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Interviews with Scholars of Education about their New Books
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    Richard K. Miller (3): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    Richard K. Miller (3): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    In the concluding episode, Richard K. Miller, Olin College of Engineering President Emeritus, discusses how Olin has shared the key learnings from this innovative higher ed start-up, hosting over 800 groups from around the world who’ve come to observe what makes Olin so successful, and his current focus on translating these lessons about the value of hands-on, project-based learning to other top engineering institutions (UICU and MIT) and other academic disciplines.
    David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Morten T. Korsgaard, "Bearing with Strangers: Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion" (Routledge, 2018)

    Morten T. Korsgaard, "Bearing with Strangers: Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion" (Routledge, 2018)

    Bearing with Strangers: Arendt, Education and the Politics of Inclusion (Routledge, 2018) looks at inclusion in education in a new way. By introducing the notion of the instrumental fallacy, it shows how this is not only an inherent feature of inclusive education policies, but also omnipresent in modern educational policy. It engages with schooling through an Arendtian framework, namely as a practice with the aim of mediating between generations. It outlines a didactic and pedagogical theory that presents inclusion not as an aim for education, but as a constitutive feature of the activity of schooling. Drawing on the work of Hannah Arendt, the book offers a novel and critical perspective on inclusive education, as well as a contribution to a growing literature re-engaging didactic and pedagogical conceptions of teaching and the role of the teacher. Schooling is understood as a process of opening the world to the young and of opening the world to the renewal that the new generations offer. The activity of schooling offers the possibility of becoming attentive towards what is common while learning to bear with that which is strange and those who are strangers. The book points to valuable metaphors and ideas - referred to in the book as 'pearls' - that speak to the heart of what schooling and teaching concerns, such as exemplarity, judgement, and enlarged thought.
    Kai Wortman is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, University of Tübingen, interested in philosophy of education.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Richard K. Miller (2): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    Richard K. Miller (2): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    In part two of the interview with Rick Miller, the founding President of Olin College of Engineering, he describes the key elements of the Olin model that have helped this bold start-up become one of the most highly-rated and innovative models of undergraduate engineering education.
    David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Richard K. Miller (1): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    Richard K. Miller (1): Founding President of Olin College of Engineering

    This is the first of three episodes featuring Richard K. Miller, the Founding President of Olin College of Engineering, in Needham, MA. Olin was created in 1997, by at the time, the largest gift in higher education history, when the Olin Foundation decided to give its entire $460 million endowment to create a new college that could serve as a model for reinventing undergraduate engineering education. Miller, who served as Olin’s President from 1999 to 2020, describes his career before Olin and his decision to defy the advice of his colleagues and mentors to give up a secure, leadership position at the University of Iowa to join a start-up.
    David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.
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    • 40 min
    Pandemic Perspectives from a Recent College Graduate: A Discussion with Amy Sumerfield

    Pandemic Perspectives from a Recent College Graduate: A Discussion with Amy Sumerfield

    Welcome to The Academic Life. You are smart and capable, but you aren’t an island, and neither are we. So we reached across our mentor network to bring you podcasts on everything from how to finish that project, to how to take care of your beautiful mind. Wish we’d bring in an expert about something? Email us at cgessler@gmail.com or dr.danamalone@gmail.com. Find us on Twitter: The Academic Life @AcademicLifeNBN.
    In this episode you’ll hear about: social justice, chronic illness, the importance of self-advocacy and a support network, and what it’s like graduating from college and then applying to graduate school during a pandemic.
    Our guest is Amy Sumerfield, who describes herself like this: I am a 23 year old cisgendered woman living in Loveland, Colorado. I was born in South Korea and lived with a foster family there until I was five months old. I was eventually adopted by my current family where I then grew up in Boulder, Colorado. I am more than privileged to have the upbringing that I did and I would not be here today if it wasn't for their constant support. Growing up as an adoptee was certainly hard to process, and especially as I grew older, I began to struggle greatly with my multi intersectionality. Not only was I confused about my identity at the time, but I was also learning to live with an autoimmune disease - Lupus. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 11 years old, and having to limit my activity in an extremely active town was difficult and only added to my idea that I didn't fit in. It took a lot of ups and mostly downs for me to learn how to cope, but I eventually came out on a better end. I received my degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in August 2020 and am currently applying for my Masters in School Counseling. My goals are to take not only my educational background, but my personal experiences as well, to help advocate and support children and families in need. Although I had a very positive environment growing up, I had my own struggles and everyone does. Especially as children, they are extremely vulnerable and impressionable and I believe this is the most important time of their lives as it sets the foundation for their future and beyond.
    Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender. She is Amy’s first cousin. Christina co-created the Academic Life channel with Dr. Dana Malone during the pandemic.
    Listeners to this episode might be interested in:

    National Counsel for Adoption

    Family Resources

    Healthy Place: Mental Health Resources

    The Lupus Initiative


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    • 51 min
    John Sexton (4): President Emeritus of New York University

    John Sexton (4): President Emeritus of New York University

    We conclude the discussion with NYU President Emeritus John Sexton by discussing key points from his book, “Standing for Reason: Universities in a Dogmatic Age,” where he describes the pivotal role of universities in creating a “Second Axial Age.” He also reflects on the leadership lessons from his successful tenure as NYU Law School Dean and President, and how he was able to teach a full course load on top of the demands of these positions. And he describes what may be the longest planned transition out of a University presidency that occurred between 2009 and 2016, as well as the wonderful life he’s built since he returned full-time to the NYU Law School faculty.
    David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.
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    • 1 hr 20 min

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