Nothing Never Happens is a journey into cutting-edge pedagogical theory and praxis, where co-hosts Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether connect with leading voices in radical teaching and learning. We engage a range of approaches — including but not limited to democratic, feminist, queer, decolonial, and abolitionist models.
Work the Contradictions! On Institutional Power and Minority Difference
What happens to grassroots movements when they get access to normative power? How does one resist capture? What traditions, theories, and cautionary tales should we reference?
Professor and critic Roderick Ferguson, author of https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520293007/we-demand (We Demand: The University and Student Protests), among many other works on social movements and the politics of institutional dissent, joins us to discuss these themes, and much more, in our May 2022 episode.
This interview is for all who know that tough moral or political bind: between intellection and administration; between creative risk and bureaucratic necessity; between holding a radical critique of power and resisting cooptation in everyday life.
Music by Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Paul Myhrie, Aliyah Harris, and Akrasis (aka Mark McKee + Max Bowen)
Logo design by Emily Vinick
Co-hosted and co-produced by Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether
Rehearsing for Reality: Theater as Catalyst for Social Change
Get ready for a master class in Theater of the Oppressed! This month we welcome playwright, director, and author https://cardboardcitizens.org.uk/our-news/article/adrian-jackson-to-step-down-as-artistic-director/ (Adrian Jackson). Adrian is best known his role as the founder and longtime artistic director London-based theater and arts company https://cardboardcitizens.org.uk/who-we-are/manifesto/ (Cardboard Citizens), which is dedicated to working with and for people who have experienced homelessness and poverty. Come for the raucous theater games, stay for the organic wisdom and transformative potential that they unlock.
Co-hosts: Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether
Outro music by https://akrasis.bandcamp.com/ (Akrasis) (Max Bowen raps; Mark McKee beats)
DEFEND THE CLASSROOM! Building Power with Ira Shor
How should we collectively defend classrooms from the neoliberal assault on democratic praxis and critical pedagogies? What histories, traditions, and alliances should shape our tactics?
Renowned critical pedagogue and prolific theorist https://www.gc.cuny.edu/people/ira-shor (Ira Shor), Professor Emeritus at CUNY Graduate Center, joins us to discuss these questions--and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Nothing Never Happens.
Ira Shor has produced several foundational works in the practice of critical pedagogy. Some of his books include Culture Wars, Critical Education and Everyday Life, Empowering Education, When Students Have Power, and, with Paulo Freire, A Pedagogy for Liberation. Ira has supported this podcast since he agreed to be our first-ever guest back in March 2017.
Music by Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Paul Myhrie, Aliyah Harris, and Akrasis (aka Mark McKee + Max Bowen).
Logo design by Emily Vinick.
Co-hosted and co-produced by Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether.
Liberatory Methods: On Teaching from the Knowledge in the Room
What does it look like for pedagogy to begin with the stories, hopes, and critiques that are already present in the classroom? How has this approach to education been practiced in movements for social transformation? What are its demands on teachers and learners?
In our January 2022 episode, teacher and author Stephen Preskill joins us to talk these questions and much more. Topics include balancing discrete political paradigms with democratic methods, the difference between integrative democratic practices and one-off pedagogical "tricks," and Preskill's new book Teaching in Black and White: Myles Horton and the Highlander Center's Vision for Social Justice.
Dreaming New Dreams: Pedagogies of Mind and Heart
What are the implicit "agreements" structuring our teaching and learning practices? How might we create new agreements for educational justice and collective healing? Professor Emerita Laura Rendón talks college access, contemplative teaching, and practices for survival and connection in our December 2021 episode.
Music credit: "Water's Edge" by Aliyah Harris
Photo credit: @jrkorpa at Unsplash
Land Grab U: Colonial Debts of the Settler University
How is public higher education implicated with settler colonial dispossession and genocide? What are methods to visualize, teach, and encourage continual investigation and intervention into these continually unfolding histories? Project team leaders behind Polk Prize-winning https://www.landgrabu.org/ (Land Grab University) research project and database join us to talk these questions and more in our November 2021 episode of Nothing Never Happens.
Speakers: Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), Margaret Pearce (Citizen Band Potowatomi), Bobby Lee.
Hosts: Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether
a gem of teaching podcasts
This podcast is invaluable for educators looking to grow in the field of radical pedagogy and to build their social justice knowledge. It covers a range of issues in education (for example, grading, labor unions, theater pedagogy, abolition, environmental, writing and literacy programs) with a general focus on showing examples of teaching in democratic partnership with students and for social justice goals. I think it is special that the hosts met several years ago when one of them was a college freshman and she enrolled in a class the other host was teaching. Fast forward to now and they are both college faculty
I love Tina and Lucia!
They are a great team, and they help me think more clearly about my own teaching. I would like to go back to college to take a class with them!