Nov 29, 2018
Don Taylor is an assistant professor of
sociology at Johnson & Wales University. He has worked in
various human services positions, including the fields of mental
health, child welfare, couples and families, and domestic and
sexual violence. He has written a group treatment curriculum
entitled S.E.E.D.: Self-Esteem and Expression Development for
African-American Adolescents, which is used by several
programs targeting adolescents who attend Alcoholics Anonymous. Don
is author of the novel Buggin: A Brother’s Tale and an
accomplished jazz saxophonist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in
political science at Cheyney State College and a master’s degree in
social administration from Case Western University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
sociology, turning a journal into a novel, playing the saxophone,
and a career in human services and
IN THIS EPISODE
- Don talks about sociology and the classes he
- He addresses the challenge of having personal
agency as we operate within institutional forces.
- He describes what people would see if they saw him
- He answers why he is drawn to sociology as a
field of study.
- Don shares what he wants his students to
- He explains what his novel Buggin: A Brother’s
Tale is about.
- He reveals how he feels playing the
- He identifies the music he would want to
listen to as the final light in his life went out.
- Don remembers his childhood in Charles Town, West
- He explains why he plays ‘Amazing Grace’ every
time he plays the saxophone.
- He shares what changed his life in
- He remembers greeting Minister Farrakhan at Cheyney
- Don tells a story about changing his name to ‘Donald
- He shares what led him to earn a masters
degree at Case Western University.
- He discusses his career in human services and his focus on
- He describes facilitating therapeutic group work with
- Don recalls participating in racial reconciliation
work in Charlotte.
- He answers what matters most to him and what the poem
‘Invictus’ has to do with it.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Becoming X
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