Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wanda's Picks Radio, Friday, April 25, 2014: African American Shakespeare Company

1. David Minkus, Ph.D., Graduate Fellows Training Program Coordinator, has been a Research Associate and Coordinator of the Graduate Fellows training program at the Institute for the Study of Social Change, now now the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues) for more than three decades.

He joins us with Teresa Córdova, Ph.D., now Director of Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at University of Illinois at Chicago to talk about Breaking Barriers, Building Community: 35 Years of Training Social Change Scholars, Friday, May 2nd, 8:30am-4:30pm. at the Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. (between Telegraph Ave. and Bowditch St.).

Both speak about the relevance of the academy to achieving social justice and how they became engaged 35 years ago while students at UC Berkeley in the ISSI. What does it means to be a social change scholar? How can the academy can be (re-)made to reflect the diversity and complexity of society, where students and communities have active voices and roles in shaping the pedagogy, research approaches, and policy production of the research university--are just a few of the questions participants will reflect on during the plenaries and workshops at the conference. 

The conference is free. Register by April 27 and get a free lunch: 

2. Joyce Jenkins
is editor of Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West (, presenter of the Poetry Flash reading series at Moe’s Books (Berkeley) and Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland), Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, and the Northern California Book Awards. She is chair of Northern California Book Reviewers, a volunteer association which has its 33rd Annual Northern California Book Awards this Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the San Francisco Main Library on Larkin Street, 1-2:30; 2:30-4:00 p.m. The event is free. For more information on the awards visit or 510/525-5476.

3. L. Peter Calendar, Director; Leontyne Mbele-Mbong as Beatrice, Ryan Vincent Anderson as Benedick join us to talk about African American Shakes presents Much Ado About Nothing, May 3-25, 2014 at the Buriel Clay Theater at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street (at Webster), San Francisco, CA 94102: Visit

Music: Alice Walker, We Have a Beautiful Mother, from Praises for the World 2005; Meklit and Quinn, Look at What the Light Did Now; Kim Nalley's I Put a Spell on You from Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone; Ruthie Foster's Truth and Sweet Honey in the Rock's Battered Earth. 

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