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220 – Eric Morago, Nan Cohen, and Victoria Chang with Michael Gravagno

Creative + Cultural

Release Date: 07/12/2018

246 - Grace Talusan with Trevor Allred show art 246 - Grace Talusan with Trevor Allred

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Today the Creative + Cultural Podcast connects with Grace Talusan in collaboration with UCI and the Illuminations initiative. Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. The...

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245 - Jennifer Charlene, Briana King, Hilary Shanks and Victoria Taylor with Robert Brink show art 245 - Jennifer Charlene, Briana King, Hilary Shanks and Victoria Taylor with Robert Brink

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A special live podcast featuring four of skateboarding’s brightest trailblazers: Jennifer Charlene, Briana King, Hilary Shanks and Victoria Taylor—four young women who are the essence of skateboarding’s DIY ethos, redefining what it means to be a skateboarder, and changing the landscape for future generations of women in skateboarding. Moderated by Robert Brink. This episode was recorded live on February 16 at the 1888 Center located in the Historic District of Old Towne Orange, CA. While growing up in Southern California, Jennifer Charlene trained in ballet & modern dance. In middle...

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244 - Sam Mihara show art 244 - Sam Mihara

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Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American (Nisei) born and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government forced Sam, age 9, and his family to move to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming camp. After the war ended, the family returned home to San Francisco. Sam attended UC Berkeley undergraduate and UCLA graduate schools, where he earned engineering degrees. He became a rocket scientist and joined the Boeing Company where he became an executive on space programs. Following retirement, Sam changed careers and is now a regular visiting lecturer at the...

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243 - Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa and Patti Hirahara show art 243 - Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa and Patti Hirahara

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Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research interests focus on issues of representation in film, mass media, art, performance, and cultural display. She is a founding member of the curatorial collective Ethnographic Terminalia. Her dissertation Visualizing Japanese-America: the Japanese American National Museum and the Construction of Identity examined the role of the Japanese American National Museum in the construction and dissemination of a Japanese-American identity. She is currently president of the Society for Visual...

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242 - Dr. Kristine Dennehy and Dr. Ester E. Hernández show art 242 - Dr. Kristine Dennehy and Dr. Ester E. Hernández

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Dr. Kristine Dennehy is a history professor at California State University Fullerton, with a specialization in Japanese and Korean history. A Connecticut native, Dr. Dennehy majored in Japanese language at Georgetown University, completed her M.A. in Asian Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, and received her Ph.D. in history at UCLA (2002) with a dissertation entitled “Memories of Colonial Korea in Postwar Japan.” In 2008-09, Dr. Dennehy served Historical Adviser for an oral history project interviewing over 80 Japanese-American veterans who had served in the Military Intelligence...

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241 - Mary Adams Urashima show art 241 - Mary Adams Urashima

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Mary Adams Urashima is a historian, former journalist and freelance writer, with thirty years in media, governmental and public affairs, and author of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach (History Press). She chairs the grassroots preservation effort to save the Furuta Gold Fish Farm and Wintersburg Japanese Mission property in Huntington Beach, known as Historic Wintersburg. Mary identified and named the historic property, which was designated one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014 and one of America’s National Treasures in 2015. Mary has been researching and...

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240 - Luis Gómez and LGBT Center OC show art 240 - Luis Gómez and LGBT Center OC

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Luis Gómez moved to the United States at the age of 14 from Veracruz, Mexico and currently works at the LGBT Center OC as the Immigration Resources Specialist. He joined the Center’s team in 2015 after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. A beneficiary of the California Dream Act and DACA, Luis provides immigration resources to local LGBTQ individuals and fosters increased awareness and understanding about the intersectionalities of the immigrant and LGBTQ communities. 

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239 - Jennifer Anaya And Mark Essayian show art 239 - Jennifer Anaya And Mark Essayian

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A live recording of our educational podcast The Grammar of Science and Technology with Jennifer Anaya and Mark Essayian. Jennifer Anaya serves as vice president of marketing for Ingram Micro, where she is responsible for the strategic direction of marketing for the Americas, as well as leadership of Agency Ingram Micro. This year she was also appointed to serve as the global Executive Champion for Ingram Micro’s Trust X Alliance partner community. With nearly two decades of marketing experience, Jennifer has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in the IT Channel” by...

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238 - Francesca Lia Block show art 238 - Francesca Lia Block

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A live recording of the 1888 Center Podcast with Francesca Lia Block and guest host, Samantha Dunn. Francesca Lia Block is the Lifetime Achievement Award winning author of over thirty acclaimed and widely translated books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She has also written a screenplay for Fox Searchlight and contributed essays, interviews and reviews to many publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Nylon and Spin. Francesca teaches at Antioch University, Los Angeles and UCLA Extension. Samantha Dunn is an editor at Coast...

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237 - Pico Iyer show art 237 - Pico Iyer

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A live recording of our educational podcast The Purpose of Past Tense with Pico Iyer. This program is themed on The Art of Stillness. Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and ten works of non-fiction, on subjects ranging from the Cuban Revolution to Islamic mysticism, from stillness to travel, and from forgotten nations of the world to the 21st century global order. An essayist for Time since 1986, he is a constant contributor to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s and more than 200 other newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has published...

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Back in February, Mike sat down with poets Eric Morago, Nan Cohen, and Victoria Chang to discuss how becoming a publisher can affect one’s writing, the influence of history and religion, and intense poetry projects, plus a whole lot more! Eric Morago is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. Currently he hosts a monthly reading series, teaches writing workshops, and serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of Moontide Press. Eric is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press) and Feasting on Sky (Paper Plane Pilots). He has an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and lives in Los Angeles, California. Nan Cohen, the longtime poetry director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, is the author of two poetry collections, Rope Bridge (2005) and Unfinished City (2017).  Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetry International, The New Republicand Slate.  The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Viewpoint School and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Changwas published in 2017 by Copper Canyon Press.  The Boss (McSweeney’s) won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award.  Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle.  Her poems have been published in places such as Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, The Nation, etc.  She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.  Her picture book, Is Mommy? (Simon & Schuster), illustrated by Marla Frazee was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and her weiner dogs, Mustard and Ketchup and teaches within Antioch University’s MFA Program.  She also serves on the National Book Critics Circle Board. Writers’ Block Live! is recorded at the 1888 Center in Orange, California.  
  1888 Center programs are recorded and archived as a free educational resource on our website or with your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify. Each interdisciplinary episode is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology. Produced in partnership with Brew Sessions. Producer and Host: Mike Gravagno Producer: Jon-Barrett Ingels and Kevin Staniec Manager: Sarah Becker Guests: Doug Dechow and Jason Morphew Audio: Brew Sessions Live