Thursday, August 13, 2020

Media Training for PhilosopherS

 New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since then, over 500 academics have attended AHRC and BBC workshops and developed programme ideas. Each year 10 academics are selected to be New Generation Thinkers. They have the opportunity to attend training with both the BBC and the AHRC before embarking on a host of public engagement and media opportunities, not least with Radio 3.

Media Training for Philosophers

 Luara Ferracioli, senior lecturer in political philosophy at the University of Sydney, will be taking part in a program “designed to nurture the communication skills and media awareness of our emerging thinkers to help them share their knowledge and expertise with audiences seeking credible material and informed debate.”

She is one of 15 scholars—five in the humanities, 5 in the sciences, and 5 in the arts—who was selected to take part in the “Top 5 Media Residency Program,” run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

[Gaetano Gandolfi, “Alexander and Diogenes”]

Those selected “spend two weeks in residence at ABC Radio National, working alongside some of the country’s best journalists and broadcasters, training in media communication and developing content for different ABC platforms.”

“Life is just one specific instance of lyfe” — NASA engineers a new concept, “lyfe”, intended to capture life as we know it on earth but also life as we may not know it (via Dan Weiskopf)

“The book is like a road map through the intricacies of disappointment” — this year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Albert O. Hirschman’s Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

Charcoal portraits of philosophers — from Paula Pereira, a librarian in California

The chemistry and ethics of love drugs — a discussion from Brian D. Earp and Julian Savulescu (Oxford)

“The Last Days of Immanuel Kant” is a 1996 movie now streamable on YouTube — “It follows the famously abstemious and abstruse philosopher as he’s anticipating his death, yet it’s a physical comedy filled with neo-slapstick intimacy”

Pandemic restrictions and moral luck — commentary from Roger Crisp (Oxford)

A repository of materials for instructors who want to teach critical thinking with argument mapping and mastery learning — the site, from Javier Hidalgo (Richmond) includes exercises, study guides, a syllabus, guides on how to teach this kind of class effectively, and more.

Significant enrollment jump in philosophy at ANU — reported in the Canberra Times