19 July 2012

Emily & Sue: A Love Story in 5 Scenes and 4 Seizures :: Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schols

This week's show spans the centuries and with two very different topics, although both involve perception, comparison, and imagination! 

Emily and Sue

A Love Story in 5 Scenes and 4 Seizures
Adapted by Carolyn Gage with Merry Gangemi

Emily Dickinson and Susan Gilbert
A multi-media interpretation of the letters and poems of Emily Dickinson, restoring the wild frustration of 
her lesbian passion, as well as her volcanic rage about living with a disability that was considered unspeakable. 

At 4:15, I welcome playwright Carolyn Gage, whose latest production, Emily & Sue: A Love Story in 5 Scenes and 4 Seizures, a collaboration between Gage and myself, has been getting lots of attention and deservedly so. The one-woman play, starring Karen Ball as Emily Dickinson, explores the more than 40-year relationship between Emily and her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Dickinson, a passionate friendship that was deeply intimate and intellectually foundational to the work of America's most enigmatic and brilliant poet. Our usual cultural presentation of Emily Dickinson has been nested within heterosexual paradigms of patriarchy, and rendered Dickinson a weird, reclusive, emotionally fragile spinster. But decades of scholarship from a feminist perspective illuminates a woman of great intellect, incredibly well-read and sublimely brilliant in her use of language and imagination, with metaphors and imagery still fascinating readers and writers alike. 

Then at 5:00, I welcome Prudence l. Carter, Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociologist at Stanford University. Carter is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). 

Carter's book, Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U. S. and South African Schools, shines a light on the often invisible patterns that perpetuate educational disparity in both the United States and South Africa. Stubborn Roots reveals how racial and ethnic divides are often reinforced, even in supposedly integrated schools and even when people of good will work to eradicate them.

Carter's insights illuminates ways in which educators and schools can address these issues and pave the way for change---changes that will help assure historically disadvantaged students will have access to equitable, high-quality education.

So join us today on Woman-Stirred Radio. Click HERE to listen live.

11 July 2012

Speculative fiction writer Phair on Woman-Stirred Radio

Marguerite Mullaney visits Woman-Stirred Radio tomorrow, July 12th at 5 PM to talk about her latest speculative novel, Coward (L-book, 2012). An earlier novel, The Aethereal Sea was published in 2003 by Silver Dragon Books.

The world of Planet Earth is certainly brimming with beauty and creative fire, but it is also vicious and routinely cruel and I have wondered of late if the explosion in genre of speculative fiction is another harbinger of the coming post-human world. By speculative fiction I’m including fantasy, paranormal, and horror. As David Bowlin of ShadowKeep Magazine writes: Speculative fiction is a world that writers create, where anything can happen. It is a place beyond reality, a place that could have been, or might have been, if only the rules of the universe were altered just a bit….Speculative fiction defines the best in humanity: imagination, and the sharing of it with others” (http://www.shadowkeepzine.com).
It is true that in the genre, LGBTQ authors have diverse and loyal readers and I belive this sets up some opportunities for dialogue about gender, gender and violence, and why what is “beyond reality” in some of these novels seems to be over the top, or the production of whatever-I-can-imagine-I’ll-put-it-in-the work.

So in welcoming Marguerite Mullaney, aka, Phair, to Woman-Stirred Radio, I'd like to open up a dialogue not just about the genre, but of its message and impact on lesbians. And I’m interested in listening to why the embedded misogyny and extreme violence against women is so prominent in some speculative fiction.

So please join us tomorrow, Thursday, July 12th at 5 PM for a discussion of the work of Marguerite Mullaney writing as Phair. 

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