About Our Hosts

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Elizabeth Ferry is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University, with interests in value, materiality, mining, and finance, and with fieldwork emphases in Mexico, Colombia, and the United States. She is the author of Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value, and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico (2005) Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the U.S.-Mexico Border (2013), and with Stephen Ferry, La Batea, a book of photographs and writings about small-scale gold mining in Colombia (2017). In addition to her academic work, she has written articles, poetry and flash fiction for, among other publications, Public Books, Living Anthropologically, Platypus, MiningWatch, Salamander Magazine and Flash Fiction Online.

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John Plotz is Professor of English at Brandeis University. His books include The Crowd: British Literature and Public Politics (2000), Portable Property: Victorian Culture on the Move (2008), and Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens (Princeton, 2017) as well as a children’s book, Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure. His recent work on Doris Lessing, Ursula Le Guin and Richard Jefferies is part of an ongoing project on the satiric and comic underpinnings of science fiction, Why Man?  A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is  also a 2018-19 Fellow at the Newhouse Humanities Center at Wellesley College. He edits the B-Sides feature in Public Books.

Recall this Book is the brainchild of John Plotz and Elizabeth Ferry, is affiliated with Public Books and is recorded and edited in the Media Lab of the Brandeis library by Plotz, Ferry and a cadre of colleagues here in the Boston area and beyond. Our music comes from a song by Eric Chasalow and Barbara Cassidy, “Fly Away.” Sound editing and social media are by Claire Ogden in the Anthropology department and production assistance including website design is done by Matthew Schratz from English; Mark Dellelo oversees and advises on all technological matters: we appreciate the support of University librarian Matthew Sheehy and Dean Dorothy Hodgson.