Solutions for Higher Education

Solutions for Higher Education with President Scott L Wyatt

Solutions for Higher Education dives into hot topics in the world of colleges and universities. Sometimes it tackles controversies in education, sometimes it looks at current events, sometimes it's innovations and fun. Brought to you by Southern Utah University, but geared toward anyone with an interest in the subjects, episodes are hosted by SUU's President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith.




Summer Reading Series:

As part of the podcast series Solutions for Higher Education, SUU President Scott L Wyatt will lead a “Summer Reading Club” focusing on a new book each month. Readers who join the podcast will be given an introduction to the book by Scott Wyatt and podcast host Steve Meredith near the beginning of each month, and then near the end of the month, an expert guest will join the conversation to give additional insight and context to the completed reading. The three books for the summer of 2018 are:


June - A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel
A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Matt Richtel explores the enormous changes that current technology has brought to our lives, and especially to the ability to focus our attention on tasks at hand. Told in a narrative form, the book alternates between scientific exploration on the subject of human attention, and the tragic story of a young Utah man named Reggie Shaw, whose distracted driving led to devastating consequences. The story also details legislative changes that resulted from the tragedy, and ultimately ends as a hopeful tale of forgiveness and redemption. Matt Richtel covered the story for the New York Times, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning series of reports, Driven to Distraction, form the basis for the book.

Episode 23: A Deadly Wandering, Part 2

Part 2 of our discussion on the book A Deadly Wandering with special guests Terryl Warner and Dr. David Strayer. [Listen to Part 1 where the book is introduced]

Episode 23 Transcript

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July - 1984 by George Orwell
If judged by its impact on the English language alone,1984 is an important novel. Phrases such as “Big Brother is Watching,” “Thought Police,” “Newspeak,” “Memory Holed,” and Doublethink” have become commonly used expressions. Even the author’s name has become an adjective - - “Orwellian” is used to describe mis-information and totalitarianism. Orwell, writing in 1949 after years of war in Europe paints a dystopian picture of continual warfare and a government that places its citizens under constant surveillance, while feeding them distorted information. The primary characters, Winston and Julia risk everything to express their love for one another, and ultimately they pay that price.

Episode 24: 1984, Part 1

Part 1 of our discussion on the book 1984 with special guest Joy Sterrantino.

Episode 24 Transcript

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August - The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
In the middle 1800s London was emerging as a modern city, but it lacked most of the sanitation that we take for granted. In 1854, the city was in the grip of its second outbreak of cholera in less than 10 years. With a combined death toll nearing 100,000, the citizens turned to modern science for answers. Unfortunately, the science of the day dictated that the outbreak be treated as though the disease were airborne, and any efforts to seek other explanations were met with reactions ranging from skepticism to anger. Undaunted, early epidemiologist, Dr. John Snow and local priest, Henry Whitehead began interviewing residents of the SoHo area to see if they could discover the cause of infection and the way in which the contagion spread. The Ghost Map is an intriguing, historical detective novel, and serves as an example that history’s greatest discoveries have often been made by those who refused to accept the conventional wisdom of their day.