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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.


Sandra Ruiz wearing a grey vest and black shirt

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.


Black and white photo of Alix Olson wearing a black sweatshirt

Imagine Otherwise: Alix Olson on Transitioning from Performer to Professor

Poet and professor Alix Olson on career transitions, pedagogy, queer kinship, and the limits of resilience.


Manuel Cuellar wearing a magenta patterned sweater and white collared shirt, standing in a field with trees

Imagine Otherwise: Manuel Cuellar on Dancing as Community Building

Dancer and Latinx studies scholar Manuel Cuellar on queering Mexican folkloric dance and how embodied Indigenous knowledge production provides an alternative to traditional universities.


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.


Lakshmi Ramgopal (Lykanthea) wearing a black shirt, sitting on a bench

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 how she curates art exhibits to imagine more just worlds.


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.


Yolanda Wisher wearing a black shirt and laughing

Imagine Otherwise: Yolanda Wisher on Poetry as Community Engagement

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice and the radicality of live poetry performance.


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

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.


Shaka McGlotten wearing a grey shirt and black hat with "boy" written on it

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.


Elizabeth J. Chin wearing gold hoop earrings

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.


Shanté Paradigm Smalls wearing a grey shirt and silver and black watch

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 and building a critical practice around embodiment.


Emily Hue wearing a black and white patterned shirt and glasses, outside under bright green trees

Imagine Otherwise: Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art

Scholar Emily Hue on how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process and why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph.


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.


Karen Jaime wearing a grey suit and white button-down shirt

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.


E. Patrick Johnson wearing a black button-down shirt, looking over his shoulder

Imagine Otherwise: E. Patrick Johnson on Oral History and Creativity Rituals

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.


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

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

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.


Nikiko Masumoto wearing a black jacket and blue button-down shirt looking joyously to the sky, below peach trees

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.