Common Ground

World on Fire: Guest Critic Panel with Elizabeth Bishop & Friends

Weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Regina Anderson, Damaris Dunn, Nicole Hamilton, and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz on the Brooklyn Rail’s September Guest Critics Page, “World on Fire.” This discussion will be led by Rail Special Projects Editor Nick Bennett, and will conclude with a poetry reading.

In this talk

Please join us for a conversation emerging out of the Brooklyn Rail’s September Guest Critics Page “World on Fire.”

This collection of writing and art is a defense against the violence in our lives, an affirmation of life under the constant threat of erasure. Radical empathy. Stomp traces of fascism with precise intent. Culture jamming. Disruptors on the side of reimagined justice. The orchestration of crashing bricks. How it feels to survive being human in the midst of neverbeforeseen crisis such as we are living through right now. These pages bear witness as they break open words and images to make space for our bodies and lives. Kintsugi, golden joinery. What does it mean to repair? Compassionate urgency. Unlearning. Distance and perception. To be still in the still of the crisis. Biopower recaptured. The politics of survival is insufficient for the moment. — Dr. Elizabeth Bishop

Read the full Editor’s Message here:

Elizabeth Bishop

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Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is a writer, researcher, professor, youth advocate, Nietzschean, and surf monk. Bishop is the author of two books, Becoming Activist (2015) and Embodying Theory (2018). She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Messy.

Regina Anderson

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Regina Anderson is a Hybrid Socialist dedicated to helping the community and the Executive Director of Food Recovery Network. Regina believes deeply that we all have a part to play in helping our communities thrive and would love to collaborate for action.

Damaris Dunn

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Damaris Dunn is a native New Yorker and educator. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Georgia’s Mary Frances Early College of Education. Her research interests are anti-Blackness and Black girl joy.

Nicole Hamilