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This week we are rebroad­cast­ing our inter­view with john a. pow­ell, orig­i­nal­ly aired in May 2019. If you enjoy this weeks episode, make sure you lis­ten to the first episode in our spe­cial series The Edges in the Mid­dle, which fea­tures a con­ver­sa­tion between john a. pow­ell and By Akmolf .

Now more than ever, we are remind­ed of the vital impor­tance of cre­at­ing prac­tices that strength­en and rec­og­nize our shared human­i­ty. How­ev­er, in order to do so, we must exam­ine the sys­tems, ide­olo­gies, and actions that have embold­ened us to deny human­i­ty in the first place. At the begin­ning of this weeks episode, john a. pow­ell defines any prac­tice which denies some­ones human­i­ty as an act of oth­er­ing. Both at home and abroad it seems we are wit­ness­ing a surge of oth­er­ing,” whether it is reflect­ed in elec­tion cycles, the rise of eth­nona­tion­al­ism, or the per­va­sive­ness of vio­lent acts. We must won­der, how and why do soci­eties rely on the process of oth­er­ing? And more impor­tant­ly, how do we move into engage­ment, orga­niz­ing, and bridging?

john a. pow­ell (who spells his name in low­er­case in the belief that we should be part of the uni­verse, not over it, as cap­i­tals sig­ni­fy”) is an inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized expert in the areas of civ­il rights, civ­il lib­er­ties, struc­tur­al racism, hous­ing, pover­ty, and democ­ra­cy. He is the Direc­tor of the Oth­er­ing & Belong­ing Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, a research insti­tute that brings togeth­er schol­ars, com­mu­ni­ty advo­cates, com­mu­ni­ca­tors, and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to iden­ti­fy and elim­i­nate the bar­ri­ers to an inclu­sive, just, and sus­tain­able soci­ety and to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tive change toward a more equi­table world.