Beyond Boundaries Podcast
By Robert Morgan
A podcast where we interview faculty, students, staff, and alums of the Beyond Boundaries series of courses and the Beyond Boundaries Program at Washington University in St Louis. In this podcast we aim to reach across the digital divide and highlight engaging stories told by Beyond Boundaries faculty and students at WashU and their ideas for future work and play. We hope to give you a window into what Beyond Boundaries is featuring the next generation of interdisciplinary thinkers and collaborators.
55: Loren Lacruz
On this episode, Rob sits down with Class of 2025 Beyond Boundaries Program student Loren Lacruz who intends to double major in Psychology and Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences at WashU. Rob and Loren discuss LOTS of things including Loren's "big question" that got her into Beyond Boundaries and how that question has evolved, her internship as a paralegal last summer in NYC with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, her work as a Podcast Operations Intern with Bryon Pierson and his company EDUrain that addresses challenges with off-campus housing and financial education for students, her workstudy roles in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Admissions for the WashU School of Law, and her new podcast True Shh available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube. Click the link that's right for you and give a listen! And don't miss this episode full of wisdom for all students!
November 01, 2022
54: Abram Van Engen & Peter Boumgarden (Morality & Markets)
On this episode, Rob sits down with Professor, Author, and Chair of the Washington University in St. Louis English Department Abram Van Engen and Koch Professor of Practice for Family Enterprise and Director of the Koch Center for Family Business Peter Boumgarden. Professor Boumgarden is also the Academic Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at the Olin Business School at WashU. Together, these two WashU faculty members teach a popular Beyond Boundaries Program course called Morality & Markets offered next Spring. They join the pod to discuss their work at WashU, how they connected, and the reasons behind choosing to teach a course that questions combining business and literature can open in unique ways. The course uses great books, classics of film and modern television, and the tools of modern psychology and business strategy to think critically about what is entailed in living a moral life in the midst of the modern market. Don't miss this episode and be sure to enroll in this GREAT class next Spring!
October 25, 2022
53: Bianca Rodriguez Pagano
On this episode, Rob interviews self-proclaimed "Scholar Kid" Bianca Rodriguez Pagano, a student in the Class of 2025 cohort of the Beyond Boundaries Program. Bianca talks about her history as an "ABC" A Better Chance Scholar, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Scholars and the Herrendorf Family Foundation and her role as a proud member of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program at WashU. We talk about her major in marketing at the Olin School of Business and minors in the Business of Social Impact and Design at the Sam Fox School as well as her family's love of dogs and their volunteer work with No Dogs Left Behind in New York City. Don't miss this episode!
August 04, 2022
52: Sparkle Whitaker
On this episode, Rob sits down with Sparkle Whitaker, a recent Class of 2022 Washington University in St. Louis alum with majors in Fashion Design and Sociology. Sparkle talks in depth about her Creative Collaborations project that she did with classmate Danielle Branch, her involvement in student groups from being a costume designer for Black Anthology to Design for America to the Sam Fox School Black Students Network she founded at WashU. We talk about her next steps post-graduation including her own professional label: The Onyx Label and how she had a pair of fashion shows in St. Louis (Made to Model) and Chicago within a 24hr period last Spring. And big shout out as well to her grandmother Rosie who taught Sparkle how to sew at age six. Don't miss hearing some sparkling wisdom from Sparkle Whitaker on this episode!
July 09, 2022
51: Christine Nguyen & Mary Kate Charles (Creative Collaborations)
On this episode, Rob chats with another pair of Washington University in St. Louis students who have received a Creative Collaborations grant for a project related to writing and crafting a children's book that will help multicultural families explain the cancer diagnosis of a loved one to a child. The students are Beyond Boundaries Program student Christine Nguyen and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts student athlete and Ghostlights cast member Mary Kate Charles. We chat about how they met in the Catholic Student Center (CSC), study in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities, and the non-profit that Christine founded called Limitless Foundation dedicated to providing support for cancer patients and treatment centers. We also talk about Mary Kate's art and Christine's magical cheap-flight algorithm which has made her a world traveler in recent years. She documents her journeys in her travel blog Sightseeing with Stine. A terrific episode featuring two extraordinary students. Check it out!
