Scholars’ Circle – Insight into Good and Evil part II -/- Race, Ethnicity, Politics and Society – August 6, 2017

First, we continue our conversation with preeminent psychology scholar Ervin Staub. Last week we discussed how to build peaceful societies, particularly when some groups have been traumatized by violence, war or genocide. Erwin Staub’s latest book is The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil. This is part two of our discussion.

  • Ervin Staub is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Founding Director of its ​Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence.

Then, what is race? How is it distinct from ethnicity? And what do they mean for politics and society?

  • David Livingstone Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England. He is the author of Less Than Human: Why we Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others and The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War.
  • Garrett Albert Duncan is Associate Professor of Education in Arts & Sciences. He also teaches African & African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His publications are listed here.

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Look at World Arms Trade -/- Insight into Good and Evil – July 30, 2017

First, a look inside the arms trade and its effects on politics and society.[ dur: 33mins. ]

  • Suzette Grillot is a Professor of International Studies at University of Oklahoma. She is the co-author of the book The International Arms Trade.

Then, we speak with Erwin Staub about his latest book, The ​R​oots of ​G​ood​nes​s​ and ​R​e​s​ist​ance to ​Evil: Inclusive ​C​aring, ​M​oral ​C​ou​r​age, ​Altruism ​B​o​r​n of ​S​uffering, ​A​c​t​ive ​B​ystandership and ​H​e​r​oism. [ dur: 25 mins. ]

  • Ervin Staub is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Founding Director of its ​Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence.

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Agricultural Land Ownership by African-Americans -/- Political Corruptions and Consequence – July 23, 2017

First, did predatory developers use the law to confiscate thousands of acres from African-American? [ dur: 16 mins. ]

Then, we continue analyzing political corruption, its causes, consequences and remedies. [ dur: 42 mins. ]

  • Matthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Legislation and Regulation and the book chapter Corruption and Democratic Institutions: A Review and Synthesis.
  • Miriam Golden is Professor of Political Science at UCLA. She is the author of Heroic Defeats: The Politics of Job Loss and co-author of Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know.

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Animal and Human Connections -/- Humanitarian Intervention – July 16, 2017

First, do animals get depression, eating disorders, alcoholism, or diabetes? What can we learn from animals about healing? We explore the surprising common grounds between animals and human beings.

  • Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a cardiovascular consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo. She is the co-author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health.
  • Kathryn Bowers is a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health.

Then, do states have sovereign rights over their citizens or should outside forces bear responsibility to protect innocent victims within states? When should the international community/United Nations interfere? And how? What are the laws and ethics that should guide these decisions? Our panel of scholars looks at the politics and ethics of humanitarian intervention.

  • Frank Chalk is Professor of History and Director of Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. He is Co-director of the Will to Intervene project. He is the co-author of The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies, and associate editor of Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Jeff Holzgrefe is Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. He is the co-editor of Humanitarian Intervention: Legal, Ethical and Political Dilemmas.
  • Fernando Teson is Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar at Florida State University College of Law. He is the author of Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry Into Law and Morality and Philosophy of International Law.

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Power Shifts -/- Truth about Lies we speak and hear – July 9, 2017

First, power is shifting and changing hands more rapidly than ever. What does it mean for global politics, religion, and economies? [ dur: 22 mins. ]

  • Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of The End of Power.

Then, while many argue that we are in a post-truth era, some scholars argue that deception has always been ubiquitous. In this hour, we get some truth about lying. [ dur: 36 mins. ]

  • Timothy R. Levine is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Deception, Vol. 1 & 2 and many scholarly articles on deception.
  • David Livingstone-Smith is Professor of Philosophy in the University of New England. He is the author of Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others and The Most Dangerous Animal: Human Nature and the Origins of War.
  • Briony Swire-Thompson is a Ph. D. student in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. She is a co-author of the studies Processing Political Misinformation: Comprehending the Trump Phenomena, and Correcting false information in memory: Manipulating the strength of misinformation encoding and its retraction.

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Secret Heroes -/- Ownership Revolution -/- Green Gone Wrong – July 2, 2017

First, secret heroes. We know the role of presidents and other leaders in shaping history, however we hear little about the unsung heroes; many who have risked their lives to liberate and rescue others. Who might some of those secret heroes be? We are joined by Paul Martin author of Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World. [ dur: 14 mins. ]

New sustainable ownership models are emerging with groups, unions, and entire communities coming together to co-own their workplaces, homes, and sources of credit. We speak with Marjory Kelly, author of Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolutions. [ dur: 30 mins. ]

Finally, are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or worse, do they actually harm it? Heather Rogers is the author of Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution. [ dur: 14 mins. ]

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Oceans, life on the line – June 25, 2017

Ocean life is under threat by multiple stressors: climate change, acidification, plastics, pollution, overfishing, overexploitation. We spend the hour with four experts of the seas. We discuss the realities facing our oceans and strides we’re making to protect, recover, and restore our oceans.

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This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Promoting GMO to Mexico by US State Department Diplomats -/- Effects of UK and France Elections – June 18, 2017

Is the US State Department using its diplomatic efforts to push genetically modified foods into other countries? Our guest says yes. She traced US multi-pronged effort to persuade Mexico to allow genetically modified foods.[ dur: 23 mins. ]

Then, what will the elections in UK and France mean for the geopolitics with the US and the world? We’ll explore what may be in the global political forecast. [ dur: 35 mins. ]

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This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Political Corruptions it’s history, causes, effects and remedies – June 11, 2017

We spend the hour discussing corruption, particularly political corruption, its history, causes, costs to society and possible remedies.[ dur: 58mins. ]

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This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

Scholars’ Circle – Future of Europe – June 4, 2017

Today’s Scholars’ Circle was recorded before a live audience and explored the future of Europe, and whether the election of Macron gave signals about how the European Union would manage both internal and external issues.

Find book authored by our guest scholars on this Book Shelf .

This program is produced with generous contribution from Ankine Aghassian, Melissa Chiprin, Tim Page, Mike Hurst and Sudd Dongre.

By Maria Armoudian