Outreach

I believe that the academy and society at large are each better off when academics engage with the public. In recent years, I've been involved with a number of outreach projects. Below you can find a brief summary of my public engagement.

Local outreach

From 2017 to 2022, I led a philosophy discussion group at a retirement community called Carolina Meadows. We discussed everything from the nature of happiness to the future of artificial intelligence. In 2018 I organized a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics reading group about universal basic income for undergraduates. Each year, UNC hosts the North Carolina and National High School Ethics Bowls, in which high school students are challenged to think deeply about ethical questions and discuss them with peers. I have served as an invited judge for these events for several years.

Online outreach

I run a blog called The Practical Philosopher, whose mission is to apply the tools of academic philosophy to topics of ordinary interest. Previous articles have covered: the future of human labor, what's wrong with lying, and the nature of wisdom. In 2020 I received the Maynard Adams Fellowship for the Public Humanities. As a part of that fellowship, I am creating an online video series. The videos will feature brief interviews with scholars from a variety of disciplines on the topic of what makes life meaningful.

Research goes public

In recent years, I’ve had several opportunities to take some of my research to the public. I’ve participated in a Carolina Science Café panel, and my work on well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic has been featured by the University of North Carolina, the Greater Good Science Center, and even local news stations.