February 08, 2022
50: Aisha Adedayo
On this 50th episode, Rob interviews Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2025 student and AP Scholar Aisha Adedayo from her home in Minneapolis, MN. Aisha is in her first year at WashU and intends to be an Organization & Strategic Management major in the Olin Business School. Aisha spent a gap year in 2020-21 with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Behavioral Health Technician. In this episode, we talk all about that, the non-profit she co-founded called Pathway to College that provides underserved Minnesota high school students with the resources, mentorship and guidance to apply to college nationwide, the WashU BOLD@Olin (women in business) and First-Year Summer Academic (FSAP) programs that Aisha attended prior to officially attending WashU, and her latest business venture as a portrait photographer as founder of a company called Narative Portraits.
January 28, 2022
49: Alicia Yang & Victoria Xu (Creative Collaborations)
On this episode, Rob chats with a pair of WashU students taking advantage of the Creative Collaborations Initiative under the umbrella of the Beyond Boundaries Program where they receive funding to explore an interdisciplinary across divisions at WashU. Alicia Yang from the College of Arts & Sciences and Victoria Xu from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts plan to address an issue related to homelessness in the St. Louis area by connecting the homeless with information they need to find resources. Their proposal includes creatively designing a booklet that is accessible to individuals who may potentially be illiterate or speak different languages and involve, for example, designing detailed maps with transportation routes to connect unhoused people to services in a way that is easily understandable. It's a great project and we hope YOU consider finding a student partner and apply for YOUR OWN Creative Collaborations grant today!
January 11, 2022
48: David Webb & Ray Ehrhard (To Sustainability & Beyond)
On this episode, Rob chats with the pair of faculty teaching a very popular Beyond Boundaries course this Spring called 'To Sustainability And Beyond: People, Planet, Prosperity' in Professor Ray Ehrhard, a faculty member in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering (EECE) in the McKelvey School of Engineering and Professor David Webb from Environmental Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. Originally conceived by Professor Webb and Professor Avni Solanki, the course serves as a great pathway to other courses on sustainability such as Sustainability Exchange as well as student groups like Engineers Without Borders which Professor Ehrhard discusses on this pod! If climate change, the environment, water, etc. are important to you, you definitely want to give this episode a listen!
January 07, 2022
47: Molly Rogers
In this episode, Rob chats with Beyond Boundaries Program student and Marketing & Psychology double major Molly Rogers from Cleveland, Ohio. Molly talks about her journey to WashU and her Questbridge application, first year Beyond Boundaries courses like Designing Creativity and When I'm 64, case competitions in the Olin School of Business, and even the Drone Racing League. Perhaps most importantly, Molly illustrates the "ships" concept: how building relationships with faculty like Dr. Diana Parra and Director Patrick Rishe and others mixed with initiative and drive can lead to some amazing internship opportunities with companies like Pegasus, Rem & Company, and her upcoming one with Anheuser Busch in their Commercial Trainee Program. Molly also shares stories about her incredible experience from Spring 2021 as both a full-time WashU student and a full-time employee in Costa Rica and her upcoming study abroad opportunity in Dublin, Ireland. Lots of great wisdom and humor from Molly. Do NOT miss this episode!
December 28, 2021
46: Ella Urton
On this episode, Rob chats with Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2025 student Ella Urton who has interests in studying Urban Studies and Dance at WashU in addition to her other passions including working at SWAP (Sharing With A Purpose), one of WashU's many STEP (Student Entrepreneurial Program) businesses, visiting St. Louis area museums, and museum curation. During the chat, we talk about Ella's course schedule from last Fall and her upcoming Spring courses in Beyond Boundaries, local dance legends Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham, plants (and who she does and does not trust caring for them), binge-watching Last Airbender (and others) with her mom while virtual learning, and her challenges with bleach unintentionally ruining her clothes. Listen and SUBSCRIBE!
