Dan welcomes USC Writing Program instructor Professor Lilit Keshishyan to discuss the power of oral histories, her work with My Armenian Story at The Institute of Armenian Studies. She speaks about the impact of The Armenian Genocide & Diaspora, sheds light on what happened to Armenians during WWII, and so much more. This is such a deep episode and a great start to Writing Remix in 2023. Read and download the full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this post.Continue reading “94. Preserving Oral Histories w/ Professor Lilit Keshishyan”
Dan welcomes Roseann Corey from Rosemont College to discuss how rhetoric can bring communities closer, navigating the competitive academic market, breaking the unwritten rules of academic writing with creativity, communicating across multiple generational gaps peacefully, multimodality, and so much more. Read and download the full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this post.Continue reading “93. Unpacking the Power of Rhetoric w/ Roseann Corey”
Dan welcomes Riti Sharma on the podcast to discuss the many facets of the English language. Riti unpacks the complex linguistic landscape of India (where she lives & teaches), how examining the history of English exposes its complicated past, present, & future, essay writing as a genre, and the role orality plays in passing along knowledge & (re)connecting people, and so much more. This is a dense episode, so get ready to take a lot of notes.
Just a word about the sound, there were some significant internet issues that impacted the sound quality, but it didn’t impact the value of the ideas.Continue reading “92. Remixing & Meshing English(es) w/ Riti Sharma”
Dan reflects on his journey from photography to English Professor using Gary Snyder’s essay “Etiquette of Freedom” to understand the empowering forces of wildness, wilderness, and being wild. He talks about his relationship with photography, how flash photography is like open class discussions, academia being a constant cycle of proving yourself, what it means to choose yourself and your passions, and so much more.Continue reading “91. Solo Remix: Becoming an English Professor w/ Dan Dissinger”
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.Continue reading “90. Reacting to Roe v Wade Overturn w/ Stephanie Renée Payne, Danielle Lee, Leah Rubinsky, & Julia Reade”
Dan invites Dr. Natalie Byfield, Dr. Raj Chetty, & Dr. LaToya Sawyer to talk about the creation of The Institute for Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) at Saint John’s University in Queens, NY. To best set the tone for this episode, here’s a quote from Dr. Natalie Byfield, the Founding Director of CRES:
“I was looking for something this morning on my computer and I just came across all these things that students had sent me that I’d been collecting about things they were experiencing, and I thought it was just so important that that always be remembered because what came out of that, very clearly I think, in the student space and in the activism that was taking place among the students was that they wanted to do something to make Saint John’s a safer space for students of color. They wanted to do something to ensure that even after they left, structurally and institutionally, there would be programs and there would be parts of the structure of the university that would be more welcoming to students of color. And so I do want to go back to that and keep that in mind because I think a lot of time transformations that take place in university spaces do come from students or at the impetus of students and I just think that in general terms there’s a long history of it so I’d like to also place the work of the students at Saint John’s in the context of that history.” –Dr. Natalie ByfieldContinue reading “89. Building The Institute for Critical Race & Ethnic Studies w/ Dr. Natalie Byfield, Dr. Raj Chetty, & Dr. LaToya Sawyer”
This is a celebratory episode to close out PRIDE Month 2022. Dr. Ashley King is an inspiration. Her work empowers students, invites them to thrive and cultivate not just meaningful projects, they cultivate meaningful experiences that show them what they can accomplish. I want to acknowledge all the awe-inspiring work that Dr. Ashley King is doing out there, as well as all our LGBTQ+ colleagues in academia, podcasting, the art world, and beyond.
Dan is joined by guest host Danielle Lee speak with Dr. Ashley King about the strong ties between reading science fiction and teaching critical thinking & social justice, how science fiction opens the door to humanization in a world so focused on dehumanizing minoritized communities, the connections between science fiction and identity, Dr. King’s research work with Queer Religious studies, how her students are developing intensely critical projects beyond the essay, and so much more.Continue reading “88. Crossing the Bridge Between Social Justice & Sci-Fi w/ Dr. Ashley King”
Content warning for discussion of guns, genocide, violence, and mass shootings.
Dan is joined by guest host Stephanie Renée Payne to talk to the author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz about the constitutional history of the Second Amendment, the rise of white nationalism in the NRA, the role of the Second Amendment in creating well-regulated colonialism & genocide, Reconstruction, finding a path forward, and so much more.
The Writing Remix stands against all acts of violence, racially motivated terrorism, and white supremacy. Gun violence must be stopped. Mass shootings must be stopped. 2nd Amendment extremism & worship must be stopped. These are not political issues, they are issues of HUMANITY.Continue reading “87. Disarming the 2nd Amendment w/ Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz”
Dan invites Nat Garcia-Hammon (pronouns: they/them), a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University to discuss the challenges of teaching in Florida, practicing & embodying vulnerability in the classroom and beyond, the relationship between learning/knowledge creation and full-embodiment, Nat’s journey from Law School to Rhetorician, their Freirean classroom pedagogy, how Doctoral programs can better prepare students for the emotional realities of academic life & work, and so much more!Continue reading “86. Embodying Vulnerability w/ Nat Garcia”
Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum, Dr. Cristina Migliaccio, from CUNY Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY to discuss culturally & linguistically inclusive digital pedagogy, the professional depth & dedication of the Medgar Evers College Adjunct Faculty, loving the craft of teaching, their graduate school experiences, the coded messaging of the phrase, “Oh, you’re one of those,” Cristina’s work with the Calandra Italian American Institute, and so much more.Continue reading “85. Being Drawn to Teaching w/ Cristina Migliaccio”