90. Reacting to Roe v Wade Overturn w/ Stephanie Renée Payne, Danielle Lee, Leah Rubinsky, & Julia Reade

Please be advised that this episode does contain conversations on abortion, sexual violence, assault and rape, mental health issues, racial violence, and torture. Listener discretion is advised

Dan invites Stephanie Renée Payne, Danielle Lee, Leah Rubinsky, & Julia Reade to unpack & respond to the horrifying overturn of Roe v Wade, stripping child-bearing people of their right to choose, body autonomy, and equal access to healthcare in many US states. This powerful panel of women unpacks the role of capitalism, racism, classism, and patriarchy play in this shameful decision by the US Supreme Court, and so much more.

Stephanie Renée Payne teaches writing in both the freshman and advanced writing seminars at the University of Southern California. Payne’s special topics include experiential and collaborative learning using the city of Los Angeles as an extended campus in her Food & Culture course in the Advanced Writing seminar. Payne’s aim in collaborative and experiential learning is to foster within her students a consideration of the self, the intersection of self with the other, and the self and the other within multiple environments to produce thoughtful, rich, and probing writing that is relevant in a 21st-century context. Payne writes non-fiction and fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and commercial print publications. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Dr. Danielle Lee, Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Old Westbury. You can follow Danielle on Twitter @dlitephul.

Leah Rubinsky is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Her dissertation examines themes of motherhood, memory and place in contemporary Colombian and Caribbean women’s fiction. She is currently on a grant-funded research trip to Colombia in the spring quarter of 2022 to undertake archival and ethnographic research. Her work activates traditional, academic forms alongside oral storytelling methodologies to produce engaged, accessible and public-facing scholarship in the form of podcasts, audio archives and audio stories. 

Links:Grad Share Podcast is available on Spotify / Apple or here: https://gradshare.buzzsprout.com

Julia Reade currently teaches at Nova High School, a public alternative school with a focus in racial and gender equity, in Seattle, Washington. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has worked in Seattle Schools as a Special Education Teacher for 11 years, and holds endorsements in Secondary ELA, Special Education, and Health and Fitness. Julia holds a BA in English and Philosophy and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. She is currently working towards a MA in English Literature and DA in English Pedagogy at Murray State University, K-12 Ethnic Studies endorsement, a Graduate Certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies, Africa and African Diaspora Studies. Native American Studies, and Chicana/o Studies. Julia’s current projects include developing in tandem with classmates, colleagues and students pedagogy that centers the experiences of those furthest from justice. Julia resides in Seattle’s Central District with her two school-aged children and cow dog, Cyrus. 

Nova High School’s Free Queer Little Library: https://www.instagram.com/novahsqueerlittlelibrary/?scrlybrkr=9f91e256

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

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“What has always struck me about this conversation is that nobody talks about the emotional and psychological effect on the woman.”
–Danielle Lee

“[The overturn of Roe] follows the structure and the foundational elements of this country which favors the wealthy and ignores the underclass; and as an African-American woman, the underclass, so to speak, its foundational elements were in enslavement.”
–Stephanie Renée Payne

“It’s so interesting to me how in the United States there’s this tendency to kind of hyper-focus first of all on the fetus, you know is there a heartbeat, is there pain is there life, and then completely ignore the woman or the person with the uterus who has this whole contextual world around this situation.” –Leah Rubinsky

“We are now back at a point where we are hopeless, and we are fractured, and it’s the few who are trying to set this country back on track. But there is so much fear and terror by the other side of losing that utopian vision of what they thought this country was going to be [and] should be.”
–Danielle Lee

“We understood, as people from enslaved populations, what America really was–it was a torture system.” –Stephanie Renée Payne

“We were not standing on level ground to look one another in the eye and see each other’s humanity.” –Stephanie Renée Payne

“I think part of that reckoning is going to happen when we can make progress in how we’re talking about history at the onset, you know in K-12.” –Julia Reade

“I know that there’s a lot of groups in Colombia who have done campaigns getting celebrities and famous people to talk openly about their experiences with abortion and to really destigmatize talking about it, and I think, maybe that has had a big effect because when you talk about it we understand what we know more.”
–Leah Rubinsky

“A force of power exists with the people.” –Stephanie Renée Payne

This episode was recorded on July 18th, 2022. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be 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.

Humanities Podcasting Symposium 2022

Podcasting as Knowledge Sharing and Creation

We are excited to announce our 2022 Symposium on “Podcasting as Knowledge Sharing and Creation.” It will take place virtually on October 20-22. Register to attend here. This is a FREE EVENT!

The Humanities Podcast Network Symposium is returning this October 20th – 22nd, 2022 for our second virtual symposium. This year’s theme is Podcasting as Knowledge Sharing & Creation. Join us for conversations about the exciting world of education and informational podcasting and podcasters! Emerging and independent scholars are especially welcome.

Please register on Eventbrite to attendRegistration is free and open to all.

The symposium will be a series of one-hour roundtables with the second thirty minutes reserved for audience Q+A. If you registered to lead a session, we will contact you by early September to let you know your session and introduce you to your fellow roundtable participants so you can plan the session collaboratively. You are also welcome to attend the conference as an audience member and join in the conversations! 

All sessions will be recorded and posted to our YouTube page for archival purposes.

We encourage you to register by September 30 to allow us to plan though registration will remain available until the symposium begins.

Last year’s symposium went extremely well, and we are hoping to build on its success this year by focusing on the “Network” part of the HPN, strengthening the community of educational podcasters by giving us a space in which to make and grow our connections and friendships. We look forward to seeing you!

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