60 minutes on Bat of Minerva

Aristotle once said “For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.”

Today, I’d like to share 60 minutes on the Bat of Minerva

While I was in Minneapolis to give a keynote at the University of Minnesota (See “Lead Bravely.” How To Change the Story About Community-Based Education), I had the opportunity to sit down with Peter Shea for his show Bat of Minerva.

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.

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.

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.

Here is a two minute video I made of Peter Shea discussing the inception of the Bat of Minerva.

Honestly, there are some really personal moments and information in this conversation. It’s the first interview I have ever done where I almost shed a few tears. The interview was very experiential for the first 30 minutes or so, and then segued to a philosopher’s questioning of education.

Check out other TV and Radio conversations here.

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