Screening Trafficking: Yana Hashamova Describes Media Depictions of Human Trafficking

Films and TV productions about human trafficking made by Eastern and Western European companies don’t differ in outlook as much as one might expect. Yana Hashamova’s latest book, Screening Trafficking, looks at this topic through a cultural lens. Listen in for her discussion with David Staley on the Voices of Excellence podcast.

Why Do Viewers Find TV Mobsters So Attractive? Prof. Dana Renga Has a Theory

A sympathetic treatment of people who do horrible things seems hard to justify. So why are such depictions so common with mafia movies and tv, especially in Italy? Professor Dana Renga’s new book Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators on Italian Television offers the first comprehensive study of recent, popular Italian television. Learn about her research findings on Voices of Excellence from the Arts and Sciences with David Staley.

How Did U.S. Supreme Court Justices Divide Along Party Lines? Lawrence Baum Knows

We tend to think of a Supreme Court in which Justices divide along party lines as the way it’s always been. But that’s not the case, according to legal scholar Lawrence Baum, whose research points to these party-line divisions as being a relatively recent phenomenon. Hear his discussion on Voices of Excellence from the Arts and Sciences with David Staley.