Philosophy Mixed Podcast
A Podcast Collaboration Between KTSW and the Philosophy Dialogues
Philosophy Mixed 1: Race and Black Identity in the 21st Century
Rebecca Farinas of the Texas State Philosophy department and Other Side Drive Executive Producer, Kimberly Clay, invite you to a new podcast series: Philosophy Mixed, a study of the nature of things. With guest Tafari Robertson, founder of the Pan African Action Committee at Texas State, we dive into the topic of black identity and the role media plays in covering stories of race and free speech.
For more studies on this topic, we recommend researching black philosophers W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke, and activists like Kimberlé Crenshaw.
For interesting events and lectures covering this topic even further, don’t forget to check out the Texas State Philosophy Dialogue series schedule.
Featured illustration by Erin Garrigan.
Philosophy Mixed 2: Body and Culture
In the second installment of Philosophy Mixed, Kimberly Clay and Dr. Craig Hanks talk with Caroline Gnagy, author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prion Band History, and Dr. Flore Chevaillier, professor in the Texas State English department and author of The Body of Writing: an Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction (The Ohio State University Press, 2013) and Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers (The Ohio State University Press, 2017).
In this episode, we discuss freedom versus control over human bodies and the effect that has on our autonomy.
For more research on this topic, we recommend The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the writings of Hélène Cixous, Caroline Gnagy’s Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prion Band History, and Vas: An Opera in Flatland by Steve Tomasula
Philosophy Mixed 3: Free Speech and Deliberative Dialogue
Dr. Rebecca Farinas sits down with Dr. Joann Carson and Dr. John J. Theis to talk about the difference between free speech and deliberative dialogue and what communities can do to facilitate constructive conversation.
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
From the Texas State Department of Philosophy and KTSW, welcome to Philosophy Mixed, the podcast series exploring philosophy and the nature of things. 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
From the Texas State Department of Philosophy and KTSW, welcome to Philosophy Mixed; the podcast series exploring philosophy and the nature of things. This session examines the intersection of philosophy and the visual arts.
Facilitators: Rebecca Farinas, Texas State Department of Philosophy; Nick Williams, KTSW Podcast Producer
- 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 (KTSW) for her help with the session.