11 episodes

A podcast from the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture at the University of Southern California - Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

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A podcast from the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture at the University of Southern California - Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Dr. Elizabeth Alexander

    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Dr. Elizabeth Alexander

    In the aftermath of the 1992 LA Uprisings, Anna Deavere Smith crafted TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, a play based on Smith’s interviews with over 200 Los Angeles residents. 
    30 years later, through the lens of TWILIGHT, we ask: how can the arts advance social justice? Can they help us understand structural racism, as more than individual prejudice? Can they provide models for working through conflict? Can they show us both possibilities and limits to our strategies for social change?
    Today we are in conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, distinguished poet and President of the Mellon Foundation.  Dr. Alexander was one of the dramaturgs on Twilight; at the time she was teaching at the University of Chicago. Dr. Alexander shows us the transformative power of the arts, humanities, and progressive philanthropy to transform the present and help to create more just, more equitable futures. 
    The Arts of Racial Reckoning is executive produced by Dorinne Kondo.
    This episode was edited by David Badstubner.
    The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture is generously funded by USC Dornsife and the Mellon Foundation.

    • 47 min
    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Oskar Eustis & Héctor Tobar

    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Oskar Eustis & Héctor Tobar

    In the aftermath of the 1992 LA Uprisings, Anna Deavere Smith crafted TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, a play based on Smith’s interviews with over 200 Los Angeles residents. 
    30 years later, through the lens of TWILIGHT, we ask: how can the arts advance social justice? Can they help us understand structural racism, as more than individual prejudice? Can they provide models for working through conflict? Can they show us both possibilities and limits to our strategies for social change?
    Today we speak with two other dramaturgs who are prominent figures in their respective fields of theater, journalism, and literature: Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. What was their experience with the making of TWILIGHT? What changes do they see since 1993, both in their fields and in terms of race relations in this country? 
    The Arts of Racial Reckoning is executive produced by Dorinne Kondo.
    This episode was edited by David Badstubner.
    The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture is generously funded by USC Dornsife and the Mellon Foundation.

    • 59 min
    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Anna Deavere Smith

    The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Anna Deavere Smith

    In the aftermath of the 1992 LA Uprisings, Anna Deavere Smith crafted TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, a play based on Smith’s interviews with over 200 Los Angeles residents. 
    30 years later, through the lens of TWILIGHT, we ask: how can the arts advance social justice? Can they help us understand structural racism, as more than individual prejudice? Can they provide models for working through conflict? Can they show us both possibilities and limits to our strategies for social change?
    The Arts of Racial Reckoning is executive produced by Dorinne Kondo.
    This episode was produced and edited by Allyson M. Holley.
    The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture is generously funded by USC Dornsife and the Mellon Foundation.

    • 49 min
    Muslims As Seen on TV Ep. 3: Muslim Women Firsts with Belquis Elhadi

    Muslims As Seen on TV Ep. 3: Muslim Women Firsts with Belquis Elhadi

    Evelyn Alsultany interviews Belquis Elhadi Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan on “Muslims Firsts,” particularly Muslim women who wear the hijab and are celebrated for being “the first” to do something. We talk about Noor Tagouri, the first Muslim woman to pose in Playboy magazine, what it means to be a first, and how it works in the market.  Editor: Esteban Ramirez
    Producer: Allyson M. Holley
    The Muslims as Seen on TV podcast is produced and distributed by the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture, a faculty-led initiative spearheaded by Professor Karen Tongson at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College that brings together researchers exploring shifts in gender, race, and sexuality in popular culture, while also translating that research for the public square. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Consortium is functioning as a start-up podcast network within the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, and working with both faculty and students to produce informative audio stories in multiple genres. 

    • 33 min
    Muslims As Seen on TV Ep. 2: Black Muslim Representations with Kam Copeland

    Muslims As Seen on TV Ep. 2: Black Muslim Representations with Kam Copeland

    Evelyn Alsultany interviews Kam Copeland, Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California on representations of Black Muslims in the US media. The focus is on how images of Black Muslims have changed over time, from the 1959 documentary “The Hate That Hate Produced,” the 1977 TV miniseries, “Roots,” the 1993 feature film “Menace II Society,” to the 2005 TV drama “Sleeper Cell.”   Editor: Esteban Ramirez
    Producer: Allyson M. Holley
    The Muslims as Seen on TV podcast is produced and distributed by the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture, a faculty-led initiative spearheaded by Professor Karen Tongson at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College that brings together researchers exploring shifts in gender, race, and sexuality in popular culture, while also translating that research for the public square. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Consortium is functioning as a start-up podcast network within the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, and working with both faculty and students to produce informative audio stories in multiple genres. 

    • 46 min
    Critical Conversations: Tanya Saracho & Elda María Román on the 'Messiness' of Latinx Representation

    Critical Conversations: Tanya Saracho & Elda María Román on the 'Messiness' of Latinx Representation

    Playwright and Vida showrunner Tanya Saracho joins USC professor Elda María Román to talk about how Latinx representation on the stage, page and screen (both big and small) are never an easy task. Instead they invite writers to think and work through all sorts of nuance, "messiness," and breadth. Their discussion affirms how and why our identities can never be seen as monolithic.


     


    Produced and distributed by The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Popular Culture, a faculty-led initiative at USC Dornsife. 

    • 38 min

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