Common Ground

Into the Stratosphere with Dr. Bishop and Friends: Episode I

Featuring Regina Anderson, Gwendolyn Baxley, Damaris Dunn, Carolyn Eanes, Nicole Hamilton, Ioanna Opidee, Tamsen Wojtanowski, and Nassim Zerriffi

 

12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific

Join Dr. Elizabeth Bishop and friends for the first conversation in a new series that brings together various educators and activists into the rhizomatic orbit of solidarity, knowledge building, and critical love. We conclude with a poetry reading from Adam Falkner.

Expedition 22 Crew, Courtesy of NASA
Expedition 22 Crew, Courtesy of NASA

In this talk

Regina Anderson

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Toby Kamps is former director of Blaffer Museum of Art, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection. He is now the director of external projects at White Cube Gallery and is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

Gwendolyn Baxley

Gwendolyn Baxley
Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo, Gwendolyn Baxley, PhD focuses on critical qualitative and quantitative methodologies, exploring educational spaces in which Black youth and families survive, thrive, and navigate, and the role of race and AntiBlackness within these contexts. Her research investigates how school and community leaders cultivate nurturing, affirming spaces for Black youth as well as the structures, practices, and ideologies that facilitate or hinder the development of such spaces.

Damaris Dunn

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Native New Yorker and educator, Damaris Dunn is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Georgia’s Mary Frances Early College of Education. Her research interests are educational equity and Black girl joy.

Carolyn Eanes

Carolyn Eanes
An educator, writer, activist, and organizer, Carolyn Eanes teaches English at a high school in Brooklyn, NY.

Nicole Hamilton

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is a radical educator, trainer, curriculum designer, youth worker, circle keeper, and community builder currently working for Girls for Gender Equity as the Director of Community Partnerships.

Ioanna Opidee

Ioanna Opidee
A high school English teacher and author of the novel Waking Slow, Ioanna Opidee lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her family.

Tamsen Wojtanowski

Tamsen Wojtanowski
An artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tamsen Wojtanowski explores the materiality of the photographic medium. Interested in where the medium of photography might overlap with painting, printmaking and installation, the resulting work oscillates between the abstract and the representational.

Nassim Zerriffi

Nassim Zerriffi
Having 15 years of experience as an activist/educator, Nassim Zerriffi regularly leads workshops for teachers on different aspects of social justice education. He teaches history and facilitates the 7th and 8th grade activism campaigns at Manhattan Country School.

Elizabeth Bishop

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Writer, researcher, professor, youth advocate, Nietzschean, and surf monk, Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is the author of two books, Becoming Activist (2015) and Embodying Theory (2018). She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Messy.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Adam Falkner reading.

Adam Falkner

Adam Falkner
Zack Pieper’s work spans poetry, sound, song, radio art, and performance. He creates large mosaics of small ghosts drawn on hundreds of post-it notes, in shop-front windows & other spaces. “SAME HERE”, selections from a decade of poems, was recently released from Adjunct Press.