Perkins Center Podcast

Perkins Center Podcast

Perkins Center for the Arts hosts multi-disciplinary arts podcasts.. The first series, Upon Our Authority presents sensational stories and intriguing interviews on women's empowerment through four periods: Suffrage (1840-1920) , Rosie the Riveter(1940-1960), The Second Wave/Civil Rights (1960-1990) and the New Millennium (2000-present). Our intrigue investigates the lives and times by exploring oral expressions and folk traditions (celebrations, family rituals, foods, social values, religion, folk songs, stories, holidays, material culture, vernacular culture, occupational culture, gatherings and more) with a particular focus on New Jersey and women of melanin endowed ethnicities. Podcast is hosted by Queen Nur, International Storyteller, and Director of the Folklife Center at Perkins Center. Guests include scholars, historians, storytellers and poets. Sponsored by New Jersey Council for the Humanities, New Jersey Council on the Arts, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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April 2, 2021 50 min

Incomparable storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston tells a riveting story of Lt. Colonel Charity Adams and the 1st Black Women's Battalion Adams lead in England and France during World War II.  Charlotte begins with a history of the need for women positions in the War and journeys us through emotional accounts of the need to deliver long overdue letters and packages for  soldiers moral.  We hear  of the systemic military bias and ...

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Professor Gregory Cooke, historian, documentarian and filmmaker tells amazing stories of Black Rosies.   Cooke shares highlights from his newly completed documentary Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II.  He celebrates the triumph over the double stigma of being black and female for 600,000 Black women, whose stories are part of American history, but have been hidden treasures. 

We hear the unforgettable storie...

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Women Rights heroine Elizabeth Cady Stanton describes her meeting with Susan B.  Anthony as "a magic spark." 

Dr. Ann Gordon,  shares a two-part intimate journey with Stanton and Anthony that includes traditions from their upbringing, political philosophies and the role of family and friendships in their advocacy for women's rights. Gordon provides a lens into the lives of these two historical giants through the art  of...

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Women Rights heroine Elizabeth Cady Stanton describes her meeting with Susan B.  Anthony as "a magic spark." 

Dr. Ann Gordon,  shares a two-part intimate journey with Stanton and Anthony that includes traditions from their upbringing, political philosophies and the role of family and friendships in their advocacy for women's rights. Gordon provides a lens into the lives of these two historical giants through the art  of...

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Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen- Herring and Eastern Region  Social Action Co-Chair, Patricia Williamson share bold stories of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s  first social action initiative when the Founders marched in Washington at the Women's Suffrage March in 1913 to the Delta Days in the Nations Capital, when the sorority sisters annually cover Capitol Hill in a sea of Delta Red.   Hear the legacy of social ju...

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Mama Linda Goss, co-founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers and 2019 NEA Heritage Fellow, shares the inspiration behind her praise poem honoring over 600 Black suffragists and sheroes.  Embark on a journey of her research and discovery, blended with  intimate stories and empowering songs.

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October 9, 2020 32 min

Poet  and Emmy Award Nominee, Professor Susanna Rich shares stories of her Hungarian grandmother's influence through the words she spoke when arriving at Ellis Island, her poetry, songs and empowering determination. Susanna continues the legacy as she passionately shares selected poems from her book, Shout: Poetry for Suffrage.

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A more intimate look at the folklife of Alice Paul, suffragist who lead the 1913 Women's March on Washington and the fight for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, through an interview with Lucy Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute at Paulsdale in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. We hear stories of Alice's Quaker values, food traditions, and personal impact on her fight for equal rights.

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September 13, 2020 7 min

Perkins Center for the Arts brings to listening audiences a variety of podcasts that explore, the role of multi-disciplinary arts, folklife and culture in advocacy, protest, healing, and change.

This initial episode introduces audiences to the reason and the season for Perkins Center podcast with a lead in philosophy on the role of artists in our society by the late great Nina Simone.

This neophyte episode highlights the first series...

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Greer Luce of the New Jersey Historical Commission shares events in New Jersey in celebration of the 19th Amendment being ratified, along with stories of two bold New Jersey suffragists 

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