'Conversations' to feature back-to-back episodes on Big Ten Network

July 22, 2011

Penn State Public Broadcasting will show a new episode of "Conversations from Penn State" at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and again at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, on WPSU-TV.

These shows will take an inside look at the World in Conversation Project, a study of dialogue surrounding social and cultural issues. Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey, co-directors of the project, talk about their race relations work and why it's okay to examine politically incorrect thoughts as a way to think through the issues.

In September "Conversation from Penn State" will introduce Scott Robertson, an autistic adult pursuing a doctorate at Penn State. He will discuss adult life on the spectrum and how he hopes to see more widespread acceptance of those with autism, especially as more people on the spectrum enter the workforce.

“Conversations from Penn State” is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey founded the World in Conversation Project at Penn State in 2002. Formerly known as the Race Relations Project, this study encourages undergraduate students to have detailed discussions with their peers and Penn State staff on the topic of race relations. The World in Conversation Project challenges Penn State students to explore personal experiences, views, biases and roles in pressing social issues. Richards received his doctorate from Rutgers University in political sociology and development with an emphasis on Latin America and Africa. Mulvey pursued her doctorate at Penn State’s Department of Health and Human Development and Family Studies.

Scott Michael Robertson was self-diagnosed as an Asperger's autistic individual in 1999 and received a clinical diagnosis from the Penn State Psychological Clinic in 2005. Currently, Robertson attends a doctoral program in information sciences and technology at Penn State and his dissertation research focuses on how online communities can support the transition to college for students on the autism spectrum.

The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu online.


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Last Updated July 25, 2011