Office Hours Podcast

Welcome to CLAFI Office Hours!

This podcast consists of 1-on-1, candid conversations between undergraduate students and professors at UCLA.

Our guests come from a variety of disciplines, particularly the liberal arts (e.g. humanities, arts, and sciences).

This podcast is perfect for UCLA students who want to learn more about their professors – and for anyone who is interested in the pursuit of knowledge.

The Office Hours podcast can be streamed on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube.

2. Teofilo Ruiz, History

Teofilo Ruiz, or “Teo” as he likes to be called, is a Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, and former chair of the History and Spanish & Portuguese Departments at UCLA. In 2012, Teo was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for his “inspired teaching and writing”. Teo has lectured internationally and is the author of many books, as well as dozens of scholarly articles on Medieval and Spanish History.

In this episode, Madison Elder speaks with Teo about his childhood in Cuba, his travels abroad, his recent retirement, and his ceaseless passion for teaching.

1. Peter Sellers, World Arts and Cultures

Peter Sellars is a renowned opera director, MacArthur Fellow, and distinguished professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. He is known for his contemporary stagings of classical operas and plays, as well as his academic-artistic collaborations that span disciplines and cultures. 

In this episode, Aldo Schwartz and Peter Sellars discuss Peter’s current projects, his new class on “Myth and Ritual”, the importance of honesty in creative discourse, and the role of artists in creating a better world.