We conduct a lot of interviews at the YHR. Here you can find all of these conversations from our various projects.

JELANI COBB: A Person of Conscience
Interview by Henry Jacob, SY ’21Transcribed by Rosemary Chen, BF ’24 Introduction: Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jelani Cobb completed his undergraduate studies at Howard University and received a doctorate in American history from Rutgers University. He serves as the Ira A. Lipman Professor …
Plotting Power: Race, Class and Gender in Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age
Plotting Power: Race, Class and Gender in Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age from YHRUploads
Elizabeth Alexander on the intersections of identities
Elizabeth Alexander on the intersections of identities from YHRUploads
Françoise Hamlin on “Paying the Favor Forward”
Françoise Hamlin on "Paying the Favor Forward" from YHRUploads
Inequality on all fronts: Rosa DeLauro on protecting communities during Covid and beyond
Inequality on all fronts: Rosa DeLauro on protecting communities during Covid and beyond from YHRUploads
Camille Delaney-McNeil on “Music for Social Change”
In August 2020, Jisoo Choi sat down with Camille Delaney-Mcneil, Director of Programs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids. Jisoo Choi: Could you briefly describe what OrchKids does with respect to its programs and the impact it seeks to have? Camille Delaney-McNeil: OrchKids, in short, is…
Using “stories to make sense of ourselves:” An interview with Dr. Ellen Wu
Interviewed by Henry Jacob, SY ’21Transcribed by Yassi Xiong, DP ’22 Ellen Wu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research, teaching, and writing interests focus on race and immigration in the United States. She is the author of The Color of Success: Asia…
“You Can’t Unknow:” A Conversation with Ashley Farmer on Inequality and Intellectual Production
"You Can't Unknow:" A Conversation with Ashley Farmer on Inequality and Intellectual Production from YHRUploads
Anthropology for the World: A Conversation with Dr. Chip Colwell
Interviewed by Henry Jacob, SY ’21 Transcribed by Rachel Sragovicz, TD ’24 Dr. Chip Colwell is a leading educator and researcher. He serves as the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, an online anthropology magazine accessible to a wide audience. Colwell received his PhD from Indiana University and…
Festering: Amrita Chakrabarti Myers on the wound of racism
Festering: Amrita Chakrabarti Myers on the wound of racism from YHRUploads
An Interview with Donald Byrd
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A Conversation with Robert Rosenkranz
Interviewed by Henry Jacob, SY ’21 YHR: Mr. Rosenkranz, could you please start by describing yourself in a few sentences. Robert Rosenkranz (RR): I’m a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1962. Next, I went to Harvard Law School. Since then, my career has been in finance. Recently, I’ve been
L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy on how suburban spaces, sexism, and COVID affect the Black community
L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy on how suburban spaces, sexism, and COVID affect the Black community from YHRUploads
Ripping off the scab: Edda Fields-Black on becoming an artist
Ripping off the scab: Edda Fields-Black on becoming an artist from YHRUploads
Alexander Weheliye on desiring for a different world
Alexander Weheliye on desiring for a different world from YHRUploads
Fugitive Spaces: Matthew Guterl on radical practices of history and citizenship
Fugitive Spaces: Matthew Guterl on radical practices of history and citizenship from YHRUploads
An interview withJustin Farmer
Justin Farmer Interview from RodrigoChousal
The Theses Talks #5: William Horvath
Isabella Smeets discusses “The 1950s War on Narcotics: Henry Aslinger, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and Senator Daniel Price’s Probe” with its author, William Horvath. Isabella Smeets (IS): First off, I was wondering what inspired you to study the federal narcotics policy in the 1950s? William …
The Theses Talks #4: Christina Figlus
Isabella Smeets talks with Christina Figlus about her thesis, “Our emperor and empresse.” Isabella Smeets (IS): First, I was wondering what inspired you to write about Elizabeth I? Did you always have an interest in Elizabeth I or English history in general? Were you always interested in looking at …
The Theses Talks #3: JJ Borja
Isabella Smeets sits down with John “JJ” Borja, author of Absinthe, Alcoholism, and the Asylum in France, 1870-1918. Isabella Smeets (IS): Firstly, I was just wondering what inspired you to write about Absinthe, Alcoholism, and Asylum in France from 1870-1918? John Borja (JB): I think the first thin…
The Theses Talks #2: Kelsea Jeon
Isabella Smeets speaks with Kelsea Jeon, author of “This ‘Order’ Must Be Annihilated: How Benjamin Austin’s Call to Abolish Lawyers Shaped Early Understandings of Access to Justice, 1786-1819. Isabella Smeets (IS): Kelsea, I was wondering what inspired you to write about Benjamin Austin in the first…
The Theses Talks #1: Bebe Thompson
Isabella Smeets sits down with Bebe Thompson, author of Statues of Liberty: Willy Meyer, William Halsted, and the Development of the Radical Mastectomy from 1880 to 1920. Isabella Smeets (IS): To start off, I was wondering what inspired you to write about the development of the radical mastectomy fr…
An Interview with Rick Chavolla
Daevan Mangalmurti sits down with Rick Chavolla for The Cultural Histories Project. This venture explores the university’s changing cultural landscape over the last century, from the diversification of admissions and the tumult of the 1950s and ’60s to ongoing efforts to expand perceptions of who Ya…