Welcome to the Antiracist Parenting Podcast™ University! We are beyond thrilled to bring to you our first Fall Seminar entitled "Becoming Fluent in Each Other’s Narratives." Please see full details and registration info below.
In Pedagogies of Crossings, postcolonial scholar Jacquie Alexander says that a key step in countering racism, sexism, colonialism and other -isms is to “become fluent in each others’ histories,” to become fluent in each other’s narratives. She goes on to say that we “have to unlearn an impulse that allows mythologies about each other to replace knowing about one another” (emphasis added). In other words, we need to unlearn the myths and lies we’ve been fed about each other and, instead, relearn each other. This re-learning is rooted in truth and honesty as we “cultivate a way of knowing” about each other that is rooted in our shared humanity. The Antiracist Parenting Podcast is thrilled to offer a Fall seminar that does just that.
“Becoming Fluent in Each Other’s Narratives” is a virtual seminar via Zoom where we unlearn the myths and lies we’ve ingested about each other and our history and relearn who we really are in an effort to build solidarity around our shared humanity and our shared goals of liberation from oppressive systems, oppressive ways of thinking, and oppressive ways of relating to each other.
The core objectives of this seminar are:
Upon completion of this seminar, you will be equipped with new skills and practices to implement in the upcoming new year to continue this life-long work on your own.
September 11, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Coming to Terms Race, Racism, and White Supremacy
September 25, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Immigration History & The Pillars of White Supremacy
October 9, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – The Consolidation of Whiteness
October 23, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Seeing through Indigenous Eyes: Why Decolonization Matters
November 13, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – The Fight for Black Liberation: Abolitionist Dreams
November 27, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Asian Americans: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority to Badass Political Activist
December 11, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Mexican Migration, Chicano Movimiento, and the Border
December 18, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Why Solidarity Matters
January 8, 2022 (2pm-3:30pm CST) – Start off the New Year with a plan! We will use this session to create a strategy and plan for continuing this work of “becoming fluent in each other’s narratives” on your own.
This seminar is for parents, caretakers, educators, and anyone who is interested in a) developing their critical thinking skills, questioning “status quo” understandings of our history and each other and b) honing their ability to connect across difference that doesn’t reproduce systems of oppression. It is for people who want to jumpstart their self-education around these issues and learn how to continue on their own this life-long endeavor of being an antiracist.
This is a semester-long seminar that runs from September 2021 - January 2022. The seminar schedule is listed above.
Plan for 2-5 hours of homework per session (which includes recorded lectures to view on your own) that will ask you to read/listen/watch, write, and reflect. There are no major assignments or projects due.
In-person sessions will be run like a seminar. They are discussion-based, as we talk through course materials, pose and answer questions, and build community.
Dr. SooJin Pate is an educator, writer, and DEI consultant dedicated to centering the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples. She received her PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, minoring in African American and African Studies and specializing in comparative approaches to race and ethnic studies. A proud alum of Howard University, SooJin received her MA in English, specializing in African American and Caribbean literatures. She’s taught courses on critical race theory, women of color feminism, African diasporic literatures, and U.S. history and culture at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area. She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press) and was named Educator of the Year (2014) and Ally of the Year (2013) by Macalester College. She’s the co-host of the Antiracist Parenting Podcast and co-editor of the anthology-in-progress Ode to George: Reflections on George Floyd’s Memorial Site at 38th & Chicago. She volunteers with MPD150 to sow seeds of abolition so that we may dream a new world into being where connection and care are at the heart of all relationships and interactions and is a proud steward of Million Artist Movement.
Our sliding fee scale* takes into account the very real and wide wealth/wage disparities along the lines of race and gender. Borrowing from Rachel Ricketts, we use an equitable fee structure that takes into account the history of economic discrimination against historically marginalized communities. We trust you to be honest in your assessment, as you identify which rate to pay.
(1) Redistributor Rate: $1,000/person
(2) Disruptor Rate: $750/person
(3) Supporter Rate: $500/person
(4) Restoration Rate (Black and Indigenous folx only): $250/person
Please pay the Redistributor Rate if 3 or more are true for you:
REGISTER AT THE REDISTRIBUTOR RATE ($1,000): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-u-becoming-fluent-in-each-others-narratives-redistributor-rate-tickets-157859302423
Please pay the Disruptor Rate if 3 or more are true are true for you:
REGISTER AT THE DISRUPTOR RATE ($750): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-u-becoming-fluent-in-each-others-narratives-disruptor-rate-tickets-157860150961
Please pay the Supporter Rate if 2 or more are true are true for you:
REGISTER AT THE SUPPORTER RATE ($500): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-u-becoming-fluent-in-each-others-narratives-supporter-rate-tickets-157860504017
The Restoration Rate (for Black & Indigenous folx only):
REGISTER AT THE RESTORATION RATE ($250): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-u-becoming-fluent-in-each-others-narratives-restoration-rate-tickets-157861081745
*If the above rates are a barrier in any way, please reach out to us.
Registrants for the seminar will be emailed a link to a Google Drive that will include all the materials needed for the course, including syllabus, readings, and recorded lectures.
Every effort will be made to minimize additional out-of-pocket expenses for course materials (e.g., providing electronic copies of readings vs. having to purchase the book or article).
For accommodation requests, please email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you - we're so excited to offer this important seminar!