Dr. Peter Gathje – Hospitality: More than a Meal

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Dr. Peter Gathje, Professor of Christian Ethics and VP of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean at Memphis Theological Seminary. The conversation examines the meaning and importance of hospitality, exploring its relevance in the framework of American civic life, specifically in practicing hospitality in the context of social media, in real-life relationships, and finally, in restoring our community spaces. Dr. Gathje provides us with tools, including the need to act with humility and to understand we all are “fallible, finite and corruptible,” which provides a foundation to make us more welcoming to others.

Dr. Peter Gathje joined the faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2006. His research interests include farming and food, state sanctioned violence in war, the death penalty, policing, and imprisonment, homelessness, poverty, racism, holiness, alternative Christian communities, and virtue ethics. In addition to co-editing a book on Christian ethics, Doing Right and Being Good: Catholic and Protestant Readings in Christian Ethics, Dr. Gathje has written two books about the Open Door Community, a place of hospitality in Atlanta, Sharing the Bread of Life: Hospitality and Resistance at the Open Door Community, and Christ Comes in the Stranger’s Guise: A History of the Open Door Community and edited a third, A Work of Hospitality: The Open Door Reader.

Dr. Gathje is a founder and co-director of Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition located in Memphis. He helps with Room in the Inn, a shelter program involving area churches. He is active with a number of peace and justice organizations including Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He frequently speaks at local churches on a variety of topics, including various traditions of Christian spirituality, hospitality for persons who are housing deprived, holiness, and issues of social justice. Prior to coming to Memphis Theological Seminary, Dr. Gathje taught at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where he was Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, and Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he also served as Associate Dean of the Chapel.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from “A Ballad of the West”

Dr. Andre E. Johnson – Race and Politics: Authentic Conversations about Civil Rights & Social Movements

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Dr. Andre E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis, to discuss current and historical rhetoric used in civil rights and social movements. The conversation touches on the importance of honestly reckoning with our history of race and civil rights, the potential obstacles to lasting progress in issues facing our country, why it is important to be both an optimist and a pessimist about our future, and how individuals acting ethically and authentically in relationships deliver real change.

Dr. Andre Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. He teaches classes in African American Public Address, Rhetoric, Race and Religion, Media Studies, Interracial Communication, Rhetoric, and Popular Culture, and Hip Hop Studies. He is currently collecting and editing the works of AME Church Bishop Henry McNeal Turner under the title The Literary Archive of Henry McNeal Turner . He has already published the first six volumes, and the seventh one is set for publication in 2021. Additionally, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Gifts of Life Ministries, an inner-city church built upon the servant leadership philosophy in Memphis, Tennessee.
In addition to collecting the writings of Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson is the co-author (with Amanda Nell Edgar) of The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter He is the editor of Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality and his latest book is No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner.
In addition to what many consider groundbreaking work on Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson maintains an eclectic research agenda. Ongoing research projects explore the nexus between rhetoric, theology and the Bible, religion and politics, the rhetoric of President Barack Obama, religion and media, the prophetic rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois, and more recently, the rhetoric of Tyler Perry.

Additional Information:
http://www.aejohnsonphd.com/
http://www.memphis.edu/communication/people/johnson.php

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from “A Ballad of the West”

Mary Rasenberger – A Price of Freedom: Protecting Intellectual Property as a Bedrock of Civil Society

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Mary Rasenberger, CEO of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation, to discuss freedom of expression in the context of book publishing, the internet age and our civil society. We discuss the importance of defending intellectual property rights, the demand for a healthy civil discourse, and the need for freedom of expression even when we disagree.

Mary Rasenberger is the CEO of the Authors Guild (authorsguild.org) and Authors Guild Foundation. Prior to joining the Guild in November 2014, Mary practiced law for over 25 years in roles that spanned private practice, the government and corporate sector, as a recognized expert in copyright and media law. From 2002 to 2008 Mary worked for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress as senior policy advisor and program director for the National Digital Preservation Program. Immediately prior to coming to the Guild in late 2014, Mary was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, and previously Counsel at Skadden Arps, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of publishing, media, entertainment, and internet companies, as well as authors and other creators, in all areas of copyright and related rights. Earlier in her career, Mary worked at other major New York law firms and for a major record company. Mary is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on copyright law and authors’ rights. She is on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section; an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA; a founder of Copyright Awareness Week, and an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law, Copyright. Mary received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and her B.A. from Barnard College.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from “A Ballad of the West”

Nico Perrino – Defending Free Speech in Education

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Nico Perrino, VP of Communications with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), to discuss the state of free speech on college and university campuses. We consider challenges to free speech, such as cancel-culture and social media wars. Additionally we discuss essential practices of free speech, such as debate and discussion, listening, and creating opportunities for consensus building and change.

Nico Perrino is Vice President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)’s Communications department, including FIRE’s award-winning Newsdesk. He is also the creator and host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. Nico began defending civil liberties on campus with FIRE in 2010 as a summer intern. He joined FIRE full time in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. His writing has been featured in USA Today, Politico, and The Guardian, and he regularly travels the country to speak about student and faculty rights on campus.
As a documentarian, Nico was Co-Director and Senior Producer of “Mighty Ira: A Civil Liberties Story” , a feature-length film about the life and career of former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser. Previously, Nico served as Creative Consultant on “Can We Take a Joke?” , a film about censorship in stand up comedy. Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. While at IU, he was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico was inducted into FIRE’s Prometheus Society for his on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights. He was also a winner of the 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest sponsored by 1 for All and the Knight Foundation.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from “A Ballad of the West”

Jonathan Marks – Let’s Get Reasonable

In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Jonathan Marks, professor of political philosophy at Ursinus College, to discuss the case for a liberal education in American universities, focusing on the aim of creating reasonable students and citizens. Drawing on the works and thoughts of John Locke and other enlightenment thinkers, we discuss critical thinking, intellectual and character virtues, civics education, and political engagement. Most importantly, we are reminded to think critically about our own viewpoints, and that we can get along with our fellow citizens even when we disagree.

Our guest today is Jonathan Marks. Professor Marks teaches political philosophy at Ursinus College. He has published on modern and contemporary political philosophy in journals like the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of American Political Science, and the Review of Politics. He is the author of Let’s Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education and Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau. He co-edited and contributed to Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought.
Professor Marks also has written on higher education for InsideHigherEd, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributor to the Commentary Magazine blog. He received both his BA and his PhD from the University of Chicago.
Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from “A Ballad of the West”