Voices of Santa Clara


Thomas Plante: Doing the Right Thing

Ep. 11

Thomas Plante is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. Dr. Plante’s many titles include Augustin Cardinal Bea S.J. University Professor at Santa Clara, adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Licensed Psychologist and owner of his own family vineyard. He has written 22 books, well over 200 journal articles and hundreds of blog posts about heath, spirituality, ethics, psychology for Psychology Today and the SCU Illuminate blog. Dr. Plante has been interviewed by nearly every major national news outlet for his research and involvement with the wave of sexual misconduct by Catholic priests.

In this episode we cover Dr. Plante’s incredible career, how to get more happiness (and whether that’s a goal worth shooting for), how he thinks of topics to write about, what factors lead to greater compassion in students and much more. I don’t like to play favorites, but this may be one of my favorite conversations yet, and you’re in for a real treat.

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Dr. Danielle Morgan: Maybe I Can Do It Too

Ep. 98
Dr. Danielle Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California who specializes in African American literature and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is interested in the ways that literature, popular culture, and humor shape identity formation. In particular, her research and teaching reflect her interests in African American satire and comedy, literature and the arts as activism, and the continuing influence of history on contemporary articulations of Black selfhood. She has written a variety of both scholarly and popular articles and has been interviewed on topics as varied as Black Lives Matter, the dangers of the “Karen” figure, race and sexuality on the Broadway stage, and Beyoncé. Her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, is forthcoming Fall 2020 with University of Illinois Press as a part of the New Black Studies Series and addresses the contemporary role of African American satire as a critical realm for social justice.In this conversation, Dr. Danielle Morgan elaborates on the significance of English literature in her adolescence, her introduction to African American satire, the writing and publishing of her upcoming and first book Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, the memory of her late Uncle Kevin, her experience as the Frank Sinatra Faculty Fellow with the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the harassment she was subjected to by SCU Campus Safety on Aug 22nd.