Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey
World in Conversation
Dare to explore your own beliefs.
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ABOUT THE EPISODE
The World in Conversation Project relies on student facilitators and the Socratic method to generate candid dialog on some of today’s most difficult social issues—from race to the Middle East to college drinking culture. Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey, co-directors of the project, talk about their race relations work and why it’s sometimes necessary to break the rules in order to break down barriers.
For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Dr. Sam Richards and Dr. Laurie Mulvey are both faculty members in Penn State’s department of sociology. They are also co-founders and co-directors of the World in Conversation Project. The Project’s mission is to create an ideologically neutral environment for dialog where individuals can voice their candid thoughts and concerns about issues ranging from race to gender to the relationship between the West and the Middle East.
Each year, nearly 7,000 Penn State students discuss these contentious and dynamic issues in small groups co-facilitated by their peers. And now, through the use of video conferencing technologies, they are bringing students together for dialog from Gaza, Qatar, the West Bank, Kuwait, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. Their work has been reported on in The New York Times, MSNBC, The Christian Science Monitor, and PBS, as well as other media outlets.
Richards and Mulvey are not only colleagues and co-directors, but also spouses. This complex partnership provides an integrated foundation for their day-to-day work and their evolving mission.
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