December 21, 2021
45: Jessica Weldon & Cyril Loum (Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
In this episode, Rob sits down with a pair of Assistant Directors with the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship dedicated to fostering and empowering an inclusive community that finds opportunities in problems and transforms ideas into action. The center builds an ecosystem of education, research, and resources that engages all WashU students, faculty, alumni, and staff as entrepreneurial leaders and collaborators. Joining Rob to talk about the Skandalaris Center are Assistant Director of Programs Jessica Weldon and Assistant Director of Venture Development Cyril Loum. We talk about their journeys from towns both near and far, some amazing startup-stories or startups launched by WashU students, as well as their advice for current students looking to connect with resources at the Skandalaris Center. We also talk about Cyril's life-changing non-profit in Caring Ministries, Inc. and Jessica's role as a 4-year advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences. Don't miss this episode if you want to learn how to connect ideas and launch businesses in St. Louis and beyond!
December 10, 2021
44: Brandon Perez & Heidy Piña
On this episode, Rob chats with two Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Beyond Boundaries students based in the School of Architecture in BB24 student Brandon Perez and BB25 student Heidy Piña to talk about how architecture, when leveraged with public policy and communication design, can be a power for good in the world! We chat about the new Creative Practice for Social Change minor launched by Beyond Boundaries and Communication Design instructor Penina Acayo Laker, Brandon's time as a Goldman Fellow with the Creative Exchange Lab studying East St. Louis, and Heidy's first semester and "big question" that proposes a solution to homelessness through a combination of architecture, communication design, and public policy. Don't miss this great chat with two AMAZING Beyond Boundaries Program students!
November 10, 2021
43: Meghan Kirkwood & Phillip Maciak (St. Louis & the Documentary Image)
On this episode of the pod, Rob chats with Professors Meghan Kirkwood (Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts) and Phillip Maciak (Arts & Sciences) about their brand-new Beyond Boundaries course launching in the Spring of 2022 called St. Louis & the Documentary Image. Professor Meghan Kirkwood is a photographer who researches the ways landscape imagery can inform and advance public conversations around land use, infrastructure, and values and Professor Maciak's work explores the convergence between literature, visual media, and religious popular culture. He writes regularly for the LA Review of Books. The pair talk about this new course and how it will explore connections across their disciplines, afford students an opportunity to create their own documenatary work in different forms, and culminate in an exhibition of the work for the WashU and St. Louis community. Don't miss this episode about this exciting new course with these two dynamic faculty members!
November 04, 2021
42: Angela Hobson & Scott Krummenacher (Environmental Racism & the Health of Everyone course)
On this new Beyond Boundaries Podcast episode, Rob interviews the two dynamic Washington University in St. Louis faculty behind the NEW Beyond Boundaries course offered this Spring called Environmental Racism & the Health of Everyone in Dr. Angela Hobson, Assistant Dean for Public Health at the Brown School and Professor Scott Krummenacher in Environmental Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. They discuss this new course that focuses on environmental inequalities in St. Louis that threaten the health and well-being of low-income communities and communities of color who are increasingly on the frontlines in the fight against climate change, air and water pollution, food security, and many other urgent environmental problems. We also discuss their individual journeys from undergraduate school and beyond that led them to intersect in this new course open to ALL 1st Year students at WashU. Don't miss hearing this unique discussion about this important class.
October 15, 2021
41: Chef Gerard Craft
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, Rob catches up with Chef Gerard Craft! Chef Craft is an award-winning chef as well as partner in Niche Food Group. Chef Craft was a guest in a Beyond Boundaries course called Designing Creativity at Washington University in St. Louis back in the Fall of 2015. Chef Craft and Rob chat about all kinds of topics related to the amazing work he does in St. Louis from the creativity in cooking to entrepreneurship to failure being an essential ingredient (pun intended) to any successful endeavor in life. You DO NOT want to miss listening to this episode and the wisdom Chef Craft imparts!
September 11, 2021
40: Dean Georgia Binnington (Sam Fox School)
On this episode, Rob sits down with Associate Dean of Students for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Dean Georgia Binnington. Georgia advises all students in the Beyond Boundaries Program that show interests in art and/or architecture. We talk about Georgia's upbringing in St. Louis, her time as a art history student at WashU and later as an advisor to what now represent hundreds of WashU alums and current students. Don't miss this wide-ranging and interesting talk with Georgia!
