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20 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
Climate Change, Water, and the Common Good with Ed Maurer
This week, we’ll look at the impact of global climate change and explore partnerships for local adaptation. We’re joined by Ed Maurer, Professor in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Professor Maurer joined Santa Clara’s Civil Engineering Department in 2003, where he teaches courses in hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, and sustainability. His professional experience includes work in municipal water supply and wastewater engineering, climate change impacts, western tribal water rights, and rural community water supply projects in Latin America. His recent research contributions involve modeling large scale hydraulic dynamics, improving long lead forecasting, and studying regional impacts of climate change, especially on water.
23 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Environmental and Food Justice in the Americas with Chris Bacon
Today, we’ll look at issues of food insecurity and food justice in the Americas, considering the compounding effects of climate change and exploring strategic and collaborative responses. We’re joined by Chris Bacon, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center. Professor Bacon specializes in sustainable livelihoods and food security in Central America and environmental justice in California. He is the principal investigator for two multi-year collaborative grants with funding from the National Science Foundation and Agropolis Foundation, France. Professor Bacon’'s work often takes a community-based and participatory action research approach to generate knowledge that informs both theory and social change. He teaches environmental politics and policy, political ecology, and food justice.
19 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Ensuring a Voice for Communities in Environmental Decision-making with Tseming Yang
How can we ensure that the benefits of environmental regulation, as well as the burdens of toxins and pollution, are justly distributed? Today, we’ll look at a specific case in California filed with the Environmental Protection Agency in order to consider and evaluate all that is at stake for environmental justice. We’re joined today by Tseming Yang, Professor of Law at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. Professor Yang teaches environmental law, and his research focuses on the intersection of social justice and civil rights issues with environmental law. He served as Deputy General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama Administration, as Director of a USAID and State-department funded initiative to build China’s institutional capacity in environmental law and governance, and as an attorney in the Environmental Division of the US Department of Justice.
26 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Water Security and the Common Good with Iris Stewart-Frey
Today, we will look at issues of water justice and water security and consider the compounding effects of climate change, waste contamination, corporate management, and load. How can we forge a path towards greater water security that includes environmental justice and sustainability? We’re joined today by Iris Stewart-Frey, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. Her research is focused on past and future impacts of climate change on water resources for humans and ecosystems and she recently has been a collaborator on interdisciplinary environmental justice projects in Santa Clara County and with smallholder farmers in Nicaragua.
22 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Engaged Scholarship for Environmental Justice with Chad Raphael
Environmental justice is a principle that affirms the right of all people to healthy, livable communities. Today we explore the ways in which academics from a range of university disciplines can effectively partner with advocacy groups, activists, and the broader community to advance the work of environmental justice. We’re joined by Chad Raphael, Professor in the Communication Department at Santa Clara, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. He has worked on environmental justice issues for over 20 years as a researcher, a consultant on communication campaigns, and a former chair of the board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.
24 minutes | Oct 31, 2017
Labor, Aspiration, and Gender Justice Beyond the Plantation with Mythri Jegathesan
Today we’ll explore why Tamil women on Sri Lanka's tea plantations work in formal and informal labor economies in and beyond Sri Lanka. We’re joined by Mythri Jegathesan, Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her research focuses on gender, labor, minority politics, and development in the global south, specifically Sri Lanka and South Asia and she currently serves on the board of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.
16 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
Gender Justice Through the Eyes of Children with Sonja Mackenzie
Today we’ll explore LGBTQ+ community advocacy and social action among school-aged children and their families. We’re joined by Sonja Mackenzie, Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic, examines intersections of gender, sexuality, and racism and her current project looks at the work of community advocacy in relation to LGBTQ rights among some of our youngest members of society.
27 minutes | Oct 17, 2017
Gender In/sight and the Common Good with Stephanie Wildman and Adam Chang
Today we’ll explore questions of gender justice from legal and advocacy perspectives, examining privilege and discrimination dynamics associated with gender expression and gender identity. We will also explore a new integrative approach to these issues through a methodology called gender in/sight. We’re joined by Stephanie Wildman and Adam Chang. Stephanie is Professor of Law, emerita at Santa Clara University whose scholarship emphasises systems of privilege, gender, race, and classroom dynamics. Adam Chang is an educator and community organizer, whose work engages refugee resettlement, LGBT civil rights, HIV prevention, and youth leadership.
15 minutes | Oct 10, 2017
Constructing Masculinity in the Criminal Justice System with Patrick Lopez-Aguado
Today we will examine how our criminal justice institutions function as socializing forces, particularly with respect to lessons on masculinity. We’re joined by Patrick Lopez-Aguado, Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Santa Clara University, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. His research interests include juvenile justice, urban ethnography, and the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and he is currently completing a new book entitled Stick Together and Come Back Home.
22 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
Gender Justice and the Indian Comic with Sharmila Lodhia
Today we will examine the reality of gender violence on a global scale and consider emergent forms of community advocacy to effect transformative social change. We’re joined by Sharmila Lodhia, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her research examines legal responses to violence against Indian women through a transnational lens, highlighting the impact of migrating spouses, traveling cultures, and shifting bodies of law.
