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 Byfield
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum Dr. Regina Duthely from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA to talk about the possibilities of digital teaching & digital rhetorics away from current Zoom-emergency pedagogy, the digital space being a place to fully embody the self, the burden of extra labor/service that scholars of color, particularly women of color, take on in academia, how students thrive when we expand past “just the essay,” what Regina is excited about coming up in her career, and so much more.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, Dan invites Elz on to discuss the release of their debut book did I tell You What Happened? a fragmented memoir, living & writing in Oxford, MS, the role writing plays to communicate and navigate Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder, why we still have the need for genres, and so much more.
In the final special episode celebrating American author Jack Kerouac’s centennial birthday, Dan invites Advanced PhD scholar of American Literature Saloni Srivastava & Poet David O’Connor to talk about the all-consuming meditative power of driving on the road, living at The Kerouac house in Orlando, FL, the spiritual depth of Kerouac’s writing, seeking one’s lineage, and a whole lot more. This is an episode that virtually traversed many timezones to happen.
In the second of three special episodes celebrating Kerouac’s 100th birthday, Dan invited S.A. Griffin & Richard Modiano to talk about Kerouac’s contribution to American poetry, his haiku mastery, spiritual questing, the challenge of adapting Kerouac’s novels on film, and so much more.
In honor of Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday, Dan invited writers and fellow Naropa alumni Tim Hernandez & Nate Jordan to talk about how Kerouac influenced their writing & personal journeys. They discuss Tim’s 2013 novel about Bea Franco (Terry/”The Mexican Girl” from On the Road) Mañana Means Heaven, understanding the influence of the publishedJoan Anderson Letter (2020) on Kerouac’s writing style, the importance of Neal Cassady, Kerouac the spiritual and knowledge seeker, and so much more.
This is the first of three special Kerouac episodes being released this month.