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Fall 2021 Podcast Interviews

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham: "On Labor Day, we remember the Black women who helped win labor rights" for The Washington Post

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, published an op-ed in The Washington Post about the history of Black women’s labor organizing in recognition of Labor Day. Phillips-Cunningham marks the 100th anniversary of the National Association of Wage Earners, launched by activist and educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, in "On Labor Day, we remember the Black women who helped win labor rights."

07-22-21 Jackie Hoermann-Elliott: "Running and writing: Getting your creative juices flowing" with Another Mother Runner podcast

Another Mother Runner podcast hosts Sarah and Adrienne converse with Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Woman’s University and author of Running, Thinking, Writing. The trio of writers/mother runners examine running’s power to fuel creativity; “flow” in both running and writing; what running does to change our brains; why running qualifies as a creative endeavor; and, the benefits of journaling, including the beauty of a 5-year journal.

Ashley Bender: "Legislature should pass a paid parental leave bill" for Austin American Statesman

"On April 21, 17 state treasurers from across the U.S. urged Congress to institute a paid family leave plan policy," writes Assistant Professor Ashley Bender, PhD, in an op-ed for Austin American Statesman. "Unfortunately, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was not among them. Yet now more than ever, we need Texas state officials to consider the benefits of paid family leave, broadly, and paid parental leave, more specifically."

Gretchen Busl: "What speculative fiction and possible worlds theory taught me about grief" for Tor.com

"Those novels which tell alternate histories do so knowing that the past cannot be changed, that their story is not the 'truth'—but speculative fiction is not escapism," writes Associate Professor Gretchen Busl, PhD, in an op-ed for Tor.com. "Narrative theory reminds us that counterfactual fiction is a tool for better understanding our own world, even as it seems to contradict it."

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott: "Writing to Live" for Fort Worth Weekly

"In college writing classes, it’s not uncommon to read essays interrogating psychological disorders, misogyny, racism, and the deleterious effects of homophobia that have impacted students’ lives," writes Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, PhD, in an op-ed for Fort Worth Weekly. "What is novel is the upward trending interest in writing about personal traumas brought on by the pandemic."

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham: "The long history of Black women organizing in Georgia might decide Senate control" for The Washington Post

"With Georgia narrowly supporting the Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992, there has been no shortage of well-deserved stories about Black women’s influence on the state flipping," writes Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, in an op-ed for The Washington Post. "This is not surprising. Stacey Abrams, LaTosha Brown, Errin Haines, Keisha Lance Bottoms and others have worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of African Americans and other historically marginalized people in the state are heard. Their work was instrumental in securing Joe Biden’s win and forcing a U.S. Senate runoff in the state."

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott: "Woman. Mother. Ph.D.?" for Fort Worth Weekly

"In May, I earned my doctorate from Texas Christian University. In June, a media firestorm was unleashed on the subject of women earning doctorates," writes Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, PhD, in an op-ed for Fort Worth Weekly. "Last week, British cultural historian and columnist Dr. Fern Riddell set the Twitterverse aflame with her cheeky hashtag #ImmodestWomen, seeking a conversation among British and North American professors about Western culture’s resistance to seeing female scholars as equal intellectual partners."

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott: "Documenting school rights" for Fort Worth Weekly

"At a public lecture in February at TCU, Huckaby stood in front of dozens of Fort Worthians and wove together an intricate, tapestry-like narrative of her public education research, intentionally complicated by her philosophical stances as a black feminist, a budding documentarian, and an advocate of participatory democracy," writes Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, PhD, in a profile of professor and activist Mayme Francyne Huckaby for Fort Worth Weekly.

Gretchen Busl: "Humanities research is groundbreaking, life-changing… and ignored" for The Guardian

"Most arguments for 'saving' the humanities focus on the fact that employers prize the critical thinking and communication skills that undergraduate students develop. Although that may be true, such arguments highlight the value of classroom study, not the value of research," writes Associate Professor Gretchen Busl, PhD, in an op-ed for The Guardian. "But humanities research teaches us about the world beyond the classroom, and beyond a job."

Gretchen Busl: "Is fluency the goal of language learning?" for The Hill

"Language departments are often the first cut in a budget crisis, and many universities have lowered or even eliminated foreign language requirements," writes Associate Professor Gretchen Busl, PhD, in an op-ed for The Hill. "Nonetheless, some states are working to encourage students to learn languages at the high school level."

Agatha Beins: "Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America" for Quartz

"Politicians and police departments have turned toward the body camera to improve relations between police officers and the communities they serve and to lessen violence perpetrated by—and we hope against—police officers," Associate Professor Agatha Beins, PhD, writes in an op-ed for Quartz. "But it will take more than body cameras, police dashboard cameras, and cameras installed in public places to make people feel safer. Increasing surveillance is not enough."

Agatha Beins: "Traffic patterns in this community showcase the urgency of making a safe way for cyclists to share the road" for HuffPost

"After living in New Jersey for six years, I love the slower pace of Denton and the way drivers tend to be respectful and courteous," Associate Professor Agatha Beins, PhD, writes in her HuffPost op-ed. "They pass slowly, giving a wide berth. However, when I get to work, the scene is not so nice."

Gretchen Busl: "We need female visions of the world: Try these 5" for Women's eNews

"For a month celebrating both literacy and women’s history, treat yourself to great reading from Lebanon’s Hanan al-Shaykh, Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga, Algeria’s Assia Djebar and Iran’s Azar Nafisi," writes Associate Professor Gretchen Busl, PhD, in an op-ed co-authored with Por Alison Bowen.

Claire Sahlin: "Vatican orthodoxy does not represent all American Catholics" for The Guardian

"Like other conservative religious institutions, the Roman Catholic Church not only forbids the use of contraception and seeks to outlaw access to abortion, but also denies women's right to become priests and to preach from the pulpit," Associate Dean Claire Sahlin, PhD, writes in an op-ed for The Guardian. "These restrictions, coupled with the condemnation of same-sex relationships, have naturally and rightfully led increasing numbers to abandon the church."

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