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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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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: Vince Schleitwiler on New Directions for the Public Humanities & Afro–Asian Activist Coalitions

February 8, 2017 Podcast

Vince Schleitwiler talks about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of neoliberalism, and how contemporary activists draw inspiration from what he calls "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice & Self-Care in Grad School

January 25, 2017 Podcast

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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Zach McDowell on Open Access Publishing & Why “Information Wants to Be Free”

January 11, 2017 Podcast

Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels & Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era & How Librarians Save Lives

December 28, 2016 Podcast

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, and how those scholars and activists can expand public access to scholarship.

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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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About Imagine Otherwise

Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.

Learn more about the show and host Cathy Hannabach

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