Southern Wonder May 17th: Black Girlhood Celebration with Dr. Janaka Lewis

Janaka Lewis

Dr. Janaka Lewis is an Assistant Professor of English at UNC Charlotte who is teaching a course on Black Girlhood Celebration this spring. Her research statement elaborates on the kind of work this study encompasses: 

Dr. Lewis’ current research project, “Freedom to Play,” looks at narratives of girlhood in African American literature (19th through 21st centuries) and the ways play is both embraced as a tool of liberation and means of negotiating identity and used to restrict the spaces in which black girls are able to move.”

“Using authors that include Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Huton, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison, she discusses narratives of games that mimic the roles that young girls are expected to embody as adults, stories that are passed down from elders, and lessons that are taught about and through play in formal and informal educational settings. Along with scholarship about these narratives, Dr. Lewis is also planning to create a black girlhood studies reader with excerpts of literary experiences in black girlhood and to incorporate the narratives as interactive experiences for a broad audience.”

Join me on May 17th for another engaging conversation on Southern Wonder as I sit down with Dr. Lewis and two of her students, Sara Eudy and Maria Lignos, to talk LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio about Black Girlhood Celebration. We’ll dig into the ways they’ve used to explore what a celebration of Black girlhood looks like today.

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Southern Wonder May 3rd: Charlotte’s Social Challenges with the Urban Institute’s Mary Newsom

Mary NewsomFor over four decades, UNC Charlotte has been home to the Urban Institute, an applied research and community outreach center focused on social, economic, and environmental challenges facing Charlotte, North Carolina. The website sums up the Urban Institute’s role: “Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region.”

Mary Newsom is a longtime print journalist and the Urban Institute’s associate director for urban and regional affairs. Her expertise includes journalism, urban and suburban issues, and politics and government in the Charlotte region. Lately, she’s been working on the Institute’s City Walks initiative.

There will be 21 City Walks taking place in May. From the City Walks website: “Charlotte neighborhoods have stories to tell – stories many residents have never heard. Explore some of the city’s neighborhoods and hear those stories during a month of City Walks in May. You can meander through McCrorey Heights and the area near Johnson C. Smith University, learning about the Charlotte civil rights movement and the neighborhood where many of its leaders lived. Or you can hear the histories of those statues scattered along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown – whom they honor and how the statues came to be.”

On May 3rd at 6pmEST, Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will sit down with Mary Newsom to discuss the City Walks initiative as well as talk about some of the social challenges facing Charlotte today. The Urban Institute’s work is far reaching, and we’ll learn about how the Institute uses research and community engagement to address these challenges.

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Southern Wonder Apr 19th: American Philosophy with Dr. Phillip McReynolds

Dr. Phillip McReynolds“Who dares think a nation? What is the status of philosophy in a nation founded by philosophers? What are the risks of practicing philosophy in America? Does America have a “native” philosophy?”

These are questions that Dr. Phillip McReynolds, professor of philosophy at UNCC, set out to answer with his documentary project American Philosopher. In it, he interviews prominent American philosophers about what it means to practice philosophy in America today.

This is also the subject of his most recent book, The American Philosopher:

“With interviews that are both philosophical and biographical in nature, this book will be of interest to those who specialize in pragmatism and the history of American philosophy, academics in fields such as comparative literature, history, political science, sociology, and American studies, and to anyone with an interest in “America” as an idea.”

Dr. McReynolds also produces videos on topics of philosophy for his YouTube channel, and you can follow him on Twitter @americanphil. His current work focuses on the area of post-humanism, and he’s also published material on “the philosophy of technology, philosophy and film, and other topics in a pragmatist vein.

On Wednesday, April 19th, at 6:00pm, Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will sit down with Dr. McReynolds to talk about his work conducting these interviews and the research for his book as what he’s learned about the nature of philosophy in America. Expect a conversation that will range from the founding of the country to the present and will incorporate history, culture, and philosophy.

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Southern Wonder Apr 5th: Sex and Religion with Dr. Kent Brintnall

UNCC Professor Kent Brintnall teaching in front of a blackboardIt’s generally understood that conversations of sex and religion are to be avoided in polite society. Everyone in the world comes to both of these topics with a different understanding and personal experience that can make it challenging to find commonality and easy to find points of bitter contention. Dr. Kent Brintnall, professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and director of the graduate certificate program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, has made a career studying the intersection between these two topics.

How have the world’s major religions influenced our conception of the body? What do the world’s major religious traditions have to say about desire, deviance, and eroticism? How do these views challenge or conform to commonly held ideas about how sex and religion interface with each other? Religion as a spiritual concern has often had a fraught relationship with the body. Why?

Dr. Brintnall is bringing his extensive expertise to these questions on Southern Wonder, airing LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio, April 5th at 6:00pmEST. Specifically, I am interested in how religious, erotic and aesthetic experiences and practices foster a disruption of the subject’s coherence in a way that can respond to, and perhaps prevent, various forms of cultural violence.

He’s the author of Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure and co-edited a collection of essays entitled Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion, the North American editor for Theology and Sexuality, and he’s also working on two other monographs, tentatively entitled Constraining Violence: The Tragic Politics of Queer Theory and Formalizing Desire: Mysticism, Pornography, Subjectivity. Dr. Brintnall has also written for the general public on such topics as North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and marriage equality.

Got questions? Use the Mixlr app while listening to another engaging conversation on Southern Wonder.

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