June 14, 2021
39: Dean Melanie Osborn (McKelvey School of Engineering)
On this episode, we visit with Senior Assistant Dean in the McKelvey School of Engineering Melanie Osborn who talks about advising students in Engineering and also advises Beyond Boundaries Program students with an interest in that area. We talk about her upbringing as the daughter of educators in a small Missouri town, her many advisory roles at WashU over a period of 23 years including in the College of Arts & Sciences, her desire to know as much as she can about her advisees including pet names, and the wisdom she has been able to impart to so many over a long period of time. We are joined by her two big rescue dogs Hugo and Remi and we find out how one "chose" the other. Tune in and listen!
May 17, 2021
38: Dean Paige LaRose (Olin Business School)
With this episode, we begin a series of podcast interviews with 4 undergraduate deans who advise all Beyond Boundaries Program students across 5 divisions at WashU: Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. This pod episode features Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs for Olin Business School Paige LaRose. We talk about everything from advice to students interested in the Olin Business School to Paige's own undergraduate, graduate, and law school journey. We also chat about her three kids and salute her on this Mother's Day. Give a listen!
May 10, 2021
37: RuthAnne Dunn
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, Rob has a conversation with Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2024 student RuthAnne Dunn. They chat about RuthAnne's journey to WashU as a early-decision Questbridge applicant and her year taking a number of courses Rob teaches from Designing Creativity to the Beyond Boundaries Seminar to the Intro to Theatre Production course. RuthAnne's interests cover the gamut from sustainability to linguistics. Her involvement all across campus ranges from programs like Deneb STARS (where she will be an Aspirational Peer Mentor next year) and Period Ambassadors to her association with student groups like the Aristocats (Disney-themed a capella) to the Association of Christian Youth Seekers (ACTS).
April 08, 2021
36: Kimberly Hwang & Nicole Chen
In this pod episode, Rob talks with a couple of College of Arts & Sciences students in the Beyond Boundaries Class of 2024 in Kimberly Hwang joining the call from Taiwan and Nicole Chen in Los Angeles. We talk about how they know each other from grade school, awkward P.E. class events, WashU student groups, and the difficulty in properly raising succulents and fish without killing either.
February 25, 2021
35: Sam Ko and Dhillon Miyashiro
On this episode, Rob chats with two Beyond Boundaries Class of 2023 students in Samantha 'Sam' Ko and Dhillon Miyashiro. Both have connections across divisions between the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Olin School of Business. We chat about their hometown of Los Angeles and Dhillon's return to campus this semester despite frigid St. Louis temperatures. Both talk about their interdisciplinary journeys and evolving interests across both schools at WashU, how they spend free time when they have it, and wisdom for incoming 1st Year students. Check it out!
February 14, 2021
34: Mandy Huang & Bennett Rosenberg
After a winter break hiatus, the Beyond Boundaries Podcast is BACK with a new episode featuring two students involved in sustainability, the environment, and climate change. Mandy Huang (WashU '22) is an Associate in the Office of Sustainability and an Environmental Analysis major in the College of Arts & Sciences along with Bennett Rosenberg (WashU '23) a Beyond Boundaries Program cohort student, an Associate with the Climate Change Program with a minor in the Business of Social Impact in the Olin Business School. We talk about their individual and interdisciplinary paths of study at WashU, influential courses, faculty they admire, and ... favorite breakfast cereals. Listen & subscribe!
January 22, 2021
33: Heather Cameron and Joe Steensma (Endgame of Entrepreneurship course)
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, we talk with two of the four amazing professors teaching the Endgame of Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Capitalism for Good course in Dr. Heather Cameron and Professor Joe Steensma from the Brown School of Social Work. The course is offered next Spring in the Beyond Boundaries slate of course offerings to ALL 1st Year students at WashU! We discuss the big ideas behind the course itself and dig into each professor's journey to and areas of research at WashU. We discuss social enterprises of all kinds from the use of sports for community development (Boxgirls for example) to what biology and birding can teach us about business. We even touch on kayaking and sailing as well. Don't miss this episode!
November 18, 2020
32: Deanna Benjamin
On this episode of the pod, Rob sits down with Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and Senior Lecturer in the College Writing Program & University College, Dr. Deanna Benjamin. We talk about Dr. Benjamin's roles in advising current students and highlighting the work of young writers all over the WashU campus in her role as Co-Chair of the McLeod First-Year Writing Prize, an annual prize that recognizes student writing that addresses race, gender, and/or identity. We talk about her love of her students and delve into discussing her past life as a thespian working on stage lighting, her undergrad studies at University of Houston and grad work at Arizona State, and her work as a copy runner and copy editor for the Houston Post newspaper that allowed her to literally say "stop the presses!" on one occasion.
