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. Lisa Farley
In Episode 20 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Lisa Farley, an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research, at York University. During their conversation, Dr. Farley draws on psychoanalysis, childhood studies, and history education to share her insights on living and working during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They discuss some of the following issues and concepts: Atlantic bubble, wearing masks, family pack walks in Toronto, serving her research community, child analyst D.W. Winnicott’s work, interpreting public emergency policies, tropes of childhood memories, innocence, nuisance making, playful antics, punishable acts, troubling settler colonial figures of the “child,” a psychoanalytic critique of debates related to “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” ethics of free association and free speech, and so much more.
T. Mayheart Dardar
In Episode 19 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews T. Mayheart Dardar an Elder, grandfather, father, husband, son of a trawler, marine mechanic, student of martial arts, teacher, and citizen of the United Houma Nation. During their conversation, T. Mayheart Dardar shares his perspectives as a public intellectual, historian, poet, former politician, and writer in relation to the educational, historical, and political settler contexts of Louisiana. They discuss some of the following concepts: COVID-19, love of reading, oil and gas industry, land erosion and coastal restoration, the hurricane season, Houma women leaders, Federal recognition, troubling Eurocentric academic anthropological and historical perspectives, questioning the value system of an extraction settler economy, and so much more.
Dr. Awad Ibrahim
In Episode 18 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Awad Ibrahim, an internationally renowned Professor at the University of Ottawa. During their conversation, Dr. Ibrahim shares his perspectives as a curriculum theorist in relation to the economy of hospitality and COVID-19. They discuss some of the following concepts: being a new dad, privileges of being a universal subject, unconditional hospitality, Black popular culture, what might matter to youth, the explicit, hidden, and null curriculum, schooling versus education, ignorant schoolmaster, Hip-Hop as poetic social, historical, and political theorizing, African immigrant youth translating and negotiating becoming Black in Canada, rhizomatic multinational and multilingual excesses of Blackness, racial injustice, Black excellence, and so much more.
Dr. Sam Rocha
In Episode 17, Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Samuel D. Rocha, a philosopher and curriculum theorist at University of British Columbia. During their conversation, Dr. Rocha shares his perspectives as a phenomenologist, musician, artist, and Mexican-American in relation to the 2020 United States election and The Syllabus as Curriculum. They discuss some of the following concepts: experiencing and crossing intellectual and material borders, folk phenomenology, reductions of time and memory, “art precedes metaphysics” and the “offering,” playing jazz, hegemonic presence of social sciences in Faculties of Education, a non-Apology of the humanities, posthumanism and post-qualitative
Dr. Boni Wozolek
In Episode 16, Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Boni Wozolek, an Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State University, Abington College. During their conversation, Dr. Wozolek shares her perspectives as a queer woman of colour in relation to the current 2020 Pandemic, Queer Battle Fatigue, and School-to-Coffin Pipeline. They discuss some of the following concepts: working and mothering as an academic, negotiating capitals of shame, 2020 Presidential Debate, hidden curriculum of human and non-human intra-actions of violence, living a soundscape curriculum, pedagogy and research as quantum entanglements, an ethics of collecting sounds, policing bodies, gender, sexuality, racisms, the sounds of LGBTQ2 students breaking, homophobia, transphobia, suicide, self-harm, resistance, refusal, Black Excellence and so much more.
Dr. Keri Cheechoo
In this fifteenth episode, Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Keri Cheechoo, an Assistant Professor specializing in Indigenous Education at the University of Ottawa. During their conversation, Dr. Cheechoo shares her perspectives as an Iskwew, (Cree woman), daughter, mom, kookum, auntie, cousin, poet, and teacher from Long Lake #58 First Nation in relation to living in harmony. They discuss some of the following concepts: grandparenting, living as ceremony, dreaming of ancestral medicines, agency, regulating and sterilizing Indigenous women’s bodies, legacies of the Indian Residential Schooling system, Orange Shirt Day, relearning intergenerational relations, land acknowledgments, treaties, poetic inquiry, art, Pimatisiwin, a Nisgaa research methodology, trauma, healing, respecting dignity, reconciliation, regeneration, relationality, and so much more.