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Malinda Maynor Lowery wearing a dark green shirt, in front of a grey and coral wall

Imagine Otherwise: Malinda Maynor Lowery on Lumbee Storytelling

Producer and oral historian Malinda Maynor Lowery on telling Lumbee history, food television, and the struggle for Indigenous political sovereignty.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Stefana Smith on a Poetics and Politics of Bafflement

Artist Sarah Stefana Smith about a poetics and politics of bafflement, Black feminist art, and artistic collaboration.

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Imagine Otherwise: Amber Jamilla Musser on Valuing Embodied Knowledge

Feminist scholar Amber Jamilla Musser on aesthetics and racialized sexuality, the politics of co-authoring, and embodied knowledge.

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Imagine Otherwise: Stacie Williams on Radical Librarianship

Librarian and archivist Stacie Williams on the racial and gender politics of information, radical librarianship, and the problematics of digital preservation.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sandra Ruiz on Resetting the Colonial Clock

Curator and professor Sandra Ruiz on Puerto Rican anti-colonial resistance and imagining otherwise towards decolonization.

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Fobazi Ettarh wearing a black shirt and glasses

Imagine Otherwise: Fobazi Ettarh on the Limits of Vocational Awe

Librarian Fobazi Ettarh on radical librarianship and how racially gendered vocational awe limits solidarity options in libraries and academia.

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Jenn M. Jackson wearing a blue and white polka dot shirt

Imagine Otherwise: Jenn M. Jackson on Black Feminist Love and Community Building

Teen Vogue columnist and political scientist Jenn M. Jackson on Black millennial podcasting, Black feminism, public scholarship, and justice as love in public.

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Imagine Otherwise: Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on Leaving No One Behind

Young adult novelist Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on the power of children's literature and speculative fiction, especially for young girls of color.

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Imagine Otherwise: Marisol LeBrón on an Anti-Colonial Abolitionist Praxis

Latinx studies professor Marisol LeBrón on policing and US colonialism in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's impact on research, and queer feminist prison abolition.

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Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón wearing a blue blazer and teal glasses against a colorfully painted wall

Imagine Otherwise: Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón on Women Graffiti Artists

Performance studies scholar and arts activist Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón on women graffiti writers, curation as social justice, and the importance of solidarity across the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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Imagine Otherwise: Jade S. Sasser on Reproductive Justice and Climate Change

Gender and health studies scholar Jade S. Sasser on the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.

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Imagine Otherwise: Aimee Bahng on Speculating from the Undercommons

Transnational feminist studies scholar Aimee Bahng onspeculative fiction, queer of color feminist futures, challenging US colonialism across the Pacific, and the racist origins of statistics.

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J. Kēhaulani Kauanui wearing a black blazer and blue striped shirt, in front of houses nestled in the mountains

Imagine Otherwise: J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian Sovereignty

Radio host and Indigenous studies scholar J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian sovereignty, independent media, consent politics, and the solidarities between anarchist and Indigenous movements.

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Jian Neo Chen wearing a black leather jacket and white button-down shirt standing in front of a fountain

Imagine Otherwise: Jian Neo Chen on Trans of Color Art and Activism

Transgender studies scholar Jian Neo Chen on the histories and futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art and activism.

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Imani Perry wearing a white shirt and resting her face on her hand

Imagine Otherwise: Imani Perry on Love as an Ethic

Feminist scholar Imani Perry on critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.

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Imagine Otherwise: Macarena Gómez-Barris on Fighting Extractive Capitalism

Latinx feminism scholar Macarena Gómez-Barris on using art to fight extractive capitalism beyond the state, the politics of translation, and working in and with community.

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Imagine Otherwise: Minh-Ha T. Pham on Asian Fashion Bloggers

Threadbared co-founder and critical fashion studies scholar Minh-Ha T. Pham on elite Asian fashion bloggers and the racialized, unpaid labor of fashion blogging.

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Imagine Otherwise: Manuela Lavinas Picq on Indigenous Futures

Journalist and feminist studies scholar Manuela Lavinas Picq on Indigenous Kichwa women's role in international politics, being a scholar in the Global South, and imagining Indigenous futures.

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Imagine Otherwise: Francesca T. Royster on Writing Courageously

Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster on the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.

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Tina Campt wearing a colorful shirt and gold earrings and necklace, resting her face on her hand

Imagine Otherwise: Tina Campt on Listening to Images

Professor Tina Campt on the haptic connections we have to photos and why the art/activism/academia braid holds such power for Black communities.

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Imagine Otherwise: Gayatri Gopinath on Queer Diasporic Aesthetics

Queer diaspora studies scholar Gayatri Gopinath on queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.

