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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Texas professors booked on BookTV

Several weeks ago, 10 University of Texas at Austin professors sat down with CSPAN host Peter Slen to talk about their books.

Julia Mickenberg

Julia Mickenberg

Those interviews have started to run on Book-TV, which appears on CSPAN-2 on weekends.

CSPAN is the cable television enterprise that covers the U.S. Congress and offers other public affairs programming. It turns CSPAN-2 over to interviews with non-fiction authors on weekends.

This weekend (Nov. 19-21, 2011) BookTV will feature interviews with three UT Austin professors, following two that appeared last weekend. More will follow in coming weeks.

The Texas interviews are part of a BookTV university series that’s included George Mason University, the University of Chicago and George Washington University.

The CSPAN crew had been in Austin for the Texas Book Festival on Oct 22-23. It stayed over a day to interview the professors.

It set up a mini-studio in the Lee Jamail Academic Room in the Main Building (Room 212). There were two chairs, two cameras, bright lights and production board.

The results can be seen on BookTV (and on the website after they are aired). Here are the times of the telecasts for this weekend:

Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg, Josey Regental Chair in Science, “Lake Views: This World and the Universe.” 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and midnight Sunday.

Lewis Gould, Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History, ” “My Dearest Nellie: The Letters of William Howard Taft to Helen Herron Taft, 1909-1912.” 10:30 a.m. Sunday and 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Robert Auerbach, professor, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, “Deception and Abuse at the Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan’s Bank.” 10:40 a.m. Sunday and 12:40 a.m. Monday.

Three other professors were on the previous weekend and their interviews can be found at They are:

Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, “Constitutional Faith.”

Julia Mickenberg, associate professor, Department of American Studies, “Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature.”

Yet to appear are:

Martha Menchaca, professor, Department of Anthropology, “Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants.”

James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations in the LBJ School, “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.”

Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri, professor LBJ School and Department of History, “Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation Building from the Founders to Obama.”

Ami Pedahzur, professor, Department of Government and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, “The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism.”

Neil Foley, professor, Department of History, “Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity.”

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