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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.

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Most Recent Interview

The Community of the Book in Northeast Minneapolis, July 2014
Download: audio, small video, or original. Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands, translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Gran Prix de Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel The Ice Chorus; and a memoir, Shelter. The founder of WordStalkers.com, she lives in Minneapolis and spends summers in northeastern Minnesota. […]

Pick from the Archive


Available for download as audio, podcast video, or original

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″.