Nothing Never Happens

Nothing Never Happens

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.

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July 7, 2021 67 min
What happens when Theater of the Oppressed meets the prison industrial complex? Wende Ballew, Executive Director of Reforming Arts, shares their work to bring arts-centered liberal education to women who must make their lives in and through contexts of state carceral control. We discuss how Wende came to this work, institutional tightropes they walk, and what intentional space for creativity and critique can make possible (hint: a ...
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  Our June 2021 episode features two accomplished leaders in the movement to decolonize higher education. Graduates Leah Trotman and Catherine Morkel share their work to establish a more anti-racist, decolonial liberal arts curriculum at Agnes Scott College,. We analyze institutional responses to student leaders who demand that institutions make good on their surface commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. https://nothi...
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Our April 2021 guest is https://www.marquette.edu/english/directory/jodi-melamed.php (Jodi Melamed), Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Marquette University. We spill tea on gestures of liberation that are not liberative, institutional multiculturalisms, and practices of anti-racist pedagogy. About our guest: Jodi Melamed is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Marquette University....
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This month we welcomehttp://www.feliciarosechavez.com/ ( Prof. Felicia Rose Chavez), award-winning educator and author of Thttps://www.antiracistworkshop.com/ (he Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom). We dig into the history of writing programs, a vision of decolonized writing classrooms, intersections of activism and teaching, specific pedagogical strategies, and more. https://nothingneverhappe...
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Our February 2021 episode features Theresa Ronquillio and Tikka Sears, who joined us for a conversation about using Theater of the Oppressed across pedagogical medium. They offer insights on fostering embodied practice, social change, and community building in virtual spaces. https://nothingneverhappens.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/15-01-2021-NNH.mp3 (https://nothingneverhappens.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/15-01-2021-NNH.mp3...
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We are ringing in 2021 in style with a podcast featuring http://elenischirmer.com (Eleni Schirmer), a scholar of labor, social movements, and the political economy of education.  We talk about the debt crisis in higher education as it affects not only students but institutions; the history of teacher unions; how to bring democratic practices from the street and the organizing committee to everyday classroom pedagogy. https://nothi...
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The post https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/dismantling-oppression-a-conversation-with-maha-bali-part-2/ (Dismantling Oppression: A Conversation with Maha Bali, Part 2) appeared first on https://nothingneverhappens.org (Nothing Never Happens).
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Our December 2020 podcast features https://www.aucegypt.edu/fac/mahabali (Professor Maha Bali)https://blog.mahabali.me/ (,) Associate Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Part 1: On Nurturing Student Agency Part 2: On Dismantling Oppression https://nothingneverhappens.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-15-at-10.50.05-AM.png () Dr. Bali is the author of many articles and ...
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Our November 2020 podcast features Dr. Jan Willis, acclaimed teacher of religion and author of the lauded memoir https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Dreaming-Me/Jan-Willis/9780861715480 (Dreaming Me: An African American Buddhist Journe)y. We talk to her about how engaged Buddhism shapes her pedagogy, the models of teaching that have influenced her, what transformative responses to racist violence look like, and much more. ht...
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Our October 2020 podcast features fearless and visionary co-directors of https://projectsouth.org/ (Project South), https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/ (Emery Wright and Steph Guillod). Founded in 1986 as the Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide and based in Atlanta, GA, Project South is firmly rooted in the dynamism and creativity of the Black freedom tradition. It is a center for political education, grassroots...
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The post https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/trust-the-students-critical-pedagogy-for-hybrid-teaching-act-2/ (Trust the Students: Critical Pedagogy for Hybrid Teaching, Act 2.) appeared first on https://nothingneverhappens.org (Nothing Never Happens).
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Our September podcast features Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris, whose voices in the field of hybrid and digital pedagogy have been beyond clutch for many of us thrown into this field by the pandemic context. In Act 1, we talk to Jesse and Sean about how they came to the work of critical pedagogy, … https://nothingneverhappens.org/critical-pedagogy/no-tricks-critical-pedagogy-for-hybrid-teaching/ (Continue reading "No Tr...
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In Act 1 we talk to teacher-organizers Martha Baumgarten and Renee Ridolfi about their pathway to becoming teachers and how they ended up at Acero Charter Schools in Chicago. Commenting on the broad problems with charters and with the broader privatization of education, they reflect on what they have learned about practices of anti-racist solidarity … https://nothingneverhappens.org/anti-racist/empowerment-for-what-a-conversation...
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Our July 2020 features the UC Santa Cruz wildcat strikers, who are fighting for a cost of living adjustment (#COLA), and for higher education that is premised not on wealth-hoarding and austerity, but on critical praxis toward transformative justice. The post https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/cola-now-grad-workers-for-labor-justice/ (#COLA Now: A Conversation with UCSC Wildcat Strikers) appeared first on https://nothi...
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We delve deeper into the status of critical pedagogy in hybrid and online teaching. The transition to remote modalities raises many issues: surveillance of students and teachers, the reproduction of capital for private tech corporations, issues of course adaptation, and the accessibility of online formats. What does a concept like “radical hope” actually mean in … https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/stories-for-better-f...
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Tina and Lucia talk to Kevin Gannon in June 2020, on the heels of a spring term in which we saw a mass pandemic-fueled shift to online teaching. Kevin describes the experiences and histories that led him to the field of critical pedagogy and introduces his hot-off-the-press book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto. He talks us … https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/hope-in-pandemic-times-a-conversation-with-kevin-gannon-a...
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For our April podcast, Lucia and Tina interview Wayne Yang of UC San Diego. Prof. Yang writes in A Third University is Possible, “To be very clear, I am not advocating for rescuing the university from its own neoliberal desires but rather for assembling decolonizing machines, to plug the university into decolonizing assemblages.” In Act 1, we … https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/a-third-university-is-always-happening-a...
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The University of California San Diego is on Kumeyaay land. The chancellor’s house is on an indigenous burial ground. How do universities move beyond guilt and toward a rematriation of the land? How do we teach, and train teachers, in these places with such violent history? How do we live and teach sustainably on this … https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/a-third-university-is-always-happening-a-conversation-with-k-wayn...
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Prof. Shirley Steinberg speaks with us amid a global pandemic. For some of us, this pandemic has exposed what we already new about neoliberal higher education: the proliferation of the banking model of education, top-down power relations, undemocratic classrooms and departments, etc. In her work in critical pedagogy, Steinberg has long been challenging and resisting the … https://nothingneverhappens.org/uncategorized/reading-the-...
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In Act 2 of our April podcast, Shirley Steinberg talks further about the Freirean foundations of her education theory and practice. She calls on teachers and students to live out righteous indignation in our educational systems and how to create resistance and change. “We have to be in stealth,” says Steinberg, and shed light on how … https://nothingneverhappens.org/critical-pedagogy/shirley-steinberg-act-2-reading-the-word-and-t...
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