S04E07 | Alaska Native Narratives: Interview with Indigenous Filmmaker & Writer Kavelina Torres

Listen here. “Dead, drunk, or dancing”: Kavelina SnowGiggles Torres(Yup’ik/Iñupiaq/Athabascan) seeks to challenge the usual media representations of Indigenous peoples. PhDiva Xine Yao interviews Kavelina about her work as a writer and filmmaker selected for the Sundance NativeLab Fellowship. What can narrative do that documentaries can’t? Yugumalleq/Shades of Life (2014) is currently on exhibit at the Institute of American…

S04E05 | Othello in America: Prof Brigitte Fielder on Race, American Studies, & Academia

Listen here. Subscribe for more! Race is messy, literally and figuratively, as Professor Brigitte Fielder (Wisconsin-Madison) argues in her project on the non-linear transferability of race in nineteenth-century America. Shakespeare’s Othello in America became a minstrel play warning against the dangers of miscegenation — what does it mean with Othello’s blackface makeup begrimes Desdemona? At…