Podcast Episode 7 – Beyond an Ecology of Fear

In the seventh episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast, Jermaine McDonald, managing editor of Symposium Ethics, chats with Dr. Susanna Snyder, Tutor in Theology at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College in Oxford. They discuss faithful, justice-seeking Christian responses to the Syrian refugee crisis and the ecology of fear that infects the public discourse inspired by recent IS attacks in Paris and Beirut.

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Excerpt from the discussion with Dr. Susanna Snyder

I think there’s a really pernicious ecology of fear that is sustained by the public, the media, political discourse, and the immigration system itself that labels people in particular ways. So you can’t pinpoint exactly where the fears or hostilities start, but all of this talk and all of these reactions reinforce one another to create a really distrustful and hostile climate for refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants to come into and find themselves living within.

Show Notes

  1. This podcast was recorded on November 24, 2015.
  2. The intro music is entitled “Without You” and can be found at www.freestockmusic.com. Direct link here.
  3. The outro music is “Drum Solo” by Zikrayat, an Arab music and dance ensemble. This song can be found at www.freearchivemusic.org (direct link here).
  4. Visit Dr. Susanna Snyder’s faculty page at the University of Roehampton.


Jermaine M. McDonald

Dr. Jermaine M. McDonald is co-founder and editor of Symposium Ethics. He completed his PhD in Ethics and Society at Emory University in the Spring of 2015. Jermaine researches interesting convergences between race, religion, and politics with the aim of analyzing how various groups bring their religious ideas of the common good to bear in U.S. society.

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