articles tagged "Karma Chavez"

“Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference”

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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Host Karma Chavez interviewed commentator Yasmin Nair about her piece, “Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference.” Yasmin Nair is an academic, activist and commentator who lives in Chicago. She has contributed to various anthologies, including “Arab Studies Quarterly”, “Captive Genders: trans-embodiment and the prison-industrial complex”, and “Windy City Queer: LGBTQ dispatches from the third coast”. She argues that “In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalism, emphasizing individualized narratives about freedom over systemic critique.” She wrote in the piece, “Given the toxic recent history of the term “illegal alien” and its association with an extreme right-wing perspective on immigration, it is only natural that liberal and …. more »

World AIDS Day

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Wednesday December 5th, Karma Chavez starts her first day as a permanent host on A Public Affair with a World AIDS Day special. Her first guest was Tiona M., a film maker who is coming to the University of Wisconsin at 5 PM on the evening of December 5th. She will be showing her film about HIV/AIDS in the black community called Bumming Cigarettes at the LGBT Campus center. During the second half of the show, Karma spoke with Professor Shawnika J. Hull who is an expert on HIV/AIDS in the black community and is working on an extensive project in Milwaukee. According to the World AIDS Day website, “World AIDS Day is held on 1 …. more »

Electoral Politics

Thursday, 8 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday November 8th, Karma Chavez subbing for Allen Ruff interviewed Mike Wagner, Assistant Professor of Journalism at UW-Madison. He is an expert in electoral politics and discussed the election results from the perspective of his research.   Assistant Professor Wagner was the Project Director of the Congressional Elections Study (national survey conducted by the Center on Congress) in 2006. He was the Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2009 (Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, 2012, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). He also served as moderator for the televised debate between U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jan Ting (R) in 2006 and co-authored the book, “Political Behavior in Midterm Elections,” with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse. …. more »

American Indian Heritage Month

Thursday, 1 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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November is American Indian Heritage Month, and on this, the first day of November, Karma Chavez interviewed Julie Bacon, a very interesting scholar of indigenous peoples of the Americas and activist from Eugene, Oregon, who looks at environmental studies from an anti-racist, feminist, queer indigenous perspective. Originally from the state of Massachusetts, Julie Bacon has lived a nomadic life and traveled to all 48 continental US states. She eventually left the road to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, where she focused on photography and literature. She later earned my B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and my M.A. in English from Oregon State University. At the University of Oregon her primary areas of research …. more »

Caravan for Peace and Critical Resistance

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday August 21st, Karma Chavez subbing for Cynthia Lin interviewed poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist in Mexico Javier Sicilia about drug policy and the Caravan for Peace. Karma also spoke with Treva Ellison of the Oakland-based group Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance seeks “to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.” “A Trans-border Caravan for Peace and Justice with the Poet and Peace Leader Javier Sicilia More than 60,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico in the last few years. 10,000 people have been disappeared and over 160,000 displaced. Global Exchange and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity …. more »

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