Season 2 Episode Five: Interview with Dr. Aja Martinez

B. López and guest co-host Yanira Rodríguez interview Dr. Aja Martinez about counterstory, the reception of critical race theory in the field of composition and rhetoric, and doing the work (while not being welcomed at home) in academia.

Much of the discussion centers around Dr. Martinez’s forthcoming book, Counterstory: The Writing and Rhetoric of Critical Race Theory.

Counterstory is, by virtue of critical race theory, a theory-bound framework toward a way to do research. But within counterstory there are methods, which are the genres about how to go about it. Right? Those are the tools and the skill set. -Aja Martinez

This shit is repetitive. It’s cyclical, it’s familiar, we’ve seen it, we know it, we study you, we know your actions. You don’t see us, but we see you. And we document it. And if you’re feeling like that’s you that we’re talking about, you should be a little bit introspective about that and figure out why you’re feeling like that’s you. -Aja Martinez

S2 Episode Four: Teaching During the Trump Era, Pt. 2

For our third episode, we hosted a roundtable discussion on teaching during the Trump presidency. But we also asked listeners to contribute their stories. We had such good submissions, and so many, that we decided to make it an episode on its own.

I think at the heart of what I work at as a teacher is how do I make sure that my students are best prepared to express themselves in the world around them. And in particular, how are they best prepared to be an educated voter and educated self-advocate and an educated person who’s going to be able to stand up for themselves in moments when necessary and stand up for folks who might not have the same resources as them.” -Katlin Sweeney

“Maybe they will realize that there are stories they can trust: they can trust their own stories.” -Shivaun Corry 

“I think the most important thing that I can do in the classroom is to continually make sure that I show my students that we are here to talk about truth, to talk about justice, to talk about equity.” -Genevieve García de Müeller

For a full transcript of the episode, click here.