Previous sessions

Oct. 11, 2018: Times of Crisis

(Left to Right) Carlos Mariscal, Caitlin Earley, Bretton Rodriguez, and Daniel Perez at the first Thought on Tap in October 2018

The first "Thought on Tap" was held on Thursday, Oct. 11. The topic was "The Humanities in Times of Crisis." The discussion was facilitated by Daniel Perez, the director of Core Humanities, and featured the following guests: Bretton Rodriguez (Core Humanities), Carlos Mariscal (Philosophy), and Caitlin Earley (Art). Questions asked: Are the humanities truly more necessary during a time of crisis? What is the role of the humanities during times of conflict and crisis? What is the individual responsibility of humanists? Speakers tackled these and other important questions.

Times of Crisis Podcast
Times of Crisis Transcript

Nov. 8, 2018: Resistance Movements

(Left to Right) Feicia Perez, Callum Ingram, Isabelle Favre, and Carlos Marsical at the second Thought on Tap in November 2018

On Nov. 8, the next Thought on Tap addressed "The Role of the Humanities in Resistance Movements." The discussion was facilitated by Carlos Mariscal, assistant professor of Philosophy, and featured the following guests: Callum Ingram (Political Science), Isabelle Favre (World Languages and Literatures), and Felicia Pérez (community organizer and activist, Reno Solidarity Network). Questions asked: What role have the humanities played in past resistance movements? How can the humanities be used to support current resistance movements?

Resistence Movements Podcast
Resistence Movements Transcript

Dec. 13, 2018: News and Social Media

(Left to Right) Katherine Fusco, Lydia Huerta, Paromita Pain, Joey Lovato, and Bretton Rodriguez at the third Thought on Tap in December 2018Audience members enjoying food and capitvating discussion at December's Thought on Tap

On Dec. 13, the next Thought on Tap addressed "The Role of the Humanities in the News and Social Media." The discussion was facilitated by Bretton Rodríguez, lecturer of Core Humanities, and featured the following guests: Katherine Fusco (English), Lydia Huerta (GRI and Communication Studies), Paromita Pain (Reynolds School of Journalism), and Joey Lovato (KUNR and The Nevada Independent). Questions asked: What roles do the humanities play in the news and social media? How can the humanities be used to address issues like "fake news" and faith in journalism? How do the humanities help us to understand the influence of social media on society today?

News and Social Media Podcast
News and Social Media Transcript

Feb. 14. 2018: Law, Ethics, and Justice

(Left to Right) Jim Webber, Christopher Church, Holly Scala, Kate Groesbeck, and Bretton Rodriguez at the forth Thought on Tap in February 2018

On Feb. 14, the next Thought on Tap addressed "The Role of the Humanities in Law, Ethics, and Justice." The discussion was facilitated by Bretton Rodríguez, lecturer of Core Humanities, and featured the following guests: Jim Webber (English), Christopher Church (History), Holly Scala (Political Science), and Kate Groesbeck (ASUN). Questions asked: What are some ways that the humanities intersect with and help us to understand the concepts of law, ethics, and justice? What are some ways that language - and public discourse more broadly - is used to shape ideas of ethics, justice, and fairness? How do the humanities inform policies and public discourses on ethics and social justice? How should we respond when laws conflict with ethics or justice? How do states and non-state actors justify violence and other actions that are considered by some to be immoral? How can the humanities be used to create more just, ethical, and equitable laws/practices that contribute to the betterment of society?

Law, Ethics, and Justice Podcast
Law, Ethics, and Justice Transcript

Mar. 14. 2018: Addressing Enviromental Issues

(Left to Right) Michael Branch, Ran Duan, Elizabeth Koebele, Debra Harry, and Callum Ingram

On Mar. 14, the next Thought on Tap addressed "The Role of the Humanities in Adressing Environmental Issues." The discussion was facilitated by Callum Ingram, assistant professor of Political Science, and featured the following guests: Michael Branch (English), Ran Duan (Journalism), Debra Harry (Gender, Race, and Identity), and Elizabeth Koebele (Political Science). Questions asked: How might the humanities play a role in facilitating equity in the distribution of natural resources? What is the role of the humanities in addressing climate change and other environmental issues? How does the representation of nature in cultural production shape our understanding of, and relationship to, the environment?