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Philosophy Mixed 4: Women in Prisons

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 2.3 million people in American prisons, and in the past few decades there has been an unsettling increase of women in prison. In this podcast, we cover the topic of injustices faced by women in the prison, the role of motherhood when families are separated by the justice system, and the power of feminism in a place that strips power and dignity from incarcerated individuals.


Philosophy Mixed 5: People's Courts

In a people’s court, prosecutors and defense attorneys are absent and individuals represent themselves. These courts are often referred to as “inferior courts,” or lower courts, because of the simplicity of what they handle and the way they function. However, they can play an important role in allowing us to rethink legal theory and the way the judicial system operates.

Dr. Vincent Luizzi (Texas State, Philosophy) and Dr. Audwin Anderson (Texas State, Sociology) dive into the topic of people’s courts with Dr. Farinas and Dr. Vaughn Baltzly (Texas State, Philosophy), discussing the way people’s courts operate and how they can influence change in the way we view justice and law.

Dr. Luizzi’s book Appeal to the People’s Court: Rethinking Law, Judging, and Punishment was expected to be released in May 2018.

Philosophy Mixed 6: Education in Prisons

Education of incarcerated populations have shown to decrease recidivism rate and opens opportunities for those released from prison. Dr. Adam Key (Speach and Debate, Lee College), Jonathan Lollar (Texas State, Philosophy) and Cesar Bernal (Texas State, Philosophy) dive into a discussion with Dr. Rebecca Farinas (Texas State, Philosophy) and Kimberly Clay (KTSW) on ways that education changes prison communities and the role of empathy as a teaching tool.

For more ways to get involved, join Jonathan and Cesar with Texas State’s Philosophy Youth Initiative Program which works with at-risk youth and juvenile offenders in the Hays County area. You can also reach out to Lee College Huntsville Center for volunteer opportunities.


Philosophy Mixed 7: DACA and Immigration

As a Hispanic-serving institution and a school with a large population of Latinx students, DACA and immigration policy impacts Texas State University, the faculty and students that call it home. For years, DACA has allowed undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. as children to get an education and start their careers. These DREAMers are now facing uncertainty about the future of their education and documentation.

In this episode, Kimberly sits down with women who study immigration policy, philosophy, and who are impacted by decisions on DACA.


Philosophy Mixed 8: Philosophy and Music

Philosophy Mixed is a podcast series exploring philosophy and the nature of things from the Texas State Department of Philosophy and KTSW.

Rebecca Farinas (TXST Philosophy) and Nick Williams (KTSW) are joined by Nico Schuler and Utah Hamrick (TXST School of Music) to discuss issues surrounding music’s influence on our culture today. We want to thank Kimberly Clay (KTSW) for her help with this session.

Nico Schuler talks about musicology and how expression and interpretation contribute to personal and shared meanings in making and listening to music while referencing varied sources, such as bird song, Johann Sebastian Bach and Jacob J. Sawyer. Utah Hamrick discusses jazz as a conversational and communicative medium, referencing historical jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong. In addition the concept of live music is examined, along with music as a way to approach social issues and the importance of music education.


Philosophy Mixed 9: Philosophy and Art

Philosophy Mixed is a podcast series exploring philosophy and the nature of things from the Texas State Department of Philosophy and KTSW.

This session examines the intersection of philosophy and the visual arts.

Facilitators: 

  • Rebecca Farinas, Texas State Department of Philosophy
  • Nick Williams, KTSW

Guests:

  • Margo Handwerker, Texas State University Galleries
  • Jeffrey Dell, Texas State School of Art and Design
  • Anthony Cross, Texas State Department Philosophy

A special thanks to Kimberly Clay at KTSW for her help with the session.

 


Philosophy Mixed 10: Artificial Intelligence

Philosophy Mixed is a podcast series exploring philosophy and the nature of things from the Texas State Department of Philosophy and KTSW.

This session considers the philosophy of artificial intelligence and its implications today and in the future.

 

Facilitators: 

  • Rebecca Farinas, Texas State Department of Philosophy
  • Nick Williams, KTSW

Guests: 

  • Mark Graves, University of Notre Dame
  • Glen Miller, Texas A&M University
  • Dan Tamir, Texas State Department of Computer Science