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Our longest podcast yet examines the academic world of Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Larry Rodgers and and Prism alum Dr. Alan Levinovitz about what Trigger Warnings are, and how universities and professors are dealing with the changing climate surrounding them.

Also, we chat with Dr. Saul Hymes about the current status of the Zika virus outbreak.

Larry Rodgers is Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and professor of English at OSU.Dean Rodgers received his PhD in English with a minor in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989). He also holds a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma (1982) and an MA in English from the University of Iowa (1984).

Prior to joining OSU, he served on the faculty of Kansas State University for nineteen years. He was head of English from 1995-2002 and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2002-2008.He is a well-known scholar of multicultural and regional American literature. He has written and edited half a dozen books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American writers as wide ranging as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Edna Ferber and Booth Tarkington.

His most recent book is America’s Folklorist: Benjamin A. Botkin and American Culture (Oklahoma, 2010). Much of his research has centered around the connection between culture and place, and he’s been especially interested in the ways that American geography defines American identity, especially as writers and artists imagine the importance of place in the context of their work.

Alan Levinovitz is assistant professor of religion at James Madison University. His academic work focuses on classical Chinese thought, the philosophy of play, and the intersection of religion and medicine. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and religion at Stanford, and he received his PhD in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Alan’s writing has appeared in Slate, Wired, The LA Review of Books, The Believer, and The Millions, as well as academic journals.

Alan was on episode 44 of The Prism Podcast, where we discussed his book The Gluten Lie.

As a board-certified pediatric infectious disease physician, Saul Hymes has experience in all matters relating to infections and their treatment and prevention in children. He has particular expertise, and his research activities center around: antibiotic resistance and the appropriate use of antimicrobials (antibiotic stewardship) in both humans and in animal agriculture; tick-borne infections; and the role of social media in the dissemination of health information, particularly around Lyme disease, vaccines, and antibiotics.