and cultural history. While at the IAS, he gave a talk on “Wine and Blood: Neuroethics, Violence, and the Manufacturing of Consent in the French Army on the Western Front, 1914-1918“.