The Galactic Cow: Conversations about teaching, the Universe, and everything

The Galactic Cow: Conversations about teaching, the Universe, and everything

Have you ever imagined what role teaching and learning could play in the evolution of our species? Or how teaching and learning might change as we change, or reflect changes we need to make? If these questions resonate with you, or make you curious or excited, we want you to start conversations where you are too! In Season 1, we're going to explore how teaching, learning, and education might transform to reflect our changing needs as humans, and how we exist together.


May 24, 2024 10 mins

In Fall 2023, I gave a talk at the second annual Higher Ed in Prison conference organized by the Tennessee Board of Regents, as part of their work with the Tenneesee Higher Education in Prison Initiative.  This was the first keynote I gave outside of the Pacific Northwest region and I thoroughly appreciate the experience.  

I am learning that each time I am asked to stretch into something new or unfamiliar, my work gets stronger.  ...

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Welcome to Episode 8, the final epsiode of Season 1!  Our hope this season has been to start a different conversation about what learning and teaching might be, and we think that is happening.  But as often as we say we don't have any 'final' answers, we also want to know how practitioners apply these ideas to how they already teach, or bring them in as fresh perspectives. 

This episode features our interview with Omar Marquez, a s...

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July 18, 2023 42 mins

Of all of the topics we considered for this first season, grief was not one of them.  It didn't become a contender until a few days before we started prepping the episode.  The Abolition X pod had been in the back of my mind all season and it would not go away, so I asked ambar if we could talk about grief, instead of the topic we had on deck.  We started researching and writing, and the episode just...took us over.

Grief in educat...

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June 29, 2023 28 mins

Are you feeling alone and isolated at the front of your classroom?  Disconnected from your students, your colleagues, maybe even yourself?  

Teaching has become a pretty isolated place and connecting with students feels more and more difficult.  But what if we could have a practi...

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June 14, 2023 37 mins

We are finally dropping an episode about the thing no one wants to talk about - boundaries in teaching

If you are like me, boundaries are confusing enough in my personal life, let alone in the classroom, and there is almost ZERO info on setting boundaries in higher ed (or really any classrooms)!  As teachers, we are constantly being bombarded by demands to set better boundaries or to not be so rigid, and it can bring up issues of...

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May 23, 2023 58 mins

Are you tired of being a brain in a jar?  A content dispensary?  Do you long for a different way to teach and learn, one that welcomes and embraces you and your students in all your full, radiant humanit...

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May 3, 2023 35 mins

Welcome to our first relisten pod!  We're not quite exaggerating when we say we kind of started this podcast so we could relisten to some of our favorite and most influential thinkers, dreamers, and visionaries, and adrienne maree brown was always going to be first ♥  In this episode, we discuss two of her interviews and how her work applies to transforming teaching and learning.  Join us and explore your own vision for a new way t...

April 18, 2023 22 mins

This is our second episode talking about language and the last before we start our podcast relisten series.  This week, we're discussing ability to learn, change/transformation, and practice, connecting all of these our hope for creating a new vision of teaching and learning.  We know part of that work is a different way to relate to education, and that can’t happen without a reshaping of how we vision, define, and embody teaching ...

April 4, 2023 18 mins

Welcome to our first full episode!  For this ep, our guiding questions are "How are we defining ‘teaching & learning’? How are they different from (organized) education?"  In this episode, we're discussing how we define organized education, teaching, learning, and emerging consciousness.  Talking about new ideas means new language, or old language used in new ways!  If you like what you hear, make sure to Like, Subscribe, and Share...

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March 20, 2023 6 mins

we recorded this mini-episode to answer the question "why are we here?" but only for the podcast, not to cause an existential crisis!  we liked the idea of introducing ourselves separately, so here we are - it was just that simple.  emareena and ambar are both adult educators and are interested in how teaching and learning need to grow and expand, just as humanity needs to grow and evolve. 


we started our work together as part of...

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