Empowerment Starts Here
Empowerment Starts Here is a podcast that explores power, social change and disrupting the margins.
info_outline E68-The Case of BLM with Henry Leonard 09/16/2020
E68-The Case of BLM with Henry Leonard In this episode, Henry Leonard (the informant) talks about public education and black lives matter through the lens of a union worker. He shares his perspective on life as a contested experience for blacks yet a privileged experience for whites. Finally, in the close out, the host will consider white supremacy and its relatedness to the education of black minds.
info_outline Ep67- Introducing Season 6: The Case of Black Lives Matter 09/15/2020
Ep67- Introducing Season 6: The Case of Black Lives Matter This episode is the first of a season of seven where the host explores what black lives matter means to her on a personal level and then engages with others to find out what it means to them as well. To learn more about this episode and to access the show notes, please visit our webpage.
info_outline Ep54- The Case of Capital and School Choice 06/26/2019
Ep54- The Case of Capital and School Choice In this episode, the informant talks about the capital required for parents to enroll their children in charter public schools and the ways in which this requirement violates the tenets of free education. In the close out, the host adds to the conversation by talking about democratic education from the angle of property, privilege and power. Visit empowermentstartshere.net (2019 Reflections) to access the show notes.
info_outline Ep53- The Case of EduColor 05/30/2019
Ep53- The Case of EduColor In the recorded conversation, the Informant talks about public school employment for educators of color and how it differs from what their white counterparts experience. He also talks about educators of color only being allowed to teach in under-resourced schools and finally, he talks about different access points to privilege and power.
info_outline Ep52- The Case of Racism 05/01/2019
Ep52- The Case of Racism Contrary to public treatment, racism is not just about the n-word. It is also not just about blatant discrimination on the grounds of color. In this episode, the host talks about the subtleties of racism at the interpersonal level relating to legitimacy, authority and the control of resources. For a full description and the show notes, please click here.
info_outline Ep51- The Case of Black Love 04/17/2019
Ep51- The Case of Black Love In the Case of Black Love, the informants talk about happiness, love, sex, sexuality, sexual assault, black men, black women, black consciousness, R. Kelly, Judge Kavanough, polyamory and monogamy, white patriarchy, black matriarchy, and much, much more!
info_outline Ep50- The Case of Words 04/03/2019
Ep50- The Case of Words In this episode, the informant shares insight on words and the human experience those words represent. She talks about writing, publishing and the development of the mind. In the close out, the host talks about a mental function called chunking and how it is essential for experts and the highly creative mind.
info_outline Ep49- The Case of Sex 03/20/2019
Ep49- The Case of Sex In this episode, the informant and host talk about sex from a sociological perspective. Together, they interrogate ideas on sex as an act of pleasure, the right to have pleasurable sex, and the dignity of sex as related to being human. In the close out, the host explores sexual self schemas and the cognitive dissonance that occurs when new sexual schemas are understood through pre-existing paradigms.
info_outline Ep48- The Case of the Sunken Place 03/05/2019
Ep48- The Case of the Sunken Place The Sunken Place is a term/metaphor borrowed from Jordan Peele's movie, Get Out. In this episode, the host proposes four conditions that creates this condition. Instead discussing racism, as was the premise of Peel's interpretation of the Sunken Place, she explores how other conditions in the physical, social and political world also creates causes disunity with one's sense of self.
info_outline Ep47- The Case of the Critical 12/11/2018
Ep47- The Case of the Critical What actually makes someone critical (as in a champion critical theory)? This is the question that the host attempts to answer. Talking about marginalized bodies, childhood trauma, dominant wiring for intuition, and academic training for higher order processing and abstract thinking, she explains how two people can have different comfort levels with critical theory.
info_outline Ep46- The Case of Role Reversal 11/20/2018
Ep46- The Case of Role Reversal In this episode, the informant talks about three levels of power shifting: the power shift that happens at the classroom level when whiteness is de-centered in the literature read by black and brown students; at the local level when gentrification takes over black and brown communities; and at the global level when white Americans must confront their relevance (or lack thereof) in a global economy.
