Diana Ferrus will give a performance lecture at Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library at Syracuse University. The lecture is at 5pm and is free and open to the public. See you there!
Our Past DK Speaker Update series highlights the most recent and upcoming works of speakers DK has hosted in the past. Lisa Hall came to Syracuse University on March 2, 2011 to give her talk “‘Somebody Forgot to Tell Somebody Something’ – Women of Color and Queer of Color Cultural Production in the 80s and 90s.” She sent this update with this photo of her and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO, Dr. Kamana’opono Crabbe at the First Annual Pacific Islander Anti-Violence Conference.
I was very grateful to have been a part of the April 2014 documentary filmmaking workshop sponsored by DK with the fabulous HQ and Crystal Griffith – I really look forward to seeing the projects that will come out of this, and especially Chandra Mohanty and Linda Carty’s documentary on transnational feminist practices. I don’t know where I will go with what I gained but am honored to have received it in the company of academic staff, students and professors working and learning together in wonderful ways.
I have just finished writing a chapter for an anthology themed around Hawaiians using mo’okuauhau (genealogy) as a critical methodology. My contribution reflects on the connections between mo’okuauhau, mo’olelo (storytelling) and kuleana (responsibility/authority) and ends with insights shared by the late writer, activist and filmmaker Toni Cade Bambara that I think we should all revisit. I am currently working on an essay that I hope will be published in the upcoming American Quarterly special issue on the Pacific that provides a historical background for and critique of Asian American and other non-Pacific Islanders’ use of the categories “Asian/Pacific Islander””API”, “APA,” etc, and the detrimental effects of them for Pacific Islanders in the US. I gave a keynote on anti-LGBT violence for the First Annual Pacific Islander Anti-Violence Conference sponsored by the Peninsula Violence Prevention Center in San Mateo this June and happily received a warm and engaged reception from all, including church ladies and cops.
Anya Stanger is a PhD candidate in Social Science at Syracuse University. From a transnational feminist framework, she studies prisoners of conscience in the US, people who go to jail for six months or more as a result of nonviolently resisting nuclear weapons, US imperialism, and war. She lives in Northern California.
She has written an article entitled “Nonviolence as a Way of Knowing in the Public School Classroom” (2007) and co-authored “Epistemic Friendships: Collective Knowledge Making Through Learning Transnational Feminist Praxis,”(forthcoming), and “Better, Faster, Cheaper? Using ADR to Resolve Federal Sector EEO Complaints” (2012, with Tina Nabatchi).
DK: This documentary filmmaking workshop was offered through Democratizing Knowledge. Why did you decide to participate in this particular workshop? What did you hope to gain from it?
AS: I wanted to participate in this workshop because I wanted to gain new ways to tell important stories. New tools, new perspectives, new ideas, new modes of communication – fresh ideas to keep me moving forward in exciting ways. I was also curious to learn a new skill, something completely out of my realm of expertise.
DK: What were the most useful skills you acquired? Any newfound insights, perspectives, or inspirations?
AS: I thought a lot about the power of the storyteller, during the course of the workshop. The ways we can shape, manipulate, and subtly alter what and how we tell to reflect the messages and biases we are most keen on. As a feminist storyteller, awareness of this power is primary: knowing that we have the power is the first step to more honest storytelling. But practically and thoroughly understanding how to account for oneself in what we relay is complicated business indeed– and this workshop opened new ways for me to understand and implement more just and fair methods. I really, really appreciate this.
DK: Tell us about your favorite part of the workshop. It could be a presentation, a situation, or a conversation.
AS: Working for two solid days with this fabulous group of women! What an honor and joy to learn and laugh and think with such folks! And learning something new together– we who are so precisely trained in very specific areas of expertise, to start at the beginning of something new together was a wonderful experience. And the teachers were amazing. That cannot be underemphasized.
DK: What made this workshop different from other workshops put on by other organizations?
AS: The caliber of the trainers, the caliber of the participants, the commitment to telling important stories accurately and well, the commitment to equality among people usually kept separate: graduate students, junior faculty, senior faculty, superstar faculty. For two days, we were all just learning together.
DK: Would you sign up for another DK Workshop? If so, why?
AS: Of course! Because whatever DK offers, it is sure to be inspired by social justice ideals that will further my theoretical and political commitments and knowledges. I consider it a tremendous privilege to be ABLE to participate in anything DK offers, and given the opportunity and ability, I would never say no.