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THE SHAPE OF THINGS

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

By Didem Akpinar
Navigating through the 21st century
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ARE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS TOO WHITE?

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE U.S.
In this episode, I get together with Khalia Murray, an Atlanta-based elementary school teacher and tutor to discuss celebrating Black History Month in the U.S. As an outsider, I am curious to know how this invaluable month is incorporated into teaching in the U.S.  Khalia kindly informs me about the origins of Black History Month and historically Black colleges. She recommends wonderfully illustrated children’s books that solely focus on Black people. We also discuss the connection -or disconnection- between Black History Month and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Thanks to Khalia, I come to realize that Black History Month is more than commemorating the struggles of Black people.  Our chat was very educative for me. I hope it will be for you too.  Khalia is on Instagram @msmurrayscorner See her recommended books:  Brave Black First by Cheryl Hudson (Author), Erin K. Robinson (Illustrator)  Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Author), Kwesi Johnson  King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)  Skin Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry, Bea Jackson (Illustrator)  I’m tempted to read all! 😊  My intro&outro track in this episode is "Universe Needs You" by Sapajou https://soundcloud.com/sapajoubeats
22:43
February 20, 2021
ARE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS TOO WHITE?
For my pilot episode, I meet up with two young activists, Xoài David and Anna Clara Reynolds, who organize a grassroots movement to eradicate discrimination in International Schools. Xoài and Clara are currently college students in Europe. Having graduated from International schools, they both look back on their experience critically. In this episode, my guests touch upon the International School hierarchy that exploits vulnerable students and minority teachers. Be sure to check the testimonials shared with them. To scare away my first and only guests, I share my reservations about such movements creating equality for the cream of the crop. See my guests' comments on that. It is inspiring to see brilliant young people stirring the pot. I enjoyed our talk a lot. Hope you do too! Reach out to ODIS's Instagram Account @decolonise_int My intro music is taken from the album"...Plays Guitar" by Gillicuddy https://gillicuddy.bandcamp.com/album/plays-guitar-deluxe-edition My podcast title is inspired by Neil LaBute's play "The Shape of Things". My podcast cover art by Mike from Pexels.
37:42
December 26, 2020