The Colloquy podcast is a conversation with scholars and thinkers from Harvard's PhD community on some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from global health to climate change, growth and development, the future of AI, and many others. Listen in!


Episodes

Episode 10: Race and the Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools

Tufts University sociologist Natasha Warikoo, PhD ’05, on tensions between white and Asian immigrant families over public education in a wealthy suburb.

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Episode 9: The Graduate Student Mental Health Crisis

In the May 2022 episode of GSAS’s Colloquy podcast, we take a deep dive into the graduate student mental health crisis with Dr. Emily Bernstein, PhD ’20, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Digital Mental Health.

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Episode 8: The Forgotten Earthquakes that Reshaped America

The New Madrid earthquakes that rocked the present-day states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois from December 1811 to February 1812 reshaped not only the landscape but also the history of the United States. So why were the quakes all but forgotten by the time of the Civil War? What caused them and could they happen again?

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Episode 7: Russia, Ukraine, and Avoiding World War III 

In this special episode of Colloquy, two alumni experts on eastern Europe and national security discuss the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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Episode 6: Why Exercising More May Not Help You Lose Weight

Evolutionary anthropologist Herman Pontzer, PhD '06, explains why the calories we burn every day stay within a fairly narrow range whether we’re gym rats or couch potatoes.

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Episode 5: The Black Agenda

In the February episode of Colloquy, we discuss The Black Agenda is a new collection of essays that centers the voices and ideas of Black experts on climate change, public health, economic inequality, education, and many other challenges.

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Episode 4: Inclusion, Justice, and Love in an Apocalyptic Moment

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Rev. Dr. Matthew Ichihashi Potts, PhD ’13, speaks about a Christian ethics that is at odds with white supremacy and cultural hegemony.

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Episode 3: “We Have Our Medicine”: Trauma and Resilience in Indigenous Communities

In the November episode of the Colloquy podcast, the sociologist Blythe George, PhD '20, explores the vibrance of rural indigenous communities amid the trauma that is the legacy of settler colonialism.

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Episode 2: Who’s Afraid of Inflation?

GSAS alumna Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama Administration, gives her take on how worried consumers should be about inflation.

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Episode 1: The Incredible Shrinking Vaccine Efficacy

In the inaugural episode of the GSAS Colloquy podcast, alumnus Michael Lin, a microbiologist and professor at Stanford University, says vaccination mandates are the path out of the COVID-19 pandemic and shares his concerns about the decline in vaccine efficacy over time.

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