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Imagine Otherwise: Alice Y. Hom on Queer Public History

Community organizer and historian Alice Y. Hom on the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color.

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Imagine Otherwise: Bianca Laureano on Feminist Afro-Latinx Sex Education

Educator and sexologist Bianca Laureano on the radical work of women of color sexual health communities and feminist Afro-Latinx sex education.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sami Schalk on Black Women’s Speculative Fiction

Critical disability studies scholar Sami Schalk on how Black women's speculative fiction is reimagining what (dis)ability, gender, and embodiment mean.

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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha wearing purple lipstick, a black shirt, and gold earrrings

Imagine Otherwise: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on Disability Justice

Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on the past successes and current challenges of the disability justice movement and its intersections with queer, feminist, and anticolonial politics.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lakshmi Ramgopal on Postcolonial Music and the Pull of History

Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal on her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl and her research on what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics.

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Imagine Otherwise: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on Radical Memoir

Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on her memoir Dirty River and how queer brown and disabled femmes write themselves into history.

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Imagine Otherwise: Shaka McGlotten on the Passion of Inquiry

Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten on how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Chin on Dancing Beyond Whiteness

Dancer and technology studies scholar Elizabeth Chin on how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work and how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career.

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Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics

Hip hop scholar Shanté Paradigm Smalls on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture.

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Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

Cultural producer and scholar Yaba Blay on colorism, being an insider/outsider in the academy, and how celebrating Black girl magic is key to how she imagines otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Elicia Gonzales on Latinx Reproductive Justice

Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales on how feminist reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should).

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

Farmer and playwright Nikiko Masumoto on queer feminist of color farming in California's Central Valley and creative entrepreneurship for rural artists.

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Imagine Otherwise: Nia King on Supporting Queer and Trans Artists of Color

Podcaster Nia King on how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves and why getting queer and trans artists of color paid fairly for their work is a key part of how she imagines otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tanisha C. Ford on Black Creative Genius

Scholar  Tanisha C. Ford on the cultural and political dimensions of Black fashion, the state of contemporary critical feminist fashion studies, and how Black art and creative genius help us imagine otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Marcella Ernest on Native American Filmmaking and Podcasting

Ojibwe video artist and scholar Marcella Ernest on why representing Indigenous women require complex film techniques and how building a better world requires a new relationship between humans, land, and resources.

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

Palestinian studies scholar Lila Sharif on the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it.

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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

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

Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban on how art can address global warming, gender identity, and ancestral teachings.

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Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry

Slam poet and performance studies scholar Karen Jaime on NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets and how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space.

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Imagine Otherwise: Francisco Galarte on Chicanx Transgender Style

Chicanx studies scholar Francisco Galarte on 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.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice

Feminist scholar Tala Khanmalek on how academics can incorporate femme-of-color- healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows.

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Imagine Otherwise: Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art

Scholar Emily Hue on how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process and what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another.

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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Punk of Color Politics

Feminist scholar Mimi Nguyen on imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees and unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön.

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Imagine Otherwise: Ronak Kapadia on Resisting Imperial Visuality

Transnational feminist studies scholar Ronak Kapadia on how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire and self-care and community care as feminist disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.

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

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

Literary studies scholar Leah Milne on how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort.

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Imagine Otherwise: Vicko Alvarez on Latina Feminist Comics

Artist and educator Vicko Alvarez on her two comic series—ScholaR Comics and CholActivist—which use humor 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

Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons on her award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary and how every one of us can help end violence in our communities.

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

Imagine Otherwise: micha cárdenas on Wearable Technologies for Racial Justice

Artis and scholar micha cárdenas on using wearable technologies to protect Black and Latinx communities from police violence and how queer and trans communities of color are imagining and creating more just worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tara Fickle on Tarot in the Classroom

Media studies scholar Tara Fickle on why games and literature help us understand racial formation and how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment.

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Imagine Otherwise: Vince Schleitwiler on Afro–Asian Activist Coalitions

Scholar Vince Schleitwiler on liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities in "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century."

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

Feminist studies scholar Simone Browne on how Black communities have resisted and interfered with the surveillance practices that target them.

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Imagine Otherwise: andré carrington on Race in Science Fiction

African American literature studies scholar andré carrington discusses the history of race and blackness in particular in speculative fiction.

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Imagine Otherwise: Eric Tang on the Cold War Origins of Refugee Policy

Activist-scholar Eric Tang on about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s and how urban spaces are shaped by slavery’s aftermath.

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Imagine Otherwise: Christopher B. Patterson on Writing as Resistance and Refusal

Speculative fiction author, postcolonial studies scholar, and podcaster Christopher B. Patterson on the writing process, racialized name politics, and refusal as activism.

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