November 14, 2020
31: Caline Mattar and Proscovia Nabunya (Gender, Youth, & Global Health)
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, Rob talks with Dr. Caline Mattar of the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor Proscovia Nabunya from the Brown School of Social Work and co-director of the International Center for Child Health & Development (ICHAD) about their Spring 2021 course offering of the popular Beyond Boundaries course called Gender, Youth, & Global Health. Together, they discuss the international journey both professors have taken to be at WashU, how they have continued their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their recommendations for 1st Year students on how to self-care during this uncertain time. Listen and subscribe!
November 04, 2020
30: Olynyk, Parikh, & Kopar (Art of Medicine)
On this episode, Rob sits down with three distinguished faculty members in Professors Patricia Olynyk from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Associate Professor Shanti Parikh from Sociocultural Anthropology and the Department of African and African-American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Dr Piroska Kopar from the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at WashU. The three of them teach the Beyond Boundaries Art of Medicine course next Spring. Rob interviews them to discuss this equal parts interesting and exciting class at WashU. Professors Olynyk, Parikh, and Kopar discuss their research areas of interest and practice, the connections that led to their collaboration on the course, and wise advice they have for first year college students based on their own personal experiences. Give this one a listen!
October 24, 2020
29: Darrell Hudson
In this pod episode, Rob interviews Professor Darrell Hudson with the Brown School of Social Work who also holds joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Sociology, and the Institute for Public Health. Dr. Hudson talks about his upbringing in Detroit in the care of his grandmother, his journey to WashU and how his area of expertise is relevant now with COVID-19 particularly in the area of Social Epidemiology. His research focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of social determinants of health, particularly how socioeconomic position and social context affect health and health disparities. Don't miss this fascinating interview!
September 27, 2020
28: Simone Picker
On this episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast, we celebrate the BIRTHDAY of Beyond Boundaries Program Coordinator Simone Picker by releasing an interview with her on her birthday! Simone talks about her background growing up in South Africa and Dallas, TX, her background as both an undergraduate and graduate alum of WashU most recently receiving a Masters in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work in 2009, and role with both administration and mentoring of Beyond Boundaries Program students who look to her for wisdom and advice.
September 22, 2020
27: Emma Singh & Anya Mody
This episode of the Beyond Boundaries Podcast is a delightful two-for-one interview of two rising stars in the Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2023 in Emma Singh and Anya Mody. In this pod, Emma and Anya talk about their journey to WashU, how they became engaged in non-profits ranging from the International Institute of St Louis to ArchCity Defenders to the National Women's Law Center. For students beginning just their 2nd year at WashU, these two are a force for good in the world and are sure to be an inspiration for anyone listening to their stories. But don't try to ask them to agree on which is the better bagel: New York or New Jersey. There is no compromise there.
September 10, 2020
26: Trevor Sangrey
On this episode, Rob sits down with Assistant Dean in Arts & Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Trevor Sangrey. They discuss how she gets to do "all the things" at WashU from heading up First Year Programs for the College of Arts & Sciences, life on campus with her partner Anika Walke and adorable son Delaney, substitute clutch replacement gardening during COVID for the Burning Kumquat student group as featured in this article, her upbringing on college campuses all over the country, and...hats!
September 02, 2020
25: Randi Foraker & Joshua Landman
On this episode, Rob sits down with Dr. Randi Foraker, the Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI) within the Institute for Informatics at Washington University in St. Louis and an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Brown School of Social Work in the area of Public Health. Joining her is PhD Candidate and Research Assistant Joshua Landman who is working for the Center in the Division of Computational and Data Sciences. Together, they talk about their backgrounds growing up, the work they do at WashU and the effects of COVID-19 on both their life and research pursuits. They impart some great advice for incoming 1st Year students and Rob becomes obsessed with superhero branding he envisions for Epidemiology Task Force members and drag racing sponsorships.
