Episode 34: What Higher Ed Gets Wrong and a Sell for Soft Diplomacy

Relevant Reading:

Higher Ed, Hollowed Out
Peter Augustine Lawler

Playing the Long Game with Russia
Vladislav Inozemtsev

Good afternoon, podcast listeners!

We’ve got an excellent episode for you this week, as we invite two professors on the show, one to discuss the state of higher education, and the other to outline a controversial strategy for dealing with an ever more pugnacious Putin.

First, Berry College professor Peter Lawler speaks with host Richard Aldous about the use of a university education in today’s modern world. Pay attention, college first years: among the skills that Lawler suggests are critical to success after graduation are the ability to read un-ironically and the ability to differentiate between real prose and techno-baloney. Listen in to find out why he thinks Peter Thiel is a better role model for young people than Mark Zuckerberg.

Then, professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow Vladislav Inozemtsev advocates for a softer diplomatic approach to the conflict in Ukraine, suggesting that the West abandon the position that Russia’s seizure of Crimea was an act of aggression. He defends this strategy against the argument that it is a policy of appeasement.

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Published on: September 29, 2014
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  • Corlyss

    Right. Putin eats soft power for a snack.

  • Anthony

    Episode 34 interview provides additional context to essays written by both men in current issue of TAI. I advise listeners to carefully listen to Vladislav Inozemtzev as he speaks heavily accented English while responding to Richard Aldous questions – a quick 30 minutes of informative listening.

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