Dr. Brandon Barker wants to know why we distrust snakes. As a folklorist and lecturer in the Department of Folklore, Dr. Barker examines the myths we build around animals and why we attach human characteristics to them. He also looks at how these myths have influenced our modern perceptions of animals.
About our guest
Our guest for this episode was Dr. Brandon Barker, a lecturer in the Department of Folklore. His theatrical lecture, “Confessions of a Former Monkey Mind Doctor,” will be presented in Bloomington this November.
Animal / Human Podcast was made possible by:
Faculty guests: Stephanie Kane, Michael Wasserman, Jeanne Sept, Brandon Barker, Jonathon Crystal, Ivan Kreilkamp; hosts and editors Jonah Chester and Clay Catlin; Paul Gutjahr, associate dean for Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Education; Tracy Bee, director of Academic Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences; Themester 2018 Faculty Advisory Committee; The College of Arts + Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington.