Craig Santos Perez wearing a black shirt and a beaded necklace, in front of trees
November 21, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Craig Santos Perez on a Decolonial and Demilitarized Pacific

Craig Santos Perez talks about poetry as a social justice practice, communal storytelling, and the movement for a decolonial and demilitarized Pacific.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls wearing a grey shirt and silver and black watch
August 23, 2017

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

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.

John Hina (Prime) wearing a blue shirt and lavender jacket, Abigail Romanchak wearing a black shirt and brown pants kneeling on the floor making art, and Solomon Enos wering a black shirt with a yellow fruit on his head
June 28, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) on Native Hawaiian Food Security

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.

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
June 21, 2017

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

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.

Black and white photo of Lila Sharif wearing a dark shirt
May 31, 2017

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

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.

Surbhi Malik wearing a black shirt and gret scarf, in front of trees and a neighborhood street
May 24, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio

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.

Leah Milne wearing a pink blazer and white button-down shirt, in front of a bookcase
May 10, 2017

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

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.

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis wearing a black suit and black tie, and Mimi Khúc wearing a purple shirt
December 14, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis on Asian American Mental Health Activism

What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss Asian American mental health activism and how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness.

Mimi Nguyen wearing a blue sweater and gold hoop earrings
November 30, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Nguyen on Punk of Color Politics

Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.

Wazhmah Osman wearing a pink button-down shirt, in front of a wall painted with graffiti
October 19, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Wazhmah Osman on Autoethnography and Afghan Documentary Film

Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, Postcards from Tora Bora, which recounts Wazhmah's return to her childhood home of Kabul, Afghanistan nearly 20 years after her family fled Cold War violence.

Ronak Kapadia wearing a black button-down shirt, in front of bright green leaves
October 5, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Ronak Kapadia on Resisting Imperial Visuality

Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social justice activism and ethnic studies/women's studies scholarship, and self-care and community care as disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.

Minal Hajratwala wearing a blue and white shirt and pans, sitting in a stone windowsill in front of green plants and rocks
August 24, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Minal Hajratwala on How to Write Like a Unicorn

Minal Hajratwala on her genre-bending writing style, the joy of coaching other writers, and how to "write like a unicorn."

Nikiko Masumoto wearing a black jacket and blue button-down shirt looking joyously to the sky, below peach trees
May 18, 2016

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

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

Eric Tang wearing a blue shirt
March 23, 2016

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

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

Black and white photo of Margaret Rhee wearing a dark shirt, looking over her shoulder
February 24, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Margaret Rhee on Queer Feminist Robot Poetry

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.