August 25, 2020
24: Jonathan Solomon
On this episode, Rob visits with the Assistant Director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program Jonathan Solomon. Jonathan talks about his role in directing and overseeing the administrative and operational aspects of the Ervin Scholars Program as well as his role as a faculty advisor for Black Men's Coalition at WashU and others. We talk about his childhood growing up in Cleveland, Ohio and his inspiring journey in learning and education culminating soon in being awarded his PhD. We talk about his hiking excursions in the region, a book he recommends called We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by Bell Hooks, and his advice to college students. A must-listen episode!
August 06, 2020
23: Julia Macias
In this episode, Rob chats with Dr. Julia Macias who serves as both an Assistant Dean in the Office of Scholar Programs and as Director of the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program. Rob and Julia talk about her background growing up in University City as the child of a WashU chemistry professor, her interest in Anthropology and undergraduate study at Stanford, and her return to St Louis in 2003 to join the WashU Campus Life team and later become an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. We chat at length about the Scholars Programs and the type of students in those programs. We also wish to extend a hearty congratulations to Dr. Macias on her recent successful defense of her dissertation in May of 2020!
July 21, 2020
22: Jennifer Harpring
On this episode, Rob interviews Professor Jennifer 'Jenni' Harpring and welcomes her at the new Assistant Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program at WashU! Fresh off of her teaching of the Beyond Boundaries class Empathy First last semester with Professor Liz Kramer, Jenni will be joining Beyond Boundaries as a co-teacher of the Beyond Boundaries Seminar this Fall in addition to serving in other capacities as the program grows in size moving forward. Rob and Jenni talk about growing up in St. Louis, her undergraduate experience, her involvement in community partnerships in both California and the St. Louis area, her current role at the Brown School of Social Work at WashU as the Assistant Dean of Field Education, cross-country travel tips, flat tires, using her co-workers kids as surrogates for book transport, and her favorite activities inside and outside of the classroom.
July 14, 2020
21: Tinuola Adebukola
On this episode, Rob sits down with Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2023 student Tinuola Adebukola to talk about her first year in the program, the Creative Collaborations project she did with classmate and fellow scholar Colleen Avila in the form of THIS book about racial inequities and disparities in St. Louis. This episode was recorded before the most recent BLM protests spurred by the death of George Floyd so an additional statement about that penned by the talented Tinuola accompanies this podcast episode: “There is so much to say and unpack about the revolution we are in against racism and injustice. The systems in hand were never made for Black and brown people to thrive. There is injustice at every corner. If we can learn anything from this revolution it is that we need to completely re-imagine systems so that they can be equitable in order to strive to reach equality for all. It has been 200 years since slavery has ended, yet America fails to understand that Black Lives Matter. As a Black woman I will continue to take up space and continue to be a change-maker aimed at equality.”
June 23, 2020
20: Callista Isabelle
In this episode, Rob talks with the Reverend Callista Isabelle who is the new Director for Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at Washington University in St Louis in a role where she promotes interfaith understanding and dialogue. Rob and Callista talk about both her past history and her new role at WashU in a conversation that ranges from discussion of a "speed-faithing" event she hosted last November to choir advice and life wisdom rolled into one: "listen louder than you sing" to how wrestling drove Rob to religion when he was in college.
May 31, 2020
19: Elizabeth Joseph
In this episode, Rob chats with Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2023 student Elizabeth Joseph from Lenexa, Kansas. Elizabeth is a talented author, writer, and poet. She fills us in on what she's been doing in quarantine, her intense summer job hunt, and some of the online poetry workshops she's been attending. She even shares some of her poetry on the podcast! Don't miss listening to this one!
May 27, 2020
18: Maya Kovacevic
In this episode, Rob interviews incoming Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2024 student Maya Kovacevic. The discussion covers Maya's 'big question' she hopes to tackle at WashU that explores the lack of female leadership in healthcare and how that denies organizations the ability to accumulate expertise and empathetic responses to matters of healthcare administration, psychology, neuroscience, and business. We also discuss family trips to Croatia and exercising with family members while in quarantine.
May 23, 2020
17: Nisha Sahgal
On this episode, Rob chats with Class of 2023 Beyond Boundaries Program student Nisha Sahgal and her interests across disciplines. Her 'big question' involves Ethical Engineering and she talks about her personal backstory in that area. We also talk about her work in designing and building autonomous vehicles, robotics, and WashU Racing. We also chat about her love of Broadway musicals and hip hop dancing by way of WUHHU - WashU's Hip Hop Union dancing club.
