Showcasing excellence in teaching and research is the central focus of the 30 Brave Minutes podcast from the UNC Pembroke College of Arts and Sciences.
Now in its seventh season, the monthly podcast brings news of faculty and student activities to listeners who tune in on campus and around the world. Previous episodes have highlighted critical societal issues such as suicide awareness and prevention, hurricane recovery and food insecurity, in combination with more light-hearted topics such as human-pet interaction and favorite musical theater moments.
Season seven hit the podcast’s 50th episode milestone, “Researching Religion: Multi-Generational Perspectives with Dr. Mordechai Inbari.” The episode features Dr. Inbari’s research on the views of young American evangelical Christians, work funded in part by a research grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Inbari earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught at UNCP for 14 years. Dean Richard Gay and Associate Deans Ashley Allen and Joanna Hersey discussed new research led by Inbari and his team that has yielded valuable insights into changing trends in support for Israel among American evangelical youth and how that support is often generational.
The current season also includes “Upon Her Shoulders: Centering the Stories of Native Women,” with Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs (Lumbee), professor and chair of the Department of American Indian Studies, discussing her new book, Upon Her Shoulders: Southeastern Native Women Share their stories of justice, spirit and community.
Episode 52, “Hydrogeologists and Groundwater Science,” with Assistant Professor of Geology Dr. Madan Maharjan, shares research on the movement of groundwater across our landscape. “Poppies to Pembroke: Mentoring Teachers and Staying Creative” with Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, highlights Dr. Lifschitz-Grant’s work mentoring aspiring teachers as Coordinator of Graduate and Undergraduate Art Education and discusses the local inspiration she finds as a painter. November’s episode, “In the Field with Cows: Animal Science at UNCP,” with veterinarian and assistant professor of animal science Dr. Nicolas Negrin Pereira, focuses on working with students studying reproductive health in cattle in the field and in the lab, and the benefits of teaching animal husbandry to the next generation.
The most popular episode remains “The Evolution of Comics,” episode 49, from June 2021. Allen was joined by Dr. Gay and three UNCP faculty members with professional connections to the world of comics: Dr. Terence Dollard, professor in the Department of Mass Communication as well as creator of Comic Book Culture featured on UNC-TV North Carolina, Dr. Kevin. Freeman, former associate professor in the Political Science and Public Administration program, and Dr. Robert Epps, associate professor in the Department of Art and freelance colorist. The episode begins by educating those who are not as familiar with the world of comics, and then references changes in content and culture that will be especially meaningful to those who are well versed in the world of comics.
The 30 Brave Minutes podcast has over 6,000 downloads and counting and is heard around the world. Besides the United States, the most popular countries to tune in are Canada and Germany. However, listeners are found all over the globe, including Africa, the Middle East, and from Australia to Finland and beyond. The 30 Brave Minutes podcast celebrates our faculty’s role as scholars and mentors, as illustrated by the words of episode 54 guest Negrin Pereira.
“I always tell my students that they drive the car. I’m sitting in the passenger seat,” said Negin Pereira. “So if they want to drive a Ferrari, they will, they want to drive a very old model and 20 miles an hour, they will do the same. And my role is to guide them and make sure they don’t hit the wall. We’re just a tool, an educational tool, but they’re the ones driving the car, so I always tell them… remember, you’re going to be a professional. And you have to study hard and you have to get the knowledge. Because that’s what people will be looking for, you’re the best professional you can be,” said Negrin Pereira.
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