Mary McGinley, Wendy Sheridan, and Robin Renée were happy to be back in the same room to record this week’s podcast. This episode of The Leftscape was recorded live from Chez Wendy! The main conversation begins as Mary describes an uncomfortable first day of class observation exercise she uses in which she invites students to begin telling each other’s stories before speaking to one another at all. The conversation wanders into the many possible effects of eye gazing before settling into the topic at hand: Whether we are using words or not, we are constantly broadcasting and taking in information. What can we learn about this process of prejudgment? How does stereotyping function? How much are we judged and how much do we judge based on life experience? On what we’ve been taught explicitly or by osmosis?
Nonverbal communication, though an essential tool for navigating through the world, of course has the dark side of negative assumption and outright prejudice. Wendy talks about bizarre and painful Jewish stereotypes. Robin talks about the “not black enough” syndrome.
In other news, August is National Water Quality Month, so Wendy makes a point of shining a light on the social justice and humanitarian problem of continued water issues in Flint, MI. The group also highlights National Minority Donor Day, National Coloring Book Day, the anniversary of the opening the 1936 Summer Olympics in Germany, and they have a predictable laugh about how one might celebrate National Grab Some Nuts Day on August 3rd. Mary highlights the Subversive Sirens synchronized swimmers and a shout out goes to the Gay Games happening in Paris, August 4th – 12th.
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Night and Fog (a WWII documentary with disturbing images)
Race (trailer for the 2016 movie about Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics)