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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 20 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.

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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“.