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Junior Faculty Collaborations: Part 1, Finding Collaborators

February 13, 2018 Blog

Academic collaborations can help you meet your career goals if approached right. Learn how to choose the best partners to work with on projects.

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Imagine Otherwise: Elizabeth Chin on Wearable Tech and Dancing Beyond Whiteness

January 31, 2018 Podcast

Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work, how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career, and how teaching kids how to make stuff is how Elizabeth imagines otherwise.

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Lunches You Can Take To Campus

January 30, 2018 Blog

Here are our suggestions for some simple, affordable, and tasty lunches you can take with you to campus—no culinary skills required!

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Leading a Great Discussion Section

January 23, 2018 Blog

Discussion sections are an important opportunity for students to build on their understanding of course lecture content. How can you lead a great one?

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Imagine Otherwise: Shaka McGlotten on the Erotics of Inquiry

January 10, 2018 Podcast

Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and 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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Getting the Most Out of Writing Groups

January 3, 2018 Blog

Learn how to design and run writing groups that build the accountability systems, intellectual communities, and editorial support groups you need.

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2017: Our Year in Review

December 19, 2017 Blog

2017 was an exciting year at Ideas on Fire. Learn about our 2017 accomplishments, including 4 new team members, 79 articles, 70 client projects, 27 podcast episodes, 23 webinars, and more!

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Yaba Blay

Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Small Changes to Refresh Your Routine

December 5, 2017 Blog

When things get overwhelming, sometimes you want to start over. But this isn't always possible. Here are some small changes you can make to your day-to-day life to help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on whatever you’re facing.

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Elicia Gonzales

Imagine Otherwise: Elicia Gonzales on Reproductive Justice and Latinx Queer Advocacy

November 29, 2017 Podcast

Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales talks about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should), the role of Latinx and other queer of color movements in Philadelphia’s radical history, why pleasure is a right not a privilege, and why she puts listening at the center of how she imagines otherwise.

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Caring While in Academia

November 21, 2017 Blog

What does it mean to care while when in academia? Caring for our bodies, our families, our communities, our time, and our careers can be quite the juggling act. It means consciously asking ourselves, what do we need? How do we carry all of what life has given us? How do we adapt to that which we carry?

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Aileen Suzara

Imagine Otherwise: Aileen Suzara on Filipino Food Activism and Eco-Education

November 1, 2017 Podcast

Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.

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Creating Passion Projects

October 31, 2017 Blog

Academic life is demanding on your time and resources, and even the most ardent scholars and activists feel like they’re running on empty sometimes. In the face of busyness and stress, true passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy, not just one more thing added onto your plate.

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Finding Non-Academic Mentors

October 17, 2017 Blog

Non-academic mentors bring a wealth of career expertise and life advice. Here's how to build and nurture the relationships that will sustain you in whatever careers you end up pursuing.

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Maintaining Friendships When Things Get Busy

October 10, 2017 Blog

Academia requires a lot of your time and attention. But making time for friendships can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Here’s how to make sure the people who matter to you don’t fall off your radar.

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Building Your Professional Community

October 9, 2017 Blog

Building a diverse, professional community of colleagues is one of your key jobs in grad school, as networks and communities shape your career(s) much, much more than any publishing, teaching, or service will. Join us for this webinar and learn how to build yours.

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Imagine Otherwise: Adeline Koh on Feminist Entrepreneurship and Self-Care

October 4, 2017 Podcast

Adeline Koh discusses her journey from tenured English professor to entrepreneur, how she puts her postcolonial feminist training to work at her company Sabbatical Beauty, and the challenges and surprises of settling into a new life as a business owner.

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Before and After Conference Checklists

October 3, 2017 Blog

Conferences are a wonderful way to build professional community but can also be a bit overwhelming because there is a lot to keep track of between sessions, receptions, meetings, travel arrangements, and meals. Here are two checklists you can use to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience.

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Podcasting as Public Intellectualism

October 2, 2017 Blog

Podcasting allows hosts, scholars, audiences, activists, teachers, students, and broader communities to connect scholarly research to public conversations and contribute to new worlds. Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent, networked media.

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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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