May 17, 2020
16: Juli Aronson
In this episode, Rob has to improvise to get a recording of an interview with incoming Class of 2024 student Julianne "Juli" Aronson because she joins the podcast from the wilds of Watkins Glen, NY where she serves as an intern at a farm sanctuary. Juli talks about her love of animals and her interdisciplinary interests in studying Anthropogenic Climate Change involving math, anthropology, environmental and political science. And this pod episode marks a milestone: the very first that features live CHICKENS on audio.
May 12, 2020
15: John Inazu & Mark Valeri
In this episode, Rob talks with Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science John Inazu and Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics Mark Valeri about their brand-new Fall 2020 Beyond Boundaries course Religious Freedom in America. The conversation covers their own backgrounds, research, their work in the Danforth Center for Religion & Politics, how they met and conceived of the new course together, some wisdom for first-year students, and their landlord/tenant relationship as well.
May 07, 2020
14: Steve Malter
In this episode, Rob sits down with Dean Steve Malter who is the Senior Associate Dean of Experiential Learning & Strategic Initiatives at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis and Co-Founder of the Israel Summer Business Academy. Dean Malter discusses his role and history at WashU and briefly discuss the Israel Academy. We also discuss the brand-new Beyond Boundaries course he will be teaching this Fall with Professor Andrew Reeves from Political Science called the Business of Elections. We are also joined by Steve's dog 'Finn' and the origins of Finn's name. Give a listen!
May 04, 2020
13: Ranen Miao & Christine Nguyen
In this episode, Rob talks with current Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2023 students Ranen Miao and Christine Nguyen. They talk about their first year in the program, the student group and leadership positions they enjoy all across campus (including Ranen's role as SU President), being stuck in Appalachia when word of the campus closure went out, their favorite places on campus to eat and study, and advice they have for incoming first-year students.
May 01, 2020
12: Jill Stratton, the 'Dean of Joy'
In this episode, Rob interviews Dean Jill Stratton affectionately known by generations of students as the 'Dean of Joy'. Dean Stratton is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Residential Learning at Washington University in St Louis and has been a trusted advisor and special counsel to the Beyond Boundaries Program. Dean Stratton has enjoyed 27 years at WashU and will soon be departing for a new position as an Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning at Vanderbilt University. We reminisce about Jill's early years at WashU, her teaching in the areas of leadership and psychology, and her advice to college students moving forward in these uncertain times.
April 27, 2020
11: Harrison Tanaka & Josh Sturgell
In this episode, Rob interviews a pair of current Beyond Boundaries students in Olin Business student Harrison Tanaka from Laguna Niguel, CA and Engineering student Josh Sturgell from Neenah, WI. Both reflect on their first year as students in the first year of the program as it relates to classes and extracurricular opportunities. We also discuss the city tours led by their classmate Liam Dai and what they've been doing to pass the time in quarantine.
April 24, 2020
10: Liz Kramer, Jenni Harpring, and Marissa Price
In the episode, Rob chats with the brilliant team behind the popular Beyond Boundaries 'Bear Bridge' course Empathy First: Solutions With Heart led by two faculty across the university in Liz Kramer from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Office of Socially Engaged Practice and Jennifer Harpring from the Brown School of Social Work and Director of Field Education. Joining them as well is graduate student and Instructional Assistant for the course, Marissa Price. Their class delves into methods, processes, and approaches in integrating empathy into decisions used in design and social work and features unique panel conversations with experts in health, law, and business. The class is a unique feature of the Beyond Boundaries Program curriculum as one of two 'Bear Bridge' courses that actively incorporate a community-engagement component to the course design.
April 22, 2020
09: Liam Dai
In this episode, Rob interviews current Beyond Boundaries Program student Liam Dai from Kansas City, MO. Liam is a student in the Olin Business School pursuing a number of different interests related to urban planning and construction. Rob and Liam discuss the miles-long walking tours that Liam has led for his classmates all over St Louis in an effort to see the civic challenges St Louis faces up-close and personal. They also talk about what Liam is up to during quarantine and his contacts with developers in both St Louis and Kansas City.