info_outline Ep45- The Case of White Male Privilege and Identity 11/13/2018
Ep45- The Case of White Male Privilege and Identity In this episode, four ESH returns come back to talk about a common theme they share: being white, male and privileged. In this conversation is Chris Thinnes from Ep03 (The Case of Allyship in Context); Peter Anderson from Ep09 (The Case of Gradelessness); Dr. Paul Thomas from Ep10 (The Case of Critical Literacy) and Justin Schleider from Ep24 (The Case of Learning and Moving).
info_outline Ep44- The Case of the Awkward White Feminist 11/06/2018
Ep44- The Case of the Awkward White Feminist In this episode, the informant models what it means to be unapologetic around issues relating to women. She talks boldly about birth control, about abortions as a reproductive right, about being child-free, and about her relationship with women of color and queer women. Also in this conversation, you will learn that it is quite difficult to talk about gender without talking about race.
info_outline Ep39- The Case of Judge Kavanaugh 10/02/2018
Ep39- The Case of Judge Kavanaugh Whereas other programs have discussed Judge Kavanaugh in terms of upper-case P Politics (rule of law, advice and consent, and FBI investigations), this episode explores lower-case p politics (relating to gender, race, emotions, structural power, latent power and psychological trauma).
info_outline Ep38- The Case of Giftedness 09/25/2018
Ep38- The Case of Giftedness In this episode, we spend a good chunk of time talking politically about giftedness, about the federal definition provided for gifted and talented programming, and about the ways in which capitalism and commercialism make space for some gifts while ignoring/invalidating others.
info_outline Ep36- The Case of Low-income Black Fathers 09/11/2018
Ep36- The Case of Low-income Black Fathers In this episode, the informant talks about socioeconomic conditions of fathering and challenges faced by black, low-income dads (unemployment, housing and mental health). In the closeout, the host talks about the physiological impact of children (even adult children) when neglected by a parent during childhood.
info_outline Ep35-The Case of Social Change from the Margins 09/04/2018
Ep35-The Case of Social Change from the Margins When you have multiple access points to powerlessness, the work of social change can seem impossible—even secondary to the work of survival. But nonetheless, there are those of us fighting for our wholeness, fighting for our humanness, all while trying to pursue a vision for a better tomorrow for us all. This episode talks intimately about the work social change from the margins. Please visit our webpage to access more information about this case as well as the resources mentioned in the episode.
info_outline Ep34- (Part 2) The Case of Self and the Resistance 06/16/2018
Ep34- (Part 2) The Case of Self and the Resistance In the is Episode, the host focuses on the social world as relating to the power and privilege afforded to specific cognitive functions (within Meyers Briggs personality theory). She also brings attention to the challenges that exist when certain functions are embodied by women of color.
info_outline Ep33- The Case of Self and the Resistance 05/30/2018
Ep33- The Case of Self and the Resistance The final case is being presented over two episodes allowing for an adequate representation of two related yet distinct discussions. In the first episode (Ep33), the host provides an argument for why knowing the landscape of one's internal world is essential to disrupting margins.
info_outline Ep32- The Case of Critical Race Feminism 05/22/2018
Ep32- The Case of Critical Race Feminism In this episode, the informant talks about self-love and self-care as liberatory practices. She provides a five-part construct on critical race feminism. She also talks about the bleeding nature of the subthemes within critical race theory: critical feminism, feminism, jurisprudence, and critical legal studies.
info_outline Ep30- The Case of Race and Dignity 05/08/2018
Ep30- The Case of Race and Dignity In this episode, the informant talked about dignity as a sense of mutual self-worth within the human race and race and gender as social constructs that serve to disrupt our overall sense of oneness with each other.
info_outline Ep29-The Case of Student Power 05/02/2018
Ep29-The Case of Student Power In this episode, the host talks about student power as a practice of teaching and learning. She makes a case that it is an essential element of student empowerment... specifically relating to learners who are disenfranchised from the learning process.
info_outline Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price 04/24/2018
Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price In this episode, the informant talks about what happens when your life becomes the place of protest impacting your body, your home and your reputation. In it, you will learn how she handled attacks on her character, her reputation, and her inside access to local change efforts happening in her city– all as the price paid for walking in her integrity.