For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing writer Octavia E. Butler. Historian Gerry Canavan discusses the obstacles Butler faced and her legacy on one of the most popular genres in American literature.
Finding Inspiration in Our Communities
The news typically shows us stories about the national government being stuck in a gridlock on most of the big, important issues. Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, went on a trip across America to see how change is being made at the local level and found inspirational stories and examples of community involvement solving big problems while paving the way for a better future.
Culture Crash: Looking Forward to the Films of 2018
We look ahead to the movies set to be released this year, from blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald to more serious fare like Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.
It may seem like the best way to create a business is to only include the best and the brightest. But limiting your group to any standard, even Ivy League-education, can lead to groupthink. We talk to one expert about how cognitive diversity can improve the results for a school, business, or even an entire society.
Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan and author, The Difference: How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools and societies
Synopsis: Can race be taught as a school subject, like chemistry and foreign language? And if so, what kinds of curricula are best for making students understand how different races fit into and benefit society? We talk to two researchers about the answers to these questions and take a slightly different look at race, ethnicity, religion and how they affect our perceptions of the world.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Lawrence Blum, Prof. of Philosophy, Dist. Prof. of Liberal Arts & Education, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, author of “High Schools, Race and America’s Future: What can students teach us about morality, diversity, and community.” Todd Pittinsky, Prof. in the Dept of Technology and Society, SUNY-Stony Brook, lecturer at Harvard Univ., author of “Us + Them: Tapping the positive power of difference.”
Synopsis: So much literature is written by white authors – of the past and present – that it’s not always relevant to young people of color, immigrants or those from non-western backgrounds. Our guest, an award-winning author, says it’s time to hear from different voices in literature – beginning when children just start to open books. We’ll hear how she became a writer, and get a peek inside her memoir of growing up in two worlds – written entirely in verse.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of “Brown Girl Dreaming,” a memoir written entirely in verse.