Off the Syllabus Podcast


Episode #1: Prof. Desirée Martín - This is the inaugural episode of the limited series Off the Syllabus. In this series Prof. Matthew Vernon interviews professors in the English department about a movie they love. This is an opportunity for them to explore a topic that is not necessarily something they study, but that they are nevertheless excited about. This first interview is with Prof. Desirée Martín about the 2023 film Barbie by Greta Gerwig. We talk about toxic masculinity, Los Angeles, and Matchbox 20. 


Episode #2: Prof. Margaret Ronda - On this episode of Off the Syllabus, I talk to Prof. Margaret Ronda about the 2021 film Petite Maman. We talk about fairy tales, enchantment, mother-daughter relationships and uncanny encounters in the woods, so listen on even if you haven’t seen the film.


Episode #3: Prof. Sal Nicolazzo - In this podcast I talk to Professor Sal Nicolazzo about Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd (1950). We discuss the gothic genre, queer coding, and strangely enough, public transportation. Stay tuned and get ready for your close-up.


Episode #4: Prof. Matthew Stratton - In this episode I talk to professor Matthew Stratton about the 1979 cult classic, The Warriors. This is one of those films that you don’t know that you know, but trust me, you have seen or heard references, in particular it influenced a whole raft of 80s movies about cities in decline and young people in revolt. This one is the best of the bunch. We discuss urban utopias/ dystopias, cinematic realism,  rap, and the use of the classics in cinema. Stay Tuned!