Episode 2: Engaging Community with Ben Pack and Emily Artiano

In our second episode, we talk to Professors Emily Artiano and Ben Pack about working with community partners, deconstructing hierarchies in the classroom, and experiencing things alongside their students. You can learn more about Emily here and Ben here.

Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

Texts mentioned in the episode
  • Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference by Nedra Reynolds
  • Service Learning as a Pedagogy of Whiteness by Tania Mitchell, David Donahue, & Courtney Young-Law
  • Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing edited by Steve Parks
  • #StayWoke: The Language and Literacies of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Elaine Richardson and Alice Ragland
  • From Candy Girls to Cyber Sista-Cipher: Narrating Black Females’ Color Consciousness and Counterstories in and out of School by Carmen Kynard
  • Teaching While Black by Carmen Kynard
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“[Rewriting the prompt to be more inclusive] seems to have had a really great effect on the way that students feel like they can write about their differences at USC. One thing I know I’m going to be much better about in the future is not gearing the class toward an assumption about what students would consider different.

Emily Artiano

“We move through the world in so many different ways and so many different spaces, and so if the class can begin to open up and dissect the information that’s being privileged so we get more diverse voices then I think that actually does a lot for [students’] critical thinking skills…It shows them how they can pull ideas from anywhere.”

Ben Pack

“I think that there is value to students seeing you experience something with them.”

Emily Artiano

“My favorite moments as a teacher now absolutely happen outside the classroom.”

Ben Pack

Episode 1: Stepping into the Self with Stephanie Renée Payne

In our first episode, we talk to Professor Stephanie Renée Payne about transgressing boundaries, modeling vulnerability, and helping students find their voice.

You can read more about Stephanie here.

Texts mentioned in the episode
  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Pedagogy of Hope by Paulo Freire
  • “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (coming soon!), Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.

“It’s not really about the mechanics of writing; that’s the easy part. It’s about opening up a space for students to feel safe to say how they feel.”

Stephanie Renée Payne

“There’s reciprocity in this process. You are learning your students. They’re teaching you who they are, and it’s shaping your pedagogy.”

Stephanie Renée Payne

“There are aspects of our vocation that are sacred. Our work is not merely to share information but to share the intellectual and spiritual growth of our students.”

bell hooks