Episode 22: Phish in Academia with Dr. Stephanie Jenkins

Did you know that you could listen to Phish and discuss the philosophy of art and music for college credit? In this episode, Taraleigh and Leah chat with Dr. Stephanie Jenkins about Phish in Academia including a for-credit college course that she designed and teaches called the Philosophy School of Phish and a Phish Studies multi-day academic conference highlighting graduate research on the music of Phish. Dr. Jenkins shares the specific Phish jam that inspired her to go for her dreams and merge her academic and show selves into one sparkly dynamic being and the lives that have been changed because of that. For the “Did you Know” section, Dr. Leah Taylor shares research on how live music fans can be stereotyped and stigmatized as a whole tribe and Taraleigh gives listeners a fun homework assignment that uses the lyrics of Phish to remember that everything’s right in her “Daily Jam.”


Dr. Stephanie C. Jenkins is an Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics, as well as the current Director of the Oregon State University Disability Network. Her research and teaching interests include feminist philosophy, disability studies, critical animal studies, and ethics. In addition to publishing scholarly articles in moral philosophy, she is a co-editor of the recently published book, Disability and Animality: Crip Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies, as well as a special issue of the Public Philosophy Journal devoted to the band Phish.


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