What would happen if children from conflicting regions of the world reconciled their differences through music? Maheen Zia and her co-producer grappled with this question as they followed the transformation of 4 girls as they studied music along with an independent musician.
April 23rd, 2016
March 21st, 2016
Katie Cantrell, the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Executive Director, was inspired by the book Eating Animals to do something about the factory farming epidemic. She put together a power point presentation and began sharing her message with anyone who would listen. Today, she has a successful coalition that is built around the model of meeting people where they are--figuratively and allowing them to make bite-sized changes that align with their belief system.
March 21st, 2016
Patricia McGregor is a writer and play director based in Harlem, New York. I spoke with her during the Berkeley tour of The House that Will Not Stand, she shared her thoughts on theater as an intimate form of activism and called on people from all groups to stand in alliance with one another.
March 19th, 2016
In 2008, Catalina Torres, who had been a survivor of domestic violence and a longtime advocate and activist engaged in the movement to end domestic violence, was killed by the estranged husband of another woman who was dealing with domestic violence. Catalina's cousin recalls her story and shares the lessons he learned from losing his cousin in this tragic way.
Today, women in the United States are more likely to be killed by their intimate partner than in any other way. An average of 3 women per day are killed in this way. Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten by her partner.
If you see or suspect something, gently voice your concerns and offer to be there for the person when/if she/he needs someone to talk to or someone to assist with getting help.
March 16th, 2016
Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Founder of #FergusonSyllabus, offered the keynote address at the 2016 Wo/men's Conference at Saint Mary's College. Listen in for some of her insight!
February 12th, 2016
It is the start of Valentine's Day weekend! It's a time when many of us think about love. It's also the time for the global movement VDAY: Stop the Violence Against Women asks us to think about obstacles that stop us from receiving and sharing the love that we deserve. One in three women experience dating/domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetimes and one in ten men experience those issues.
Start your weekend by attending SMC's VDAY hybrid production of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" and original student pieces touching on issues ranging from the impact violence has on women of color to how to navigate the world without sight. Don't miss this. It is at 3pm and 8pm in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College of California!
December 1st, 2015
In December as the holidays are upon us, it's a time of mixed realities and emotions. For some it's a time when our hearts warm up with happiness as we prepare for time with family and loved ones. For others, who may be estranged from families and homes, it represents a time of struggle. For people, like Lauren, who is featured in this podcast, who had to deal with homelessness and an HIV diagnosis (and is still thriving decades later), it's a time of gratitude. December 1 is World AIDS Day. Take a moment to honor the people in the world who are struggling with HIV or AIDS, educate yourself and have compassion.
December 1st, 2015
Protestors across the country continue to raise awareness about the war against persons of color as more and more stories come to light about people of color being shot by police officers. From Oakland to Chicago to Minneapolis, diverse groups of people are raising awareness about the BlackLivesMatter movement while demanding justice.
November 18th, 2015
In 2009, I interviewed Reza Aslan about his book How to Win a Cosmic War. He elequently described why religion should be taken out of the discussion of the war on terrorism and addressed the magnitude of islamophobia on national and global levels. His words ring true today...six years after his interview.
June 14th, 2015
On a Monday afternoon, while following the lead of our combined four children, my sister and I found ourselves at the local Kwik Trip. The kiddos had far more energy than either of us by this point and I was doing my best to maintain my laid-back, calm, cool and collected self as my three year old begged for rice crispy treats, juice and sunglasses and then insisted that she be the door opener and closer of the bathroom (as I changed my four-month old's diaper) and my sister waited somewhat (understandably) impatiently with her two-year old and five-year old. As I stood outside of the bathroom waiting for my daughter to open the door (this is her greatest life pleasure for some reason) smiling as I reflected on what my life has become, a flyer advertising painting classes caught my eye. The next evening, after taking our kids to a dairy farm (as my teacher-sister thought it would be important for the kids to understand where milk comes from scheduled a visit), and we peeled our children off of our legs (convincing them that grandma would take good care of them for two hours), we found ourselves sipping wine and water in the Schaefer-Miles studio. As we painted along and chatted, I became intrigued with the artist-couple's unique story and knew they were a perfect fit for my next book. In true form, I invited myself back to their studio for an interview. Here is a snippet of their intriguing story.