Connecting Voices across Webster during the Pandemic
Launched at the beginning of the pandemic, the Webster World Report podcast links the global operations of Webster University at campuses on four continents throughout the world. In these episodes, you'll hear from faculty, staff and students around the world describing adjustments to the changes and related current events during the pandemic.
Episode 22: Reviewing the Pandemic
The Webster World Report podcast takes a look back at the past 61 weeks of the pandemic in this edition, that includes selected interviews recorded since March of 2020. These were the interviews that proved to be the most popular with the program’s global audience. The themes include: views of the pandemic from Uzbekistan; a nursing faculty member and a nursing student reflect on their experiences in the pandemic; and Webster’s international relations experts discuss the pandemic’s effects on global politics and diplomacy. This is the 22nd episode of the Webster World Report podcast, a monthly magazine program linking Webster University’s global operations during this time of various crises. The news segment of the program covers highlights from Webster University’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony along with other important news from the previous month. Interviews include: Malika Baratova, Public Relations Executive, Webster University Tashkent; Maggie Dankert, Deputy Director Webster University Tashkent; Prof. Jody Spiess, Nursing faculty member, main campus; Nursing student Charlie Johnson, College of Arts & Sciences; Prof. Kelly-Kate Pease, international relations, College of Arts & Sciences; and Prof. Jozef Batora, Webster Vienna Private University.
Webster World Report Podcast Episodes
The Webster World Report podcast marks its one-year anniversary with a program centered on the pandemic experience of Webster University’s alumni and students. On this 21st episode of the program, alumna Elizabeth Bland, a staff educator at Missouri Baptist Hospital recounts her experience as a nurse on the frontlines, supporting patients with COVID-19 and supporting hospital staff in how they cope with the coronavirus pandemic. This is the concluding part of a series of discussions with Bland. (She is a graduate of the award-winning Masters of Science in Nursing program at Webster.) The program also concludes its two-part interview with student Yatina Katunga from Zimbabwe who is working on her graduate degree in information technology management. This discussion focuses on the issues facing women in tech fields. The Webster World Report is a monthly magazine program linking Webster University’s global operations during this time of various crises. The news segment of the program covers the latest collaboration between Webster University and the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN) among other stories that feature various areas of Webster’s global network.
On the 20th episode of the Webster World Report, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during a time of crises, the program features an in-depth discussion of how the university community has coped with the coronavirus pandemic, and the program also features the views of a graduate student about opportunities in STEM fields. The program includes the second part of a wide-ranging discussion with Webster’s President Julian Z. Schuster. Graduate student Yatina Katunga from Zimbabwe also gives her views about opportunities for women in technology. The news segment of the program includes excerpts from the recent Sixth Annual Webster University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference, among a variety of other university news items.
Webster World Report No. 19, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during a time of crises, features a program that goes back to themes covered during the podcast’s origins: how the community is coping with the coronavirus pandemic and the view of medical professionals about the public health threat. The program features the first part of an in-depth interview with Webster’s President Julian Z. Schuster and the program also features the first part of an interview with alumna Elizabeth Bland, a nurse and staff educator at Missouri Baptist Hospital. The news segment of the program include excerpts from the university’s Spring Convocation among a variety of other items.
On the 18th edition of the Webster World Report features an interview with Webster University Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. The interview covers a wide variety of topics including goals for 2021 and lessons learned from 2020, with a spotlight on one of the chancellor’s important global projects: bringing more attention to violence and discrimination aimed at women. She discusses her work with the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), its next global summit on Feb. 11, and the ARDN Red Card Project.
The program also features an interview with Polina Flenova, a student from Russia studying at Webster University Geneva: she discusses how she is learning to be a global citizen.
The news segment of the program features an excerpt from the confirmation hearing of Gen. Lloyd Austin, a Webster alumnus and the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, along with a variety of other highlights from the past six weeks.
On the 17th edition of the Webster World Report, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during this year of crises, the program features an interview with Webster University Alumni Association President Alexandria McCuien about diversity issues in the technology sector (the second of two parts) and also an in-depth discussion with Beijing Site Representative Candice Zhao about Webster’s operations in China. The program’s news segment also features an excerpt from the latest Webster Speaks webinar series on diversity and equity issues, along with an excerpt from the Webster Writers Series, sponsored by the English Department, this time highlighting African American poets.
