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Podcast: Attack on Critical Race Studies, a conversation amongst educators & scholars


Dating back to the Trump administration, where we saw a 1776 Commission Report that was designed to offer a framework for a “patriotic education” to counter “false and fashionable” histories, and an “equity gag order,” (Executive Order 13950) which forbade so-called “race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating,” the last several months, including during the Biden/Harris administration has seen an intensification of well-funded, orchestrated campaigns by conservative legislator and right-wing groups across the U.S. against critical race theory, intersectionality, and other forms of racial and gender justice efforts in a range of sectors, including education. To provide our viewers some insights on this issue I’m pleased to have Dr. Leigh Patel, Dr, David Stovall and educator Ismael Jiménez on encuentros políticos/political encounters.

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*This is a rough cut version of an upcoming episode of encuentros políticos/political encounters podcast.

Radio: Supporting College Student Mental Health, a conversation with sociologist, Dr. Shirley Leyro 5.24.20 – 5p est

Mental health and wellbeing challenges among college students are much more common that is often discussed in the media. Generally, about 20 percent of students – both undergraduate and graduate – report being diagnosed with anxiety or depression (National College Health Assessment 2017), and the Covid19 pandemic brings this situation into even greater relief. I’m joined by sociologist, Dr. Shirley Leyro to discuss college student mental health, her research on immigrant communities, and to help us think about strategies to support student mental health and wellbeing

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Sunday, May 24 at 5p (EST)

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What is Trauma-Informed Critical Pedagogy? — Cities of Peace


Born in the Bronx, Shirley Leyro, or Dr Shirlo, was raised in the Castle Hill Projects. She earned her PhD and is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY. A critical criminologist, Dr. Leyro’s research focuses on deportation effects – including the impact of fear resulting from the vulnerability to deportation. Her research interests include immigration, deportation, social disorganization, and the impact of all the above on mental health. Professor Leyro is currently working on a research project exploring the impact of deportability on belonging and membership of CUNY noncitizen students. She has a blog: The Académica: A Blog About This Latinx’s Struggles as I Navigate the Halls of the Ivory Tower, and is also a member of the Leadership Team for the Latina Researchers Network. Dr. Leyro is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and is also part of the social media campaign: #thisiswhataprofessorlookslike. She is co-editor of “Outside Justice: Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice.”

Radio: Ofrendas and The Beautiful (Un)Ordinary, art in South Philly

In this week’s episode of Encuentros Politicos/Political Encounters, I highlight two art projects in South Philly

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Community altars, a conversation with the creators of La Ofrenda

Earlier in September, renowned artist César Viveros, opened his installation La Ofrenda, in the 9th Street commercial corridor in South Philadelphia.Across diverse communities and throughout the world, altars have been spaces for veneration and introspection. They are structures that assist individuals and communities during moments of celebration as well as during times of need or despair. The Philadelphia Folklore Project’s La Ofrenda initiative captures stories of hope, resilience, faith, fear and strength that are pillars of home altar-making practices within Mexican immigrant communities in our city. César Viveros has collected the stories behind the altars of local community members as a way to preserve and celebrate a sense of belonging.

To further discuss the art installation I am pleased to be joined via phone by Cesar Viveros,  Jose Ortiz-Pagan, Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe, Sinta Penyami Storms

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Location: 1135 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Open Houses
Thursday, September 12, 19 and 26 – 5:00-7:00 pm.

Special Presentation by national award-winning California altaristas Ofelia and Rosanna Esparza
Saturday, September 28 – 5:00-7:00 pm. (Limited seating. More details to come.)

For Full Details: Visit the Philadelphia Folklore Project website:; or contact the office for more information: 215.726.1106.

Major support for this program comes from the William Penn Foundation, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and individual Philadelphia Folklore Project members.


Sinta Penyami Storms

the beautiful (un)ordinary, a conversation with photographer Jose Mazariegos

In August, photographer Jose Mazariegos opened his first photo exhibit, the beautiful (un)ordinary: street portraiture of the people. To talk about the exhibit and his art I’m please to have Jose as a guest.