April 20, 2020
08: Merry May Ma & Jordan Lin
A special two-for-one episode that starts with an interview of Merry May Ma, undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Beyond Boundaries course Designing Creativity with a background in Film & Media Studies and a PNP major followed by an interview of incoming Class of 2024 Beyond Boundaries Program student and Sikeston, MO native Jordan Lin.
April 17, 2020
07: Brian Carpenter, Nancy Morrow-Howell, and Susan Stark
In this episode, Rob interviews the trio of WashU faculty representing 3 different divisions at WashU in Dr Brian Carpenter, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dr Nancy Morrow-Howell, Professor of Social Policy with the Brown School of Social Work and Director of the Harvey A Friedman Center for Aging, and Dr Susan Stark, Professor in Occupational Therapy with the School of Medicine. Together these talented faculty members teach the longest-running Beyond Boundaries class each Fall called When I'm 64: Imagining the Future of Aging. They talk about the early ideas for the course, their individual areas of expertise, and what advice they would give their younger 1st Year college selves (if they could).
April 13, 2020
06: Jessie Wills
In this episode, we talk with Jessie Wills who is entering the Beyond Boundaries Program in the Fall as a proud member of the Class of 2024. We discuss Jessie's interests that cut across disciplines in the areas of fashion design, anthropology, and global health. We discuss the program she did at Parsons on the visual presentation of fashion, what she's been doing to pass the time in quarantine and her interest in rowing and learning to play the guitar.
April 10, 2020
05: TR Kidder
In this episode, Rob chats with Professor and Chair of Anthropology Tristram Randolph "TR" Kidder about his Beyond Boundaries course Earth’s Future: Causes and Consequences of Climate Change that he co-teaches with Professor Brent Williams from the McKelvey School of Engineering. This unique freshman-only course at Washington University provides a broad overview of issues involving climate change and its consequences. The discussion encompasses the structure and impetus behind the course, TR's background as a 3rd Generation archeologist, and a 1950's reality show hosted by TR's uncle and archeologist Alfred V. Kidder called What In The World where archeologists guess the origin of a museum antiquity.
April 07, 2020
04: Katrin Gatz and Jamie Xu
In this episode, Rob visits with two Beyond Boundaries Program Class of 2023 students Katrin Gatz and Jamie Xu. They talk about how their 1st Year experience went as members of the inaugural "first astronauts" of the brand new program at Washington University in St Louis, their individual interdisciplinary interests that range from a business and education combination to music and psychology/neuroscience. We also talk about the best food on campus, the best ResLife college (WayCrow), and their favorite study spots on campus.
April 04, 2020
03: John Inazu and Penina Acayo Laker
In this episode, Rob talks with the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion John Inazu (WashU School of Law and Danforth Center for Religion & Politics) and Assistant Professor of Communication Design Penina Acayo Laker from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts about their 'Bear Bridge' course called Law, Race, & Design: Examining the St Louis Story open to students in the Beyond Boundaries Program as one of two options of courses that offer a community engagement component. We talk about how the idea for the course came to be, a bit about the Carver Project, and Professor Laker's past as a track and field champion.
April 01, 2020
02: Jenna Rogge
In this episode, Rob chats with current Class of 2023 Beyond Boundaries Program student Jenna Rogge from her home in Rob's hometown of Austin, Texas. Jenna talks about her "big question" involving Mechanical Engineering and Art to design prosthetics for children, courses she has taken in the program, and her interest in gardening that was reignited with a single packet of seeds she got at Venture Cafe during Orientation Week.
March 29, 2020
01: Rebecca Messbarger
In this episode, Rob interviews Professor Rebecca Messbarger Director of Medical Humanities and Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages. She is also an affiliate Professor in History, Performing Arts, Art History, International and Area Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. They discuss the Beyond Boundaries course called Art of Medicine that Professor Messbarger co-teaches with her colleague at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Professor Patricia Olynyk who is the Director of the Graduate School of Art and an accomplished artist and sculptor. In the course, they explore the visual arts and medical practice over time. Rob and Professor Messbarger also discuss her teaching philosophy of building a 'personal bridge' for each student to the content discussed in her courses. They also take time to discuss the current situation in Italy as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and her recent article in The Source on the Histories of Contagion and what bit of advice she would give her 1st Year college self if she could.
March 28, 2020