Saturday, August 24, 2013

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows

Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

25 August 2013

Philosophy in Action Radio will not broadcast on Sunday, 25 August 2013.

Wednesday Evening, 28 August 2013: Cheryl Hein on "Parenting a Child with Disabilities"

I'll interview Cheryl Hein about "Parenting a Child with Disabilities" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 28 August 2013.

What are some of the rewards and challenges of parenting a child with disabilities? How should parents navigate family dynamics, education, and social interactions? How can parents do right by their disabled child, as well as themselves and other family members?

Cheryl Hein is the mother of nineteen year old boy-girl twins, one of whom, her daughter, was born with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism. In choosing the approaches for educating their twins, Ms. Hein and her husband considered a number of key values, such as effective education, opportunities for intellectual and social enrichment, family dynamics, and, as they got older, their kids' preferences; practical considerations such as cost and logistics were also weighed. Ms. Hein became heavily involved in understanding and navigating public school special education services and other available private and government programs for educating her children, and in advocating for the choices she believed were right for them. As she has lived with the daily and long range parenting challenges, she has also thought deeply about matters of family, private and government support for the education, care and keeping of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Ms. Hein received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. She has managed multi-million dollar R&D programs for private industry, state and federal governments for more than 30 years, in settings as broad as manufacturing, product development, private research laboratories and university research organizations. Most recently, as managing director of the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) and in private entrepreneurial efforts, she has focused on fostering advances in technologies for education and training based on combining findings from the science of learning with interactive computer technologies such as simulation and games to create learning systems that align effectively with how our brains work.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 28 August 2013. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.

Recent Podcasts

The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

18 August 2013: Q&A on Certainty, Limits of Sympathy, Scolding Children, Panhandlers, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

What must I do to reach certainty about a course of action? How much sympathy should I have for people failing in their obligations due to personal struggles? Is it wrong to discipline other people's children when they refuse to do so? How should I respond to panhandlers asking for money?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.
21 August 2013: Kelly Elmore on "The Value of Rhetoric" I interviewed English Ph.D student Kelly Elmore about "The Value of Rhetoric" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio: "What is rhetoric? Why does it matter? How can the basic concepts of rhetoric help us write more effectively, understand advertising better, or speak more effectively?" Kelly Elmore is an English graduate student in Rhetoric and Composition, an assistant director of the Georgia State University Writing Studio, a teacher of freshman composition, writing consultant for the geology department, homeschooling mom to Livy, partner to Aaron, and the instigator of family adventures for both, avid reader, lover of vampires and the Regency, separate or combined, Anglophile, extrovert, and proud possessor of a very tall soapbox. You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.

Recent Blog Posts

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