Animator, Photographer, Videographer and amazing Husband and Father, Jose Mazariegos, hails from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala via Trenton, New Jersey and currently resides in Philadelphia. An alum of the Art Institute of Philadelphia he studied multi-media arts and animation and has been working professionally as an animator for the last eighteen years. He is a self-taught photographer, exhibiting a passion evident in the grace and beauty of his work, and 2019 marks his tenth year practicing the art form. A versatile artist, his subject matter, color choice and composition runs the gamut with a focus on portraits and landscapes. His favorite models include his lovely daughter, Marina Nicolasa, his cats, Mr. Cesar J. Cat, Raja and Sasha, as well as a plethora of craft beer. Never afraid to experiment he has employed a multitude of photographic techniques which are on display in today’s exhibit. Pay close attention to his use of bokeh, the “art of the blur” where the subject snaps into focus while the background fades into a dreamlike haze. His work has been featured in three juried exhibits through the Da Vinci Art Alliance, “Lens on Latin America” where he won the third place prize, “Open Lens V” and “South Philly Pretty and Gritty”, as well in various Philadelphia media outlets and peer reviewed photography blogs. His animation and motion graphic work includes the visual effects for “Resistance: The Battle For Philadelphia” and animation for artist Michelle Angela Ortiz’ art installation pieces, “Seguimos Caminando”, “Quizas Manana” and the documentary, “Las Madres de Berks”.  Those close to the photographer can attest that not only is he rarely without his camera he is also one of the best human beings on the planet. A loving and caring person, Jose is a devoted family man and a true friend to all.

Photo exhibition at South Philly Barbacoa
1140 South Ninth St. Philadelphia

Contact: Jose Mazariegos

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Radio: Youth Rising: Young people fighting for the earth

April 21, 2019

Youth Rising: young people fighting for the earth, a conversation with Sabirah Mahmud

On March 15, 2019 students across the world staged a strike in order to raise awareness around climate change. I’m delighted to have Sabirah Mahmud, the Pennsylvania State Lead for the US Climate Strike, on Encuentros Politicos to talk about their perspectives on climate change, the strike and next steps in student/youth-driven movements around climate change.

Listen to “E22 – Youth Climate Strike – Political Encounters” on Spreaker.

Picture of Sabirah Mahmud, young woman with a hijab and glassesBio: Sabirah Mahmud is a sophomore at the Academy at Palumbo. She is also the Pennsylvania State Lead for the US Climate Strike. Additionally, in her free time, she interns at the Penn Museum and Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, is the president of her school’s Muslim Student Association and enjoys playing her clarinet and oboe in her school’s orchestra as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s honor bands.

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Twitter: @SabirahMahmud

Thur (1.24.19) Being Yourself and Playing Your Way, challenging gender stereotypes thru children’s lit

This week’s Encuentros Politicos/Political Encounters:

Being Yourself and Playing Your Way, a conversation with Afsaneh Moradian about challenging gender stereotypes through children’s literature


Thursday, Jan 24 (9a), with a repeat Sunday, Jan 27 (5p) [Eastern]

Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way (Free Spirit Publishing), is a children’s book written by Afsaneh Moradian that challenges gender stereotypes through the story of Jamie, a child who encounters confusion among their peers when they want to play with a wide variety of toys. Recently a blog titled Books Beyond Binaries included Jamie is Jamie on its 2018 list of Trans Affirming books.

To discuss the book and the work of challenging gender stereotypes through children’s literature I was pleased to have the author, Afsaneh Moradian, join us on Political Encounters. It was a far ranging and powerful conversation. You don’t want to miss it!

Afsaneh Moradian is an activist, writer, educator, and doctoral candidate in education who has taught students of all ages, from preschool to graduate school. She lives in Oaxaca, Mexico and New York City.

Connect with Afsaneh Moradian:


Twitter: @writerafsaneh

Thur (1/10) 9a: Looking like a language, sounding like a race, a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Rosa on #USALAradio

On this week’s #EncuentrosPoliticos I speak with scholar/author Dr. Jonathan Rosa, about his book Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad.

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Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in the context of Latinidad. The book draws from more than twenty-four months of ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork in a Chicago public school, whose student body is more than 90% Mexican and Puerto Rican, to analyze the racialization of language and its relationship to issues of power and national identity. It focuses specifically on youth socialization to U.S. Latinidad as a contemporary site of political anxiety, raciolinguistic transformation, and urban inequity. 

Jonathan Rosa’s account studies the fashioning of Latinidad in Chicago’s highly segregated Near Northwest Side; he links public discourse concerning the rising prominence of U.S. Latinidad to the institutional management and experience of raciolinguistic identities there. Anxieties surrounding Latinx identities push administrators to transform “at risk” Mexican and Puerto Rican students into “young Latino professionals.” This institutional effort, which requires students to learn to be and, importantly, sound like themselves in highly studied ways, reveals administrators’ attempts to navigate a precarious urban terrain in a city grappling with some of the nation’s highest youth homicide, dropout, and teen pregnancy rates. Rosa explores the ingenuity of his research participants’ responses to these forms of marginalization through the contestation of political, ethnoracial, and linguistic borders. 


Jonathan Rosa (@drjonathanrosa) is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, at Stanford University. He is the author of the book Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad (2018, Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the volume Language and Social Justice in Practice(2019, Routledge). In addition to his formal scholarly research, Dr. Rosa is an ongoing participant in public intellectual projects focused on race, education, language, youth, (im)migration, and U.S. Latinxs. His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, American Anthropologist, and Language in Society, as well as media outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, CNN, and Univision.

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