20 minutes | May 16, 2017
Do Political Contributions Hinder the Pursuit of Economic Justice? with Anne Baker
Today, we’ll explore the impact of money on congressional representation. How is economic justice and the common good realized within our democracy today? We’re joined by Anne Baker, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Santa Clara, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. She teaches courses on American Politics and her present research focuses on money in US Politics, particularly its impact on congressional elections and representation as well as the operations and strategies of political parties and interest groups.
20 minutes | May 9, 2017
Economic Justice in the Christian Scriptural Tradition with Catherine Murphy
This week we’ll critically examine how the Christian scriptural tradition underwrites historical and even contemporary commitments to economic justice. We’re joined by Catherine Murphy, Associate Professor of New Testament in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute scholar in the Ignatian Center. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Bible, historical Jesus, gender and early Christianity, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a course on economic ethics, titled “Wealth, Work, and The Gospel”. She’s published three books and is currently preparing a book that situates early Christian testimonies in their economic and political contexts.
18 minutes | May 2, 2017
Self-Interest, Economic Instruction, and the Common Good with John Ifcher
Today we’ll explore the discipline of economics itself. Do classical economic models teach us to privilege our own self interest as the most efficient means to the good? Is an economy of the common good even possible? We’re joined by John Ifcher, assistant professor in the economics department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute scholar in the Ignatian Center. He teaches courses in microeconomics, the economics of the public sector, and the economics of poverty and income inequality. His recent work focuses on subjective well being, social welfare programs, and the decisions people make that affect others.
20 minutes | Apr 25, 2017
Educational Inequality and First Generation College Students with Laura Nichols
Today, the social class you are born into is the greatest predictor of your likelihood of graduating from college. The success of students in graduating with the necessary skills and ethical foundations provides a valued good to our communities. We’re joined by Laura Nichols, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University in conversation with Erin Kimura-Walsh, Lorenzo Gamboa, and Alma Orozco. What are the barriers and bridges for first-generation college students today? What supports are necessary? Does the Jesuit Catholic mission of a place like Santa Clara University uniquely shape the experience of first-generation college students?
20 minutes | Apr 18, 2017
The Computer Girls and the Digital Divide with Sreela Sarkar
Does access to Information Technologies lead to the leveling or breaking down of inequalities? This week we’re joined by Sreela Sarkar, Assistant Professor in the Communication department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. Drawing from approaches in global communication, feminist studies, and critical policies studies, her ethnographic research seeks to understand how economic development is experienced by urban, marginalized communities who have complex and intersecting identities of class, caste, religion, and gender.
22 minutes | Apr 11, 2017
Shared Values and Economic Justice with Bill Sundstrom
What is economic justice? In this week’s episode we are joined by Bill Sundstrom, Professor in the Economics Department at Santa Clara University, and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Professor Sundstrom’s research looks at the causes and consequences of poverty and income inequality in the Silicon Valley region, as well as relevant policy responses. In this week’s episode he examines the often competing values that underwrite current U.S. economic practice, proposing three economic principles to advance the common good: security, opportunity, and fairness.
18 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
Truth as a Common Good with Margaret Russell
Today, we will explore how truth and truth telling are a common good. How do experiences of racial injustice in the United States require a truth telling beyond present legal provisions? Might we need to expand the array of resources available to communities to bring about racial justice and the common good? We are joined by Margaret Russell, Bannan Institute Scholar and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, where she teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, and social justice. She is co-founder of two non-profits: The East Palo Alto Community Law Project and the Equal Justice Society. She is currently co-authoring a book on transitional justice and the US experience entitled Righting Historical Wrongs.
20 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Preschool to Prison Pipeline with Brett Solomon
This episode looks at the preschool to prison pipeline, asking how implicit racial bias among school teachers results in increased suspensions and expulsions among students of color. How might the development of cultural competence disrupt such implicit and explicit bias? We are joined by Brett Solomon, Associate Professor in the Child Studies Program at Santa Clara University where she also serves as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her current research focuses on the school to prison pipeline and she directs SCU’s Future Teachers Project, a program for students of color who want to teach in urban and underserved communities.
21 minutes | Feb 7, 2017
Racism and White Allyship with Tony Hazard
Today, we will explore the ways in which race has been constructed in the national landscape; how anti-racist and racist movements defined national identity from World War II through the Obama and Trump presidencies. We are joined by Tony Hazard, Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. His first book, Postwar Anti-Racism, examines the interplay of US cultural relations, and the production of scientific theories of race at the United Nations immediately following World War II.
20 minutes | Jan 31, 2017
Immigration, Assimilation, and Difference with Hsin-I Cheng
This episode explores the issue of racial and ethnic justice and the common good through the lens of immigration, engaging movements of assimilation and difference within the production of national identity and the pursuit of a common good. We are joined by Hsin-I Cheng, associate professor in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar, whose book Culturing Interface: Identity, Communication and Chinese Transnationalism investigates the experiences of a Chinese and Taiwanese community on the U.S. Mexico border.
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