In this season finale, Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya and Omar Romandia from the University of Connecticut share their reflections on specific takeaways from conversations with their guests throughout the semester. From dance to music, antiracist teaching practices are truly multi-faceted and have the capacity to be transformative no matter the discipline.
Dr. Alexis Boylan from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Melissa Crum from Mosaic Education Network share how their professional and educational journeys inform how they approach antiracist work within art. By being more aware and critical about the visuals we consume on a daily basis, they encourage us to consider how visual expression, particularly through digital media, is intentional and how we might engage with it differently. Join us as we hear more about Drs. Boylan and Crum's work, their educational background, and their perspective on how our interpretations of art can reflect our narratives and positionalities.
Michael Bradford from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Christine Mok from the University of Rhode Island share how they integrate their own identities and lives to inform how they approach antiracist work within theatre. By combining their unique lenses and the traditional Western canon in theatre, our guests constantly work to disrupt that canon and create space for what might be possible in and through theatre. Join us as we hear more about Michael and Dr. Mok's work, their educational background and exposure, and their contributions to antiracist teaching in higher education.
Dr. Joseph Abramo from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Joyce McCall from Arizona State University share their perspective on what it means to teach music and music teachers in a way that honors the history and totality of musical genres. Pulling from their own experience and passion for the field, they share new ways of teaching and learning with students that are both bold and humanistic. Join us as we hear more about Joseph and Joyce's work, their musical background and exposure, and their contributions to higher education through music.
Dr. Oscar Guerra from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Lauren Cross from the University of North Texas share their perspective on what it takes to build upon one's history to cultivate new ways of engaging in antiracist teaching through visual arts and design. Their work emphasizes critical thinking, social investment, and vulnerability, in which they take a moral responsibility to prepare the next generation of scholars, activists, and artists. Join us as we hear more about Oscar and Lauren's work, their upbringing, and their contributions to the world at large through visual arts and design.
Truth Hunter from the University of Connecticut and Shani Collins from Connecticut College walk us through their process of how they disrupt dominant ideas about dance while cultivating a space for dancers to find themselves and even help them find a voice they didn't know they had. Their work spans multiple continents, which paves the way for a rich approach to their work. Join us as we hear more about Truth and Shani's craft, their history, and their contributions to the broader world through the act of dance.
Dr. Danielle Filipiak from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Johnny Ramirez from the University of Denver, and Marissa Martinez Suarez and Briana Aguilar from the University of Denver guide us through their work with community outreach and youth specifically. Join us as our guests share how their community work informs the way they approach antiracist teaching. We'll also hear insights as to what sparked their passion to engage in community work.
Danielle DeRosa from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Rani Varghese from Adelphi University, and Wilson Okello from the University of North Carolina Wilmington guide us through their process of how they help facilitate conversations between members of various social identity groups in an effort to create new levels of understanding. Join us as we delve deeper into themes of relating while also hearing more about how our guests integrate their knowledge in the classroom.
Dr. Sandy Grande from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Chris Nelson from the University of Denver join us in this episode to discuss notions of collectivity, community, and grounding our work in relation to those around us. Given the critical and indigenous perspectives of our guests we are also called to deepen our understanding about the centrality of relationships in antiracist teaching.
Dr. Kenny Nienhusser from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Liz Cantu from Estrella Mountain Community College, and Dr. Lewis Brownlee from Estrella Mountain Community College join us in this episode to discuss the importance of community colleges and their role in antiracist teaching practices. They share valuable narratives and insights about what guides their work both inside and outside of the classroom.