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Imagine Otherwise: Vicko Alvarez on “Putting the ‘Chola’ in ‘Scholar’” through Latina Feminist Comics

July 27, 2016 Podcast

Vicko Alvarez chats about using comics in the K-12 classroom and how she drew on her life to create her two comic series—ScholaR Comics and CholActivist—which use lighthearted, sometimes humorous events to tell otherwise tough stories of growing up Latina in a low-income neighborhood.

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Imagine Otherwise: Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Black Feminist Anti-Violence Activism & the Classroom as a Social Justice Space

July 13, 2016 Podcast

How can artists engage with the academy to share cultural work and activism? How is education a form of activism? Aishah Shahidah Simmons discusses her award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary, collaboration as key to feminist work, and how every one of us can help end violence in our communities.

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Imagine Otherwise: Amy Sadao on Museums as the New Public Sphere & Putting Ethnic Studies to Work in AIDS Activism

June 29, 2016 Podcast

What role do art museums and exhibition institutions play in creating political dialogue? Amy Sadao considers the role of art in social change, how ethnic studies informs her AIDS activism and curating practice, why we need more radical art and curators of color, and creating diverse community in Philadelphia.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Grey on Food as Community Building & Editing for Social Justice

June 15, 2016 Podcast

Sarah Grey talks about using food to create community, editing for social justice, socialist feminist approaches to child care, the tastiness and challenges of food writing, and her weekly radical dinner party Friday Night Meatballs.

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Imagine Otherwise: Micha Cárdenas on Wearable Technologies for Social and Racial Justice

June 1, 2016 Podcast

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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Nikiko Masumoto on Queer, Feminist Japanese American Farming & Food Justice

May 18, 2016 Podcast

Nikiko Masumoto shares how women of color feminism informs how she runs the Masumoto Family Farm, the rich history of Japanese American farmers in California’s Central Valley, writing and directing her play about WWII Internment, and how rural artists like her are forging new directions in creative entrepreneurship.

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Imagine Otherwise: Simone Browne on Resisting Surveillance & Creative Collaborations

May 4, 2016 Podcast

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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Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Ellcessor on Disability Media Accessibility

April 20, 2016 Podcast

How can media producers address the varied ways people with diverse disabilities use media and technology? Elizabeth Ellcessor explains why media accessibility is a social justice issue, how disability activists have harnessed technology in unexpected ways, and how producers can create media for the widest range of audiences.

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Imagine Otherwise: andré carrington on Race in Science Fiction & Shifting Roles for Black Academics

April 6, 2016 Podcast

What role does race play in imaginative literary genres like science fiction and fantasy? andré carrington discusses how bringing Black representation to academia is a form of activism, why we should complicate our current understanding of popular culture and race, and what sustains him in doing his social justice work.

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Imagine Otherwise: Eric Tang on the Cold War Origins of Refugee Policy & the Importance of Activist Scholarship

March 23, 2016 Podcast

Eric Tang chats about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s, how way urban spaces are shaped by slavery’s aftermath, and how scholars can join the vital movement for welfare rights.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lauren Rile Smith on Feminist Circus Art & Disability Body Love

March 9, 2016 Podcast

Lauren Rile Smith shares her experience directing the feminist and queer circus arts troupe Tangle Movement Arts, how disability and chronic pain shape her relationship to her dancing body, and the politics of a life onstage.

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Imagine Otherwise: Margaret Rhee on Teaching in Prisons & Queer Feminist Robot Poetry

February 24, 2016 Podcast

Margaret Rhee talks about the magic that can happen when one brings art, activism, and academia together; her new poetry book Radio Heart: or, How Robots Fall Out of Love; and what teaching new media classes in prisons taught her about intersectionality.

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Imagine Otherwise: Aymar Jean Christian on Queer & Trans of Color Media Production

February 10, 2016 Podcast

What are the benefits of indie television production for women, queers, and trans people of color? How is the slow speed of collaborative work actually an advantage? Aymar Jean Christian chats about Open TV; independent web series by queers, women, and trans people of color; and how his scholarship has informed his creative work.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Sawyers-Lovett on Queer Southern Memoir & How Zines Can Save Queer and Trans* Kids’ Lives

January 27, 2016 Podcast

Sarah Sawyers-Lovett shares her experience writing memoirs about “growing up poor, queer, and lonely in a conservative small town in Virginia”; the power of zines in queer and trans youth cultures; and how she’s produced her two podcasts, Queering the Shelves and Book Jawn.

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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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