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Uli Baer

Uli Baer is a teacher, writer, translator and thinker. He believes passionately in the power of ideas, and that conscious conversations play a key role in our evolution as conscious beings. Hence, this podcast.

Uli attended the University of California at Berkeley as a freshman, and received his B.A. from Harvard College, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Among his publications are Rilke: Letters on Life; 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11; The Shoshana Felman Reader; The Rilke Alphabet; Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma; The Dark Interval: Rilke's Letters on Loss, Grief and Transformation, and Remnants of Song: Poetry and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan. He's published two books of fiction: a dystopian novel of eco-fiction (much of which, regrettably, foreshadows what we’re living through right now), We Are But A Moment (2017) and a collection of love stories, Beggar's Chicken: Stories from Shanghai (2013).

He is the recipient of Getty, Humboldt, and Guggenheim fellowships and holds an appointment as University Professor at New York University in New York City. His forthcoming book What 'Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech: On Speech, Equality, and Truth in the Age of Trump deepens an argument first made in the New York Times.

Join Uli on his podcast Think About It where he speaks with leading thinkers about powerful ideas. A first series of conversations explores the critical role of free speech controversies in higher education and in a democracy. Other conversations focus on affirmative action, historical memory and monuments, and other urgent topics of our days. His Great Books series pairs interesting thinkers with some of the tradition’s greatest books to reveal how those books (as powerful exemplars of free speech, incidentally) chart new ways of looking at the world. Look for conversations on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Duino Elegies, Paul Celan’s poetry, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, James Baldwin’s Another Country, and more. Uli is a dad, an avid urban gardener and practices Shaolin kung fu. He lives in Manhattan.