On the 16th edition of the Webster World Report, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during this year of crises, the program features in-depth discussions with faculty experts and a student about how they see the presidential election in the United States and what they think of the aftermath.
This special hour-long version of the program features a panel discussion with Prof. Gwyneth Williams and Prof. Bill Hall analyzing the election and giving a forecast of what is likely ahead. The program also includes an interview with Suggs Scholar Tekoa Bell.
The news segment of the program includes excerpts from the recent Webster Speaks program entitled “My Journey Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist,” which included Rob Good, a facilitator in the Witnessing Whiteness program and Hannah Verity, the director of global program development at Webster University, and more.
The 15th edition of the Webster World Report features a deep dive into the philosophy of teaching. The program includes Julie Smith of the School of Communications discussing her new book, Wake Them Up: Supercharge Your Classroom Engagement.
This edition also features the second part of an in-depth discussion with Associate Vice President Michelle Loyet, the director of the Online Learning Center (OLC) on the philosophical approaches to creating and teaching online courses, a topic that has gained even more importance during the pandemic.
The news segment of the program includes: excerpts from a panel on U.S. politics that featured Professor Gwyneth Williams; coverage of the School of Communications’ conference on health communications; highlights from the “Webster Speaks” video series from October; and more.
The 14th edition of the Webster World Report features a discussion among two of the University’s experts on political science, analyzing the state of the presidential election in the United States. Topics covered in the discussion included: the condition of democracy in the U.S.; the role of race and racism in U.S. political discourse; and a historical perspective of elections during crisis periods.
Expert guests include professors Bill Hall and Gwyneth Williams, faculty members in Webster University's College of Arts & Sciences.
The news segment of the program includes excerpts from the Women of the Diaspora Global Virtual Summit that featured both Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Clementina Acedo, director of Webster's Geneva campus. The news segment also features highlights from the “Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION” speaker series.
Sept. 11, 2020: The The 13th edition includes a panel of international relations experts from three different continents, all of whom are professors in the Webster worldwide system. This expert panel discusses how the pandemic is changing the global order.
Other topics included how U.S. international relations have changed during the Trump administration and the role of the United Nations in examinations of police brutality.
The international relations professors include: Kelly-Kate Pease from the main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri; Robin Ramcharan from Webster University Thailand; and Jozef Batora from Webster Vienna Private University.
The program also features the perspectives of Erika Gavilanes, an international student from Ecuador studying in the U.S. The news segment of the program features highlights from the opening Convocation of the Fall Semester, and excerpts from the new “Webster Speaks” series, discussing racial issues in the media, and how Black athletes cope with racism in the U.S.
July 24, 2020: The twelfth edition of the Webster World Report, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during this year of crises, remembers the legacy of the Ferguson protests, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis on this program.
The program also discusses equity issues at Webster University and the philosophy
of online education during the pandemic. The program includes in-depth discussions
with: Webster’s Chief Diversity Officer Vincent C. Flewellen; Alumni Association President Alexandria McCuien; and Associate Vice President for Online Education Michelle Loyet.
The news segment of the program features excerpts from the new “Webster Speaks” series on Ferguson and the effects of racism on mental health. The news segment also features an excerpt from the University’s video statement regarding support for international students.
July 10, 2020: The 11th edition of the Webster World Report podcast, the discussion linking Webster University’s global operations during this year of crises, this time highlights student voices.
The program includes in-depth discussions with three of Webster's undergraduate students:
psychology major Larry Hearn of the Association of African American Collegians; speech communications major Vincent Fedorko, founder and president of the Webster University Conservatives; and international
human rights major Mimiw Seagrave of Webster University Leiden, who is currently in Thailand. The students discussed
their views on racism, police brutality and our pandemic times.
The news segment of the program features an excerpt from the new Webster Speaks series.
June 26, 2020: The tenth edition features two of Webster’s international relations faculty discussing the effects of the pandemic on the global scene. This panel discussion includes Kelly-Kate Pease from the main campus in Webster Groves; and Franco Algieri from Webster University Vienna.
Topics range from the current state of diplomacy, police brutality, and human rights in the U.S. in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
The news segment of the program features short audio with Director Christa Sanders of Webster University Ghana about the Black Lives Matter signs; Mjiba Frehiwot, of the University of Ghana who is also a visiting professor at Webster University Ghana, discussing Juneteenth; and Amanda Kracen of the Psychology Department on the main campus discussing stress relief during the pandemic.
June 12, 2020: The ninth edition of the Webster World Report podcast features in-depth interviews from Accra, Ghana, and St. Louis, USA, to discuss racism, race and its relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The program also deals with various national and worldwide reactions to the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, in Minneapolis by police.
Listen to interviews with Christa Sanders, director of Webster University Ghana; and Jameca Woody Cooper, an adjunct professor for the School of Education who is a licensed psychologist and has seen the pandemic's impact on mental health and in particular on marginalized communities.
The news segment of the program features an excerpt from the podcasting project on global citizenship produced by Webster University’s Leiden campus and the excerpt features Nives Rumenjak, chair of the International Relations program in Leiden. The Leiden podcast project was produced by Adam Frick-Verdine.
May 29, 2020: The eighth edition features in-depth interviews with Robin Ramcharan from Webster’s Bangkok, Thailand, location; part two of a conversation with Maggie Dankert, deputy director in Tashkent; and an interview with Sherriel Byrd, the director of Webster’s Columbia, South Carolina, location.
The news segment of the program features excerpts of speeches by Chancellor Beth Stroble and President Julian Schuster, and adjunct faculty member Betsy Brandt.
May 15, 2020: The seventh edition features an interview with nursing student Charlie Johnson, in Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences, who works on the front lines in the pandemic with patients suffering from COVID-19.
The program also features interviews with Arts & Sciences Dean Anton (Tony) Wallner, and Maggie Dankert, the assistant director of Webster University Tashkent.
The news segment of the program features Nicole Miller-Struttmann, the Laurance L. Browning Endowed Professor in Biological Sciences, discussing her new bee census project called ShutterBee, and the program also features a short excerpt from the virtual Commencement speech given by Vladimir Ivkovic '99 of Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.
May 8, 2020: Hear an interview with Vietnamese photojournalism student Phuong Bui, who spent 23 days in quarantine after returning home to deal with the pandemic there. This program also features interviews with Jean Paul van Marissing, director of Webster University Leiden, and Erica Ellard, director of the Reeg Academic Resource Center.
The news segment of the program features Jian Gong, web services analyst in San Antonio, discussing her protective mask-making project, the San Antonio Chinese Alliance Face Masks Group.
May 1, 2020: The second part of our interview with Ruben Molina, director at the Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, campus location; an interview with Laura Herring, an alumna and member of Webster’s Board of Trustees who has spearheaded the new Front-Line Responders Fund; and Sousana Michailidis, vice rector of Webster Athens.
The news segment of the program features Professor Bill Barrett of the School of Communications and Professor Gordana Pesakovic of Webster University in Tashkent.
April 24, 2020: Featuring voices from Africa, China and the U.S., episode 4 interview subjects include: Professor Franco Algieri, chair of the international relations department at Webster Vienna; the second part of our interview with Awoyaa Mensah, director of marketing and corporate partnerships at Webster University Ghana; and Director Ruben Molina at Webster's Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, campus location.
The news segment features Eli Tetteh, success coach at Webster University Ghana in Accra.
April 17, 2020: What's it like in China after "the curve" has flattened? How about nurses who are on the front lines while also attending school and parenting?
Our third episode features views from locations in: China; Accra, Ghana; and the main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. Interview subjects include: Rick Foristel, director of Webster University’s operations in China; Professor Janice Palmer, chair of the Nursing Department in Webster Groves; and Awoyaa Mensah, director of marketing and corporate partnerships at Webster University Ghana.
The news segment features Laurel Hayes, an adjunct instructor on the Webster Groves campus discussing her daily virtual online meditation sessions for those in the community to join.
April 10, 2020: This episode features views from the campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Thailand; and the main campus in St. Louis.
Interview subjects include: Clementina Acedo, director of Webster University Geneva; Professor Jenny Broeder of the Nursing Department in Webster Groves; and Ryan Guffey, rector of Webster University Thailand.
The news segment features Coach Matt Sait of Webster University Athletics.
April 3, 2020. The debut episode featured views from Webster campuses in: Vienna, Austria; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; the Washington, DC region of the U.S.; and the main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri, USA.
Interview subjects include: Earl McCoy, regional recruiting coordinator in the U.S. National Capital Region; Engy Kassem, of the Webster Privacy and Information Security team and Webster VIenna; Professor Jody Spiess, who specializes in public health and nursing at the main campus; and Malika Baratova, public relations executive for the Webster operations in Uzbekistan.