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51% #1633: Bending Toward Resilience, Healing And Change

Ahri Golden
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Ahri Golden

On this week’s 51%, hear the story of a mother reconciling with their past and working toward equitable and just relationships.

Artist and Producer Ahri Golden brings us another installment of her BENDING IN 2020 series — this time an audio portrait of a person embracing their trauma and emerging stronger that explores the themes of resilience, healing and transformational change. J Miakoda Taylor is also founder of Fierce Allies. Please be advised that, though not graphic, there is discussion of rape. (*It has been brought to our attention that an earlier written version referred to Taylor by the wrong pronoun. Taylor uses they/them pronouns. The version before you reflects the requested change.)

Ahri Golden is an artist and producer. Her previous Bending in 2020 story is in 51 % Show #1613. You can find out more about Golden’s work at www.ahrigolden.com and follow her on Instagram @ahrigolden 

While there were many events throughout the U.S. this year marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote, there was another centennial kicking off across the pond. Oxford University recognized its 100-year anniversary of the formal admission of women in October and then, one week later, women were given the right to be awarded degrees. Women students who had been denied a degree since the late 1870s began to return to the University to claim them. Now, a ‘Women Making History Centenary’ campaign will run throughout this academic year, with a range of events and initiatives.

And the University is also announcing that Professor Brenda Stevenson has been appointed as the first Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women’s History at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St John’s College. The newly created chair is intended to enhance Oxford’s work in women’s history by undertaking pioneering research and transforming how the subject is taught and studied at Oxford.

Professor Stevenson will lead the new Women, Gender and Queer history course within the Master’s history programme, head the Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity, develop international academic partnerships and develop a global public outreach programme, including an annual public lecture series.

Professor Stevenson will join the University in September 2021 from her current role at UCLA, where she is the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History. She is an internationally acclaimed scholar of gender, race, slavery, family and racial conflict. Today, Oxford awards degrees to more women than men. The University has admitted more women undergraduates than men for the last two years. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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