The Grindstone


On Trolleys, Shutdowns and Face Masks

Season 4, Ep. 1

In this, the first full-length episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we start with some ethical questions. We start with considerations of moral dilemmas in a broader, philosophical sense. We then drill down to talk about the moral dilemma inherent in determining whether or not to shut down the economy as a response to the pandemic, and the different short- and long-term consequences this decision can, did, and will have. And is having, at the time we posted this episode. We also look at some of the potential effects of shutting down the economy on the heathcare system and the economy itself. We then end the show with considerations of the moral psychology of wearing face masks and the ethics of social distancing.

Our guests in this episode are: Dr. Dan Kelly, Professor of Philosophy at Purdue; Dr. Amy Martin, a bioethicist at IU Health; Dr. Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue; Dr. Audrey Ruple, Assistant Professor of One Health Epidemiology at Purdue; and Tom Doyle, a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Faithe Day: COVID-19, Race, and the COVID Black Taskforce

Season 4, Ep. 4
In the fourth episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we return to our typical interview format to speak with Dr. Faithe Day, Assistant Director of COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data.We discuss the COVID Black Taskforce, its mission, and how it was formed; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black essential workers; environmental factors in healthcare inequities in communities of color; how COVID Black has responded to the recent murders of Black lives at the hands of white police officers and white civilians; balancing the need for peaceful protests and social activism with the need to remain physically distant and to wear face coverings; and what people can do to support the push for racial equity and to dismantle racist policies.Dr. Faithe Day is the Assistant Director of COVID Black and a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation within the Libraries and School of Information Studies and the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. Dr. Day works on developing curriculum, data collection, and curation projects in collaboration with other scholars to identify critical frameworks and best practices to ensure an ethical and justice-centered approach to data curation, with a focus on Black and LGBTQIA+ community-based data and discourse. Some helpful links are below:COVID Black WebsiteCOVID Black Twitter: @COVIDBLK  Dr. Day's post in the AMSJ Blog "On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19"Thank you to Dr. Day, and thanks for listening!