Robert Pogue Harrison

Robert Pogue Harrison is the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Forests: The Shadow of Civilization (University of Chicago Press, 1992), The Dominion of the Dead (UCP, 2003), Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition (UCP, 2008), and Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age (UCP, 2014). He is also the host of a literary talk show on the Stanford University radio station, KZSU, called "Entitled Opinions," which features hour long conversations with a variety of scholars, writers, and scientists.

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 36

Juvenescence: Robert Pogue Harrison on Cultural Age

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Cultural critic and professor of Italian literature, Robert Pogue Harrison, examines the conditions in which cultural transmission can take place. In this Conversation, Harrison argues that Western culture is on the cusp of a new mode of civilization that can either result in a rejuvenation of the legacies of the past or in their juvenilization, the latter of which would lead to a loss of cultural memory and the infantilization of desires. Harrison reflects not only upon the ways in which our culture is evolving into a younger way of being human, but also upon the peculiar and precious qualities of youth that are uniquely receptive to fostering the amor mundi needed to preserve and transmit a world of permanence and belonging. $6


Volume 129

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Guests on Volume 129: Nicholas Carr, on how automation technologies make our lives easier — while detaching us from the practices of engaging the world that are most fulfilling for us; Robert Pogue Harrison, on the challenges of nurturing the inner lives and loves of our children to enable them to receive the legacies of our culture; R. J. Snell, on how the vice of acedia denies the being of Creation; Norman Wirzba, on how a Scriptural imagination allows us to perceive the world as Creation (not just as nature); Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, on how the Inklings were critical of modernity in the interest of restoring Western culture to its Christian roots; and Peter Phillips, on the “tintinnabuli” style of composition in the works of Arvo Pärt.