Welcome to Third Eye Weekly–a podcast dedicated to answering the big questions through intimate story telling. Tune in and listen to BTR hosts Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz as they weave spoken word, independent music, and unique stories that help bring our inner and external selves to full circle.
Today’s podcast is about college. It’s a huge topic that can run the gauntlet on anything from student loans, all the way to changing curriculums.
But to narrow it down, our big question is:
In what ways do our nation’s colleges challenge commonly held preconceived notions and beliefs to bring about change for newer generations? And is the experience worth it, despite mounting debt?
We’ll kick it off by talking with two professors, the first is Professor Kenneth Goldsmith. He’s a poet and professor of uncreative writing at the University of Pennsylvania who is currently teaching a class called “Wasting Time on the Internet.”
We also talk with Professor Warren Haffar, who is the director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program. He teaches political science at Arcadia University, and has been considered one of the “most dangerous professors” in the country.
Lastly, we will be talking with our Third Eye guest, Courtney Smith, who gives us a different perspective on the experience of college. As a former foster and homeless youth, Smith struggled to find a physical and mental place for herself in the world. The college experience was nothing without the support of others to make it all worth while. She challenges preconceived notions of what homelessness actually is and seeks to shatter our stigmatized use of language. Today, she is advocating for legislation to bring more support and accessibility to homeless and foster youth throughout the nation looking to gain higher education.
This podcast will feature a spoken word poem by Joseph Capehart entitled, “Wolves”.
Also, feel free to check out our video interview with BTR staffers Michele Bacigalupo and Jessica Goulart.
Music & Poetry
“Embraced” by The Human Experience
“Una Cartina” by Intended Immigration
“Wolves” by Joseph Capehart
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