O’Connor Highlights onGUARD Program in Podcast Interview

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 by

Professor Peg O'Connor

Gustavus Adolphus College Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Peg O’Connor is featured in a podcast interview on the blog Nine to Five World as part of a series titled “All In A Day’s Work.”

The blog is authored by Ted Bauer, a former public school teacher in Houston, production assistant for ESPN, and content editor for ESPN.com. According to Bauer, the blog and podcast series is geared toward work, interesting jobs, unique approaches to management, and ways to understand and embrace change. He adds that the series is about the work we all do: the highs, the lows, the effectiveness, the intrigue, the models, the double speak, and the passion.

In her interview, O’Connor talks about the onGUARD program that she and Janet DeMars, the Coordinator of High Risk Drinking Initiative, created for high risk drinkers. onGUARD stands for On Guided Understandings of Alcohol’s Real Dilemmas.

“The program uses philosophical concepts to challenge students about the choices they are making and how these choices affect their relationships, their future prospects, and most fundamentally, their character,” O’Connor said.

Among the other topics O’Connor discusses are the virtues of teaching at a residential liberal arts college, the importance of writing for the general public, and how she accidentally got sober.

In addition to being featured on “All In A Day’s Work,” O’Connor also recently authored a piece for The New York Times series “The Stone.” For more information about O’Connor’s work with the onGUARD program, contact her at poconnor@gustavus.edu.


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