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Scholars’ Circle – President Trump’s immigration policies – July 5, 2020

One of the most fundamental features of the Trump Administration is a policy of limiting immigration and reversing previous US policy on work visas, asylum, and deportation policy. Today we examine the status of this policy in light of recent US Supreme Court decisions and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Hosted by Douglas Becker, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of International Relations and Environmental Studies at USC, Los Angeles, CA. [ dur: 58 mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – How do we turn away from Institutional Racism and Genocide – June 28, 2020

With the world facing multiple crises, we speak with three preeminent scholars from psychology, anthropology and philosophy about the crossroads before us and ways that we can navigate them for the betterment of humanity. [ dur: 58mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – India-China border conflicts examined -/- Issues with privatization of governmental services – June 21, 2020

Tensions along the India/China border have left soldiers killed, emotions high, and the risk of war increasing. We examine the cause of these tensions and the importance of de-escalation on today’s show. Doug Becker hosts. [ dur: 34mins. ]

Then, how does privatization amount to what our guest calls a Constitutional Coup. [ dur: 24mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle -The campaigns to remove racially offensive public memorials -/- The impact of Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia – June 14, 2020

In days after the killing of George Floyd, protesters have made several demands to counter police violence and racism in the United States. Some of the demands directly relate to the history of race and violence in the nation, with a particular emphasis on the memory of the US Civil War. We explore the renewed campaigns to remove racially offensive public memorials. Hosted by Doug Becker [ dur: 27 mins. ]

In 1979, Vietnam invaded Cambodia and overthrew the genocidal Khmer Rouge government. What have been the consequences of that decision and its impact? Hosted by Dough Becker. [ dur: 29 mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Revolution in organizing civil protest for change -/- Why Power affects Moral judgement – June 7, 2020

The brutal police killing of George Floyd, a middle-aged, unarmed, Black man, provoked a massive wave of protest across America. How did this killing come to represent a much broader set of injustices in American life? Will the protests lead to anything? To get some answers, David S. Meyer interviews scholars Dana Fisher and Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland. [ dur: 48mins. ]

  • Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on questions related to democracy, activism, and environmentalism — most recently studying climate activism and the American Resistance. Her research employs a mixed-methods approach that integrates data collected through open-ended semi-structured interviews and participant observation with various forms of survey data. She is the author of the book, American Resistance. Twitter handle: @fisher_danar .
  • Rashawn Ray is Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public. Formerly, Ray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institute. He is co-author of How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work. His recent article titled, Bad apples come from rotten trees in policing.

Then, how power can breed immorality and hypocrisy. [ dur: 10mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle -Insight on Hong Kong protests – May 31, 2020

In this hour, as Beijing seeks greater control over Hong Kong, protesters are demanding the promised autonomy laid out in the 1997 agreement. What’s next for Hong Kong? What are the implications of China’s latest moves to strip more autonomy from Hong kong? We revisit our conversation from last year on this issue. Doug Becker hosts.[ dur: 58 mins. ]

This program is produced with contributions from the following team members: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – United nations Climate Treaty affected by COVID-19 pandemic -/- Moral Distress in time of COVID-19 – May 24, 2020

The global Covid-19 pandemic has provided new openings to link global health with climate action. How will this influence the upcoming meetings on global climate action, called COP 26? Doug Becker hosts. [ dur: 28 mins. ]

  • Shannon Gibson is Associate Professor of Political Science, International Relations, and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the forthcoming book Politics of Global Environment.

We look at the implications of moral distress and clinical decision making in the time of COVID-19. Lillian Ng hosts. [ dur: 30 mins. ]

  • Monique Jonas is a Senior Lecturer in Health Systems at the University of Auckland. Jonas is an ethical theorist specialising in health care ethics.
  • Phillipa Malpas is an Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. Malpas is an expert in medical ethics.

This program is produced with contributions from the following volunteers: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Building Emotional Resilience in time of crisis -/- How our ancestors dealt with climate and environment changes – May 17, 2020

How do we ride the emotional roller coaster of difficult times? We discuss building emotional resilience. Lillian Ng talks to Marthinus Bekker about building emotional resilience. [ dur: 34mins. ]

  • Marthinus Bekker is Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at University of Auckland, NZ. with a range of experience in both clinical work and research across a range of clinical, university, and private settings.

Then, how have our ancestors dealt with earlier changes in the climate and environment? What does it tell us about our current situation? [ dur: 23mins. ]

For a transcript of this interview, please visit: TheBigQ

This program is produced with contributions from the following volunteers: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? -/- Greenwashing culture – May 10, 2020

What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? Lillian Ng explores ways to support psychological well being. [ dur: 24 mins. ]

Greenwashing culture. How journalism, the entertainment industry and museums impact our environment. Joining us is Toby Miller author of 30 books, including Greenwashing Culture. [ dur: 32mins. ]

  • Toby Miller is a Professor Emeritus of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of 30 books including Greenwashing Culture. His Wikipedia page.

This program is produced with contributions from the following volunteers: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – How is Brazil Politics affected by COVID-19 pandemic -/- Psychological effects on Children due to COVID-19 – May 3, 2020

Brazil’s response to the coronavirus has implications not only for the country itself, but also the region and the world. We examine the policies and actions of the Jair Bolsanaro regime, the complexities of Brazilian federalism, and the state of the nation in the pandemic. Hosted by Doug Becker.[ dur: 28 mins. ]

Then, what psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? What ways families can support their children and adolescents? Hosted by Lillian Ng.[ dur: 29 mins. ]

  • Dr Melanie Woodfield is a clinical psychologist and research scientist at University of Auckland, NZ.
  • Dr Hiran Thabrew is Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Coordinator within the Department of Psychological Medicine, and Deputy Director of the Werry Centre for Infant,Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Univeristy of Auckland, NZ.

This program is produced with contributions from the following volunteers: Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Anaïs Amin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.