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Imagine Otherwise: Heath Fogg Davis on Transgender Discrimination & Professors as Consultants

July 26, 2017 Podcast

Heath Fogg Davis shares why almost all sex classification is unnecessary, in everything from bathrooms and IDs to sports and education; how Philadelphia is tackling racism and queer and trans justice; how scholars can harness their expertise in community consulting projects; and why large-scale structural change is necessary.

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Imagine Otherwise: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) on Native Hawaiian Food Security & Using Art to Fight Consumerism

June 28, 2017 Podcast

What is the relationship between food insecurity, colonialism, and global warming? How can art intervene in these processes? Native Hawaiian artists Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) share their experiences working with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab coming up July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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Imagine Otherwise: Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, & Ricky Tagaban on Indigenous Sovereignty Movements & Climate Change

June 21, 2017 Podcast

How can shared space drive artistic, healing collaborations? How can art address global warming, gender identity, ancestral teachings, and the importance of local community?
Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban share their experiences with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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Imagine Otherwise: Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, & Adriel Luis on Curating for Social Justice

June 14, 2017 Podcast

What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art experience? Curators Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis share their experiences curating the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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Art and Community-Based Research with Aymar Jean Christian

June 5, 2017 Blog

Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lila Sharif on the Settler Colonial Politics of Food & Decolonial Strategies for Eating

May 31, 2017 Podcast

Lila Sharif chats about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how she gets students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio & Mentoring Students’ Whole Selves

May 24, 2017 Podcast

Surbhi Malik talks about migrants’ complex place-making practices, mentoring students’ whole selves, how she went from hosting an American music radio show in India to hosting an Indian music radio show in the US, and how public projects like radio taught her how to identify and resist colonial legacies.

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Imagine Otherwise: Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art & the Importance of Public Scholarship

May 17, 2017 Podcast

Emily Hue explains how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process, why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph, what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another, and her contribution to this podcast’s giant wish list for imagining and creating better worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Leah Milne on Radical Empathy, the “Good Trouble” of Racial Justice, & Her Pedagogy of Discomfort

May 10, 2017 Podcast

Leah Milne considers how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur the "good trouble" of social justice activism, and how she uses the classroom to teach radical empathy.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tara Fickle on Tarot in the Classroom & the Racial Politics of Games

May 3, 2017 Podcast

Tara Fickle explains why games and literature help us understand racial formation, how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment, how emerging scholars can gain technological skills to create public, multimedia work, and how tarot and comics can get students to imagine different worlds.

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Signal Boosting Miniseries: Coming May 2017

April 17, 2017 Blog, Podcast

Announcing Signal Boosting, a podcast miniseries collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Ideas on Fire, and the Association for Asian American Studies! Each week during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting an emerging scholar who is building new audiences for the field of Asian American studies.

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Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry & the Classroom as Performance Space

April 5, 2017 Podcast

Karen Jaime chats about NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets, how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space, how poets paradoxically use language to bust through language barriers, and why queer and trans artists of color turn to multimedia work for social justice.

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Imagine Otherwise: E Patrick Johnson on Oral History, Black Gay Men, & Creativity Rituals

March 22, 2017 Podcast

E. Patrick Johnson shares his creative process, how he translates scholarly ideas into artistic work and vice versa, how Black gay men and women are crafting community-based oral histories, and how artistic and scholarly collaboration is a key way he imagines otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Francisco Galarte on Chican@ Transgender Style & the Importance of Queer Brown Role Models

March 7, 2017 Podcast

Francisco Galarte considers the racialized politics of style for Chican@ queer and transgender subjects, the classroom as a social justice space, and how trans faculty of color can queer the academy.

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Weekend Reading: Intersectionality, Love, and Resistance

March 2, 2017 Blog

Our reading list for this unseasonably warm weekend brings together reflections on doing scholarly work as women of color, creativity at the intersection of activism and academia, and how the twin forces of love and resistance can help sustain us in trying times.

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Imagine Otherwise: Felami Burgess on Queer of Color Media Representation & Traveling for Inspiration

February 22, 2017 Podcast

Felami Burgess chats about queer of color media representation, her multimedia and transnational trajectory, how any class on any topic can be an opportunity to create, and why now more than ever we need to braid art, activism, and academia to build better worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis on Asian American Mental Health Activism & Parenting in Academia

December 14, 2016 Podcast

What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness, as well as the forthcoming special issue of the Asian American Literary Review.

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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Tarot as a Social Justice Tool, Punk of Color Politics, and Resignifying Keanu Reeves

November 30, 2016 Podcast

Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.

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Weekend Reading: Creativity and Care

November 10, 2016 Blog

This week, we’ve been considering how to cultivate creativity and care, two things that can get lost in the academic shuffle. We’ve been reading about creative spaces and practices, challenging the antithetical relationship between capitalism and self care, and tips for how to share our work in different formats.

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Weekend Reading: The Pedagogy of Politics

October 20, 2016 Blog

This week, we’re thinking about the pedagogy of politics in a divisive election year and progressive approaches to sexual education in the midst of a national discussion on rape culture. We’ve also been reflecting on the practice and purpose of self-care,for women of color and other marginalized groups.

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