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.
Dancer and Latinx studies scholar Manuel Cuellar on queering Mexican folkloric dance and how embodied Indigenous knowledge production provides an alternative to traditional universities.
Transgender studies scholar Jian Neo Chen on the histories and futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art and activism.
Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal on her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl and how she curates art exhibits to imagine more just worlds.
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.
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice and the radicality of live poetry performance.
Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on her memoir Dirty River and how queer brown and disabled femmes write themselves into history.
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.
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.
Hip hop scholar Shanté Paradigm Smalls on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture and building a critical practice around embodiment.
Scholar Emily Hue on how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process and why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph.
Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban on how art can address global warming, gender identity, and ancestral teachings.
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.
Playwright, performance studies scholar, and oral historian E. Patrick Johnson on how Black gay men and women are crafting community-based oral histories and the politics of artistic and scholarly collaboration.
Poet and opera singer April Lynn James on how storytelling can help trauma survivors heal and the political and personal importance of whimsy and laughter.
Farmer and playwright Nikiko Masumoto on queer feminist of color farming in California's Central Valley and creative entrepreneurship for rural artists.