How are we talking about the “academicky” stuff that informs our lived experiences? In response to such questions, Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook invites you to delve deeper into the lives and thinking of different public intellectuals, writers, artists, community activists, politicians, school administrators, and teachers.
Dr. Patricia Liu Baergen
In Episode 36 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Patricia Liu Baergen an Assistant Professor at Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Patricia Liu Baergen draws on her research in the areas of educational philosophy, curriculum studies, and life history to share her insights on intellectual works of Dr. Ted Tetsuo Aoki. We discussed some of the following issues: negotiating the 4th wave of the Pandemic, impact of the flooding in British Columbia, teaching, her recent book Tracing Ted Tetsuo Aoki’s Intellectual Formation, phenomenology, temporal movements of Dasein, internal and external biographical situatedness, isness of “curriculum-as-lived,” limits of instrumentalism, bridging a bridge that is not a bridge, and so much more.
Dr. Carl E. James
In Episode 35 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Carl E. James who holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education and is the Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation in the Office of the Vice President of Equity, People and Culture at York University. Dr. Carl E. James draws on the intersectionality of race with ethnicity, gender, class, and citizenship to discuss the lived experiences of marginalized community members. We discussed some of the following issues: negotiating the 4th wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Colour Matters, different sociological research methods, longitudinal impacts, being a 1.5 generation Canadian citizen, negotiating the neoliberal individual, structural and societal materialisms of anti-black racisms, enabling and disabling Black youth within public schooling and higher education, disrupting the web of “at risk” stereotypes, migration to outer suburbs and implications, agency, and so much more.
Dr. Paul Tarc
In Episode 34 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Paul Tarc is an Associate Professor at Western University. Dr. Paul Tarc draws on post-informed theories of representation, ethics, and cosmopolitan critical literacies to share his insights and feelings about the COVID-19 Pandemic. We discussed some of the following issues: negotiating the pandemic at home and work, neoliberal elite economic conceptions of higher education as revenue generation institutions, teaching overseas, internationalization, transnationalism, international students, cosmopolitan literacies, relations of power, privilege, nation-state and university branding, teacher education, troubling the limits of claiming criticality, education without guarantees, tempering social justice pedagogical motivations, and so much more.
Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile
In Episode 33 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Taliaferro Baszile, an Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Experience and Professor of Curriculum & Cultural Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. Dr. Taliaferro Baszile, draws on black feminist, critical race, and curriculum theories to share her insights and feelings about the COVID-19 Pandemic. We discussed some of the following issues: living as a family and higher education leader during a Pandemic, ideological failures of Democracy, teaching freedom in the language of oppression, re/curricularizing “the” standard “White American” curriculum, enacting protest within the space out of love, reimagining a world beyond a narratively condemned status, Ellisonian eyes, ontoepistemological qualities of a free mind, currere, Bergamo, and so much more.
Dr. Sean Carleton
In Episode 31 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Sean Carleton, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Dr. Sean Carleton, draws on the fields of history, settler colonial studies, economics, and education to share his insights on the historical contexts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Truth, and then Reconciliation Education. We discussed some of the following issues: Canadian Federal election, colonial logics of elimination, nationalistic racist representations in history textbooks, history of schooling in British Columbia, settler denial and anxiety, role of historians, schools, and Church in supporting the colonial project, media, meaningful nation-to-nation relations, Idle No More, and so much more.
Dr. Michael Cappello
In Episode 31 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Michael Cappello, an Associate Professor at the University of Regina. Dr. Cappello draws on educational core studies and anti-oppressive education to share his insights on people’s diverse lived experiences with the COVID-19 Pandemic, in relation to Treaty 4, and “It’s ok to be (Against) White(ness).” We discussed some of the following issues: neoliberal politics and economics of a pandemic, global inequities accessing COVID-19 vaccines, a settler colonial worldview and ideologies of capitalism, race and racisms, racialized systems of advantage, whiteness and its systemic inclusive privileges, unsettling stories of dominance, reimagining citizenship and restorying (restoring) our treaty relations, intergenerational impacts of the Indian Residential Schooling system, legacy of state sponsored policing, troubling token land acknowledgements, Federal election, and so much more.