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Imagine Otherwise: Yolanda Wisher on Poetry as a Community Engagement Practice

September 20, 2017 Podcast

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.

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

September 6, 2017 Podcast

Nia King shares how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves, the racial politics of the publishing industry, how she has put her ethnic studies training to work beyond the academy, 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: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation

August 23, 2017 Podcast

Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture, building a critical practice around embodiment, and how working towards an enlightened society is critical to how they imagine otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tanisha C. Ford on Black Creative Genius & Being Bold in Work and Life

August 9, 2017 Podcast

Tanisha C. Ford discusses the cultural and political dimensions of Black fashion, the state of contemporary critical fashion studies and its possible futures, how creative practice and academic work can inform one another, and how Black art and creative genius help us imagine otherwise.

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IoF Team Favorites: Films to Teach

August 1, 2017 Blog

A great film can spark discussion and animate your classroom. Whether you're teaching a course in ethnic studies or queer theory, giving your students the opportunity to engage with an audiovisual text can shift their thinking, and push your pedagogy in new directions. Here are our favorite films to teach.

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Imagine Otherwise: Heath Fogg Davis on Transgender Discrimination & Professors as Consultants

July 26, 2017 Podcast

Heath Fogg Davis shares why almost all sex classification is unnecessary, in everything from bathrooms and IDs to sports and education; how Philadelphia is tackling racism and queer and trans justice; how scholars can harness their expertise in community consulting projects; and why large-scale structural change is necessary.

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Imagine Otherwise: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) on Native Hawaiian Food Security & Using Art to Fight Consumerism

June 28, 2017 Podcast

What is the relationship between food insecurity, colonialism, and global warming? How can art intervene in these processes? Native Hawaiian artists Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) share their experiences working with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab coming up July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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

June 21, 2017 Podcast

How can shared space drive artistic, healing collaborations? How can art address global warming, gender identity, ancestral teachings, and the importance of local community?
Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban share their experiences with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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Imagine Otherwise: Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, & Adriel Luis on Curating for Social Justice

June 14, 2017 Podcast

What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art experience? Curators Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis share their experiences curating the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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Art and Community-Based Research with Aymar Jean Christian

June 5, 2017 Blog

Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lila Sharif on the Settler Colonial Politics of Food & Decolonial Strategies for Eating

May 31, 2017 Podcast

Lila Sharif chats about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how she gets students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.

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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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Weekend Reading: Intersectionality, Love, and Resistance

March 2, 2017 Blog

Our reading list for this unseasonably warm weekend brings together reflections on doing scholarly work as women of color, creativity at the intersection of activism and academia, and how the twin forces of love and resistance can help sustain us in trying times.

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