Episode 15

Exploring Dignity, Agency, and Determined Hope w/ Jon Jacob & Olivia Fitzpatrick

In this episode, Dialogue Studio host Lillian I speaks with two doctoral students who participated in the 2022 Global Citizens Seminar at the Ikeda Center: Jonathan Jacob of Brandeis University and Olivia Fitzpatrick of Harvard University (their full bios are below). During the discussion, they reflect on their experience participating in the seminar, what dignity and agency looks like in their respective research, the role dialogue plays in their work and personal life, and more.   

Jonathan Jacob is a doctoral student pursuing a joint degree in Social Policy and Sociology at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. His research interests include issues of labor, social inequality, and culture. Jon’s current research examines the inverse relationship between the usefulness of certain jobs and their pay in modern capitalist societies, and focuses on developing a metric to assess the social value of work. Prior to joining the Heller School, Jon worked as a high school educator in Los Angeles County.

Olivia Fitzpatrick (she/her) is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate in the Lab for Youth Mental Health at Harvard University. She originally hails from Ohio and received her B.A. in psychology and public health from the Ohio State University in 2017. Prior to joining the lab, Olivia managed a research program and urgent care clinic at UCLA designed to disseminate brief interventions for adolescents at risk for suicidal behavior.

Jon and Olivia on the Dialogue Studio


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Music attribution:
“The Falls”, “Kitten”, “Space”, “Peas Corps”.
Podington Bear