An interview with Lucia Martinez Valdivia, assistant professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. Chris talks to Lucía about how to use and misuse the concept of identity. We’ll discuss how people have multiple identities that go beyond what a college typically asks students to focus on. And Lucía explains how the identity of student or learner can unify the students on a college campus.


0:00 Intro and the humanities course
9:17 A hierarchical identity vs. many identities per person
12:40 Evolution, genes, and the sociology of health
15:36 The “diversity quota” and diversity as a commodity
20:10 What to do if a student feels excluded
24:56 A course on happiness



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