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Heath Fogg Davis wearing a navy blazer and blue button-down shirt
July 26, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Heath Fogg Davis on Transgender Discrimination

Transgender activism, non-discrimination law, and intersectionality. Interview with Heath Fogg Davis, author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?

Marcella Ernest wearing a grey shirt and teal earrings
July 12, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Marcella Ernest on Native American Filmmaking and Podcasting

Ojibwe video artist and scholar Marcella Ernest shares why complex subjects require complex film techniques, how scholar-artists can use their academic pursuits as inspiration for their creative endeavors and vice versa, and how building a better world requires a new relationship between humans, land, and resources.

John Hina (Prime) wearing a blue shirt and lavender jacket, Abigail Romanchak wearing a black shirt and brown pants kneeling on the floor making art, and Solomon Enos wering a black shirt with a yellow fruit on his head
June 28, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) on Native Hawaiian Food Security

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.

Rosanna Raymond wearing a black shirt and colorful scarf, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi performing in a red boa ad black shirt, and Ricky Tagaban in a green patterned hat
June 21, 2017

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

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.

Black and white photo of Lila Sharif wearing a dark shirt
May 31, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Lila Sharif on the Settler Colonial Politics of Food

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.

Surbhi Malik wearing a black shirt and gret scarf, in front of trees and a neighborhood street
May 24, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio

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.

Leah Milne wearing a pink blazer and white button-down shirt, in front of a bookcase
May 10, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Leah Milne on the Good Trouble of Racial Justice

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.

Karen Jaime wearing a grey suit and white button-down shirt
April 5, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry

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.

Francisco Galarte wearing a dark grey suit, red patterned tie, and glasses
March 7, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Francisco Galarte on Chicanx Transgender Style

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

Felami Burgess wearing a silver necklace and watch, resting her head on her hand, in front of green leaves
February 22, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Felami Burgess on Queer of Color Media Representation

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.

Tala Khanmalek wearing a purple blazer and gold earrings
January 25, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice

Tala Khanmalek shares how academics can incorporate healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows, how a holistic approach to graduate school enabled Tala to create social justice projects, and what a healing justice and disability justice-based world would look like.

Zach McDowell wearing a blue checked shirt
January 11, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Zach McDowell on Open Access Publishing

Zach McDowell on the digital divide, the open access movement, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”

Jessie Daniels wearing a black shirt and Polly Thistlethwaite wearing a black blazer
December 28, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite on the impact of digital technologies in higher education and expanding public access to scholarship.

Mimi Nguyen wearing a blue sweater and gold hoop earrings
November 30, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Punk of Color Politics

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.

AManda Phillips wearing a grey blazer, plaid button-down shirt, and glasses
November 16, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Amanda Phillips on Critical Digital Humanities

Amanda Phillips chats about the politics of video game realism in an era of increasingly visible police violence, why marginalized communities have turned to digital media for organizing, and how hashtag syllabi have transformed what it means to teach about current events.

André Pérez wearing a grey suit, blue button-down shirt, and purple bow tie against a purple paisley wall
November 2, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: André Pérez on Transgender Oral History

André Pérez shares his approach to multimedia projects, why he focuses on work that empowers marginalized communities, and how storytelling helps us imagine otherwise.

Wazhmah Osman wearing a pink button-down shirt, in front of a wall painted with graffiti
October 19, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Wazhmah Osman on Autoethnography and Afghan Documentary Film

Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, Postcards from Tora Bora, which recounts Wazhmah's return to her childhood home of Kabul, Afghanistan nearly 20 years after her family fled Cold War violence.

Ronak Kapadia wearing a black button-down shirt, in front of bright green leaves
October 5, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Ronak Kapadia on Resisting Imperial Visuality

Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social justice activism and ethnic studies/women's studies scholarship, and self-care and community care as disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.

April Lynn James wearing a dapper black tux with blue lapels and black top hat with pink sash and large hat pins
September 21, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: April Lynn James on Whimsical Poetry as a Healing Tool

April Lynn James on how storytelling can help trauma survivors heal and the political and personal importance of whimsy and laughter.

Karma Chávez wearing a light blue shirt
September 7, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Karma Chávez on Queer Migration Politics

Karma Chávez discusses the intersectional politics of migration, how grassroots activism is essential to social change, the power of sound-based media, and how her work integrates art, activism, and academia.

micha cárdenas wearing a red coat, in front of green leaves
June 1, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: micha cárdenas on Wearable Technologies for Racial Justice

How can we retool science and technology to serve marginalized groups? micha cárdenas discusses using digital media and wearable technologies to protect Black and Latinx communities from police violence, how art can enable survival, and how queer and trans communities of color are imagining and creating more just worlds.

Pixelated photo of Simone Browne
May 4, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Simone Browne on the History of Anti-Black Surveillance

How does the history of slavery shape modern-day surveillance systems? How is privacy inherently gendered and racialized? Simone Browne explains how Black communities have resisted and interfered with the surveillance practices that target them, coming across Frantz Fanon’s FBI file, and the joys of collaborating with academics, artists, and activists.

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