27. Speaking Against Racism w/ Taiyaba Husain

In Episode 27 we talk to Professor Taiyaba Husain of the USC Writing Program about recent incidents of racism in our community and how to empower students to challenge racism in the classroom, the university, and everywhere they find it.

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

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“We’re not all a monolith in how we think about [things], and I think that’s important to acknowledge.” @TaiyabaHusain

“I’ve always said to my students, you know, part of this process, if we’re going to do this together, actually is forgiveness…We are going to maybe speak in ways that are unintentionally oblivious, that maybe are unkind or unknowing…If we are to keep having these difficult conversations, there has to be some ability to forgive.” @TaiyabaHusain

“If we are, from semester to semester, class to class, if we’ve been complacent…dropping the same joke, doing the same thing, this is an opportunity…to actually do new things, to respond to the moment.” @TaiyabaHusain

“I asked them [students] what do you want from me? To your mind, what is my role as your instructor? How can I help you become a better writer? A better thinker?” @TaiyabaHusain

“If we have expectations of [students]…what are [their] expectations of us?” @TaiyabaHusain

This episode was recorded on September 14. Please be aware that, because we recorded via Zoom, there are occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

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