May 23, 2022
Kelly Pollock has always been the kind of person who asks
questions — lots of questions — to anyone who will listen and
answer. With a BA in Religious Studies from Northwestern University
and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of California,
Santa Barbara (where she wrote a thesis on feminist witches), she
has now turned my questioning to history where she digs deep into
stories that aren’t getting enough attention.
By day Kelly is the Dean of Students in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, where she has worked since 2004. She lives on the south side of Chicago with her husband, the two best kids in the world, and two senior cats.
Kelly joined me today to talk about “All That She Carried” by Tiya Miles, a book whose language and terminology changed my understanding of how I have always learned about enslaved persons. We also discussed why such a humble object is so profoundly affecting, and how, ultimately, this is a story of hope.
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Host: Julie Strauss
Guest: Kelly Therese Pollock
This episode is sponsored by my new book, a werewolf romance called Lover's Moon, written with my dear friend and frequent guest of the show, Mark Leslie. It's a Meat-Cute love story. C'mon, I know that made you laugh.
Discussed in this episode:
Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence and the Archive by Marisa J. Fuentes (this contains Fuentes’ method of “reading against the grain”
When Everyone Around You Is Talking About the End, Talk About Black History (Tiya Miles Op-Ed in the New York Times – may have a paywall, but I promise, this is WELL worth a read.)
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