One of the most difficult issues we face today is in understanding how the many social issues ravaging our communities are complexly interconnected. It’s like a thread that runs through our social world, if you tug on it in one space, it inadvertently impacts another. UM students engage in two separate conversations in this episode on figuring out how we connect and understand incredibly complex issues from food deserts, to the criminalization of substances and people. We do not claim to be the experts on any or all things, but wanted to jump into the conversation on the many issues impacting Miami and beyond. If you want to continue the conversation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Zebra fish, autism and bringing science to the community: The power of interdisciplinary scholarship
This Sunday on RadioActive we took an interesting turn! This time around on RadioActive we heard from Julia Dallman from the Biology Department and Jim Virga from the Communications School discuss their unlikely partnership and collaboration in teaching, and their work towards bringing scientific knowledge to the community. A story filled with zebra fish, autism and the development of interdisciplinary learning environments for University of Miami students it was an interesting and unique evening!
This Sunday, we were joined on air by Dr. Dina Birman, the director of the PhD program in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, and a long time advocate and Community Psychology researcher on issues of acculturation and traumatic stress for refugees. Dina took us through her understandings of culture, acculturation, who is considered a refugee in different contexts, the difference between refugees and immigrant populations, the resettlement process of refugees in America, and some of the main issues faced by refugees including traumatic stress. According to Dina, EVERYTHING is cultural, and she engaged us in an exciting dialogue about what this means and how we can and should learn more about the narratives, needs and strengths of refugee populations in our communities. A jam packed hour full of great information and resources to learn more.
In this podcast I bring you one of my most influential professors from my undergrad years: Dr Ken Montgomery. When I was his student, he continuously, and systematically challenged my understanding of the world right to my very core. On this week’s episode of RadioActive my hope was to do the same for the WVUM community. Dr. Montgomery engaged us in a dialogue about structural racism: what it is, how we are complicit in it, and what we as students and community members can do to push back. He shared with us, that by shifting our understanding of racism to the structural implications, that there is hope; A much needed hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenge.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gloria Steinem, at a University of Miami lecture. In the interview I was able to ask her to reflect on the current direction of the feminist movement. Donna Coker and Sumita Dutt, both professors from University of Miami, joined me on air to reflect on some of the ideas and themes that emerged from that interview. During the show we discussed our understanding of “post-modern feminism”, transnational feminism, the importance of understanding and addressing the intersectionality of gender oppression and how feminism is deeply engaged in debates on issues such as sex-trafficking and sex work. An hour jam packed with incredible insight from two wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable feminist scholars from UM. Enjoy!
This week on RadioActive Dr. Lenny Jason, a professor of Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, joined us on air to talk Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and patient engagement.
Lenny, engaged us in a dialogue around the recent decision for a name change for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to “Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease”, as well as the history and development of CFS as a legitimate disease. Dr. Jason shared with us the issues surrounding patient exclusion from decision making, the need for a name that makes the disease more legitimate and validating and the potential for Community Psychology to create transformative change in the structures of traditional patient engagement in decisions that impact their everyday lives.
RadioActive: Hegemony, social power & intersectionality: Holly Angelique unpacks some “five dollar words”
This week on RadioActive Dr. Holly Angelique, a professor of Community Psychology and Social Change from Penn State Harrisburg called into the studio to talk about her work.
When we talk “social change” we have many different lenses through which we can think, analyze and act. Holly outlined some of her work on social power, hegemony and other “five dollar words” to begin a dialogue on how we are thinking about the work we do for social change. We discussed how a Feminist Community Psychology lens can help to support social change work in our communities and the field of Community Psychology. We cut right to the chase and began to peel back the layers of social power we face in our work and in our communities and turned our critique onto our own work. In this episode Holly really helps us engage in a dialogue outlining ways we can understand and question the dominant cultural hegemony of academia, Community Psychology and social power in our everyday lives.
Social change and our current complex social issues require creative thinking and new and innovative ways of moving the needle towards a more just community. Susie Paterson joined us again on air to discuss how humor can be used in community organizing efforts and she made the case for humor as a valuable tool for social change efforts. Have a listen to hear about how humor can be used to make our communities a better (and perhaps more fun?) place to live.
This week on Radioactive we dropped it old school. Joining me on air was the infamous (and original host of RadioActive) Mr. Mike Matthiesen. We spent the hour in a cloud of philosophical musings around the normative (and he argued, manipulative) uses and implications of statistics in our modern world. We had a little too much fun “unpacking” the naturalization of numbers and statistics in our current political and economic institutions and debated about the relevance and ‘gospel’ like power that statistics hold. All in all some good fun from two people who like to think we are experts on everything philosophical, but know in fact we are not. Join the conversation at email@example.com!
This Sunday we were joined in Studio by members of the Miami Committee on State Violence (MCSV).
Over the past many months, issues of state violence in America have been fervently bubbling to the surface. Protests have erupted around the country and globe. Questions are now being asked about how this moment in time, and how this movement for social justice will affect our generation and the reality in which we live. Many are asking themselves – what can we/should we expect of ourselves, our communities and our larger political and state structures as we move forward. With that in mind, this week on RadioActive, we attempted to open a space for critical dialogue on the current movement for social justice. Our conversation included: What is state violence, what the MCSV is working to accomplish, the history of resistance in the US and South Florida, disruption and protest as valid forms social change, the militarization and finally the need to revive diverse forms of political engagement. Thank you to our listeners for engaging in the conversation. It is one we hope to continue in the new year.