The official podcast of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Texas. Hosted by OLLI at UNT member Susan Supak, this podcast is a series of interviews with the faculty, staff, and members who make our program special. Learn more at https://olli.unt.edu/
Episode 62: Teaching Skepticism & Critical Thinking with Bryan Lovelace
We make important decisions every day. What informs those decisions? How can we know if our understanding of the world is based on reliable information? In this episode, Susan speaks with Bryan Lovelace, a board-certified behavior analyst and Adjunct Professor in UNT's Department of Behavior Analysis who owns and operates Texas Behavior Services, LLC.
Bryan walks Susan through the topics he covers in his undergraduate classes, where he teaches his students to think critically and practice skepticism. Using examples from the news and his own experiences supporting individuals with disabilities, Bryan demonstrates why it's important to identify bias in ourselves and others. He also advocates for the application of the scientific method in our everyday lives. By seeking out information that challenges our beliefs and tests our assumptions, Bryan explains how we can become more confident in our perception of reality.
Episode 61: Disinformation, Doxxing, & Deepfakes with Dr. Michael Greig
How can you tell what's real from what's fake on the internet? And who's behind the proliferation of misleading posts on social media? In this episode, Susan gets some answers from Dr. Michael Greig, Distinguished Teaching Professor in UNT's Department of Political Science. He begins by explaining how and why countries engage in disinformation campaigns in the digital age. After emphasizing the threat these activities pose, Dr. Greig shares his thoughts on what governments and citizens can do to make their societies more resilient in the face of disinformation. He also explains how doxxing can be an effective intimidation tactic used by governments and individuals. Finally, he explains the dangers posed by the increasing sophistication of deepfake technology.
To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit https://olli.unt.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 60: Women Musicians in the Age of Beethoven with Dr. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden
It usually thrills classical music fans to see their favorite Beethoven composition on a concert program. But how often have you seen his female contemporaries appear alongside him? In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, Assistant Professor of Music History in the UNT College of Music. She takes Susan on a journey to Europe from the 1770s to 1820s--precisely Beethoven's lifetime--to explore the musical worlds of women and girls. Dr. Geoffroy-Schwinden discusses the socio-economic possibilities that music provided to women even as it became increasingly impossible for a female Beethoven to steal the European stage. She also reflects on how current attitudes about this time period shape the way its female musicians are viewed today.
This episode was recorded on November 12, 2020.
To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit https://olli.unt.edu/ or email email@example.com.
Alumni Spotlight #8: UNT Day at the Capitol with Byron Campbell
In this Alumni Spotlight episode, Susan speaks with Byron Campbell ('05), Senior Partner at Capitol Insights, a legislative and business consulting practice. Byron assists the Alumni Association with UNT's Day at the Capitol, a program that connects the university's students with state lawmakers in Austin each legislative session. As Byron explains to Susan, this new initiative not only provides students with a real-world civics lesson, it allows state lawmakers to hear directly from the students who will be impacted by their decisions. After discussing how the program is being adapted for the current legislative session, which is taking place during the pandemic, Byron shares his goals for the future growth of this initiative.
To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit https://untalumni.com.
To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit https://olli.unt.edu.
Special Episode: Denton Black Film Festival 2021 with Harry & Linda Eaddy
In this special episode, Susan speaks with Harry and Linda Eaddy of the Denton Black Film Festival. They begin by discussing the history of the festival and how it has managed to expand so dramatically in its 7 years of existence. Although the pandemic has presented major challenges to the film industry, the festival will be offering more programming than ever before by adapting to a virtual format. From January 27 to February 1, attendees will be able to enjoy films, spoken word, dance, music, workshops, and more. Many of this year's events are being offered at no charge. In keeping with this year's theme, "We tell our stories," the festival will also offer opportunities for participants to discuss their experiences with each other in virtual spaces. As Harry and Linda explain, the goal of the festival is to provide ways for people of all backgrounds to come together and understand each other better.
For more information about this year's festival, visit http://dentonbff.com/. If you have questions about the festival, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To buy festival passes, go to https://dbff.eventive.org/passes/buy.
You can explore the festival's virtual catalog at https://watch.eventive.org/dbff.
To view the festival schedule in chronological order, go to https://dbff.eventive.org/schedule.
To learn more about OLLI at UNT's spring 2021 semester, visit https://olli.unt.edu/virtual.
Alumni Spotlight #7: Life After Loss & The Art of Ghostwriting with Angie Ransome-Jones
Our seventh Alumni Spotlight episode features author Angie Ransome-Jones. Now a successful ghostwriter with 12 books (and counting) under her belt, Angie didn't initially plan to write for others. "In this case," she tells Susan, "my pain led to my purpose."
When her father passed away, she learned some difficult lessons about the process of putting one's affairs in order. The success of her book chronicling that experience, "Path to Peace: A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One," opened the door to a new world of writing and consulting opportunities.
Through her roles as Vice President of the UNT Black Alumni Network and chartering member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's Dallas chapter, Angie supports initiatives that benefit UNT students and promote the health, education, and economic empowerment of black women and girls. As they conclude their conversation, she describes some of these organizations' current activities to Susan.
To watch Angie's appearance on Good Morning Texas discussing "Path to Peace," go to https://www.wfaa.com/embeds/video/287-2309554/iframe. You can also learn more about her writing at https://www.authorangieransomejones.com/.
We'll be back with another Alumni Spotlight in February!
To learn more about the UNT Alumni Association, visit https://untalumni.com. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit https://olli.unt.edu/ or email email@example.com.
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