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. Rob Helfenbein
In Episode 38 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Rob Helfenbein a Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Dr. Rob Helfenbein draws on research as a critical geographer and curriculum theorist to share his insights on his lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discussed some of the following issues: American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS), transitioning to a new place, Black Lives Matter uprisings in Baltimore implications for scholars, political landscape in Georgia, unsettling beliefs in teacher education, cultural studies, spatial thinking, banning of teaching divisive concepts in public schools, new materialism, posthumanism, intellectual and critical geographies of historical and contemporary racialized and material segregations, time, space, and place, Bergamo Conference, living in the shadows of “freedom,” and so much more.
Dr. Celia Haig-Brown
In Episode 37 Dr. Ng-A-Fook interviews Dr. Celia Haig-Brown a documentary filmmaker and Professor at York University. Dr. Haig-Brown draws on decolonizing approaches to share her insights on what we might learn from, and with, different First Nations communities. We discussed some of the following issues: Ukrainian-Russian conflict, COVID-19 Pandemic, lived experiences with Indigenous teacher education programs, teaching and learning with First Nations mothers, challenges of documentary filmmaking as SSHRC-funded research, Listening to the Land, Resistance and Renewal, collaborating with the Naskapi Nation and different filmmakers, film editing, decolonizing university research ethics policy and procedures, troubling non-Indigenous researchers positionalities, future collaborations with families who have intergenerational relations with the Kamloops Residential School, and so much more.
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.