The Academic Minute for 2023.03.20-2023.03.24

The Academic Minute from 3.20 – 3.24

Oladele Ogunseitan University of California, Irvine
Disentangling the Worldwide Web of E-Waste and Climate Change
Oladele (Dele) Ogunseitan holds the University of California Presidential Chair at Irvine where he served for more than a decade as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention.  He co-directs the World Institute for Sustainable Development of Materials (WISDOM). He served on the State of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel, and the State’s Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction Panel for the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Dele was a Global Environmental Assessment Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and a National Academies’ Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He earned the State Department’s meritorious honor award for exceptional teamwork and contributions to the successful achievement of U.S. goals at the third United Nations Environment Assembly. Dele is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; and an elected fellow of Collegium Ramazzini.

Jerald Podair – Lawrence University
When History Rhymes
Jerald Podair is Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies Emeritus at Lawrence University.

He is the author of The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill Brownsville Crisis (Yale University Press), which was a finalist for the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award and honorable mention for the Urban History Association’s Book Award in North American urban history.

He is also the author of City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles (Princeton University Press), which received the 2018 Harold Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) for best book on the history of baseball and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

His other books include Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer; The Struggle for Equality (co-editor); American Conversations (co-author); and Republican Populist: Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump’s America (co-author).

He is co-editor of The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States.

David Bakhurst – Queen’s University Ontario
Why Education Matters to Philosophy
David Bakhurst is Charlton Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Ontario.  His book, Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy (Cambridge, 1991), represents the first critical history of Soviet philosophical culture.  Since then, in addition to continuing his work on Russian thought, Bakhurst has written on epistemology, metaphysics, Wittgenstein, ethics and philosophy of education.  Recent publications include The Formation of Reason (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and Education and Conversation (Bloomsbury, 2016), the latter co-edited with Paul Fairfield.  Bakhurst has held visiting positions at All Souls College, Oxford, UCL Institute of Education, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Executive Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Ted Hadzi-Antich – Austin Community College
Asking the Great Questions at Community Colleges
Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr. has been teaching ‚Äúgreat books‚ÄĚ to students at Austin Community College for 15 years, where he founded the Great Questions Seminars, in which community college students of all backgrounds engage in the thrill of discussion-based learning aimed at becoming more thoughtful about some of the persistent questions that confront us as human beings. Ted is the founder and Executive Director of The Great Questions Foundation (, which is a registered 501c3 aimed at extending that effort to community colleges across our nation.

Britteny Howell – University of Alaska Anchorage
What We Need to Age Healthy May Be The Hardest Thing to Obtain
Britteny M. Howell, PhD, CPG, CDP¬ģ¬†is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Director of the Healthy Aging Research Laboratory, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Anthropology and at the National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her first book, Anthropological Perspectives on Aging, was published in 2023 by University Press of Florida. She is also an active member of the Gerontological Society of America‚Äôs (GSA) Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).