Oct. 13, 2009: The Hero Project with Dr. Philip Zimbardo. Advocating for deaf children of color with Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber.

In education on September 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm

mp3:  Click here to listen to this show.

On the show this week we’ll have a live interview with Dr. Philip Zimbardo, professor of psychology at Stanford University.  Dr. Zimbardo’s pivotal 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment revealed that everyday people have a capacity to commit atrocious acts.  His 2007 book The Lucifer Effect explores further why events such as those at Abu Ghraib can happen.

Now Dr. Zimbardo, in developingThe Hero Project,turns to our potential for extraordinary acts of good. We discuss with Dr. Zimbardo how to foster everyday heroism, as individuals, in our classrooms and families, and in our society.

The second portion of our show will feature an interview with Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, assistant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia.  When her deaf step-daughter came into her life 10 years ago, Dr. Jowers’ life was changed.  She honed her sign language skills and became an advocate both as a parent and a scholar.  One day as they looked at a book of African-American history, her step-daughter wanted to know who was deaf.  Dr. Jowers began to research the stories of deaf African-Americans — sparked by her step-daughter’s need for role models.

Her most recent work can be seen in A Fair Chance In The Race of Life:  The Role of Gallaudet University in Deaf History.

We’ll end with a short segment about the community garden at Brooklyn College.  The college has plans to turn the garden into a parking lot, but there are efforts underway to save it, as community gardener Madeline Nelson tell us.

Check out the Facebook group for more information: Stop the Demolition of Campus Road Garden

Let’s talk about heroism… coming up.


Resources from our conversation with Dr. Zimbardo:

Dr. Zimbardo’s website

The Lucifer Effect

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Hero Project


Music on today’s show is by Paul Brill, Cirkestra, and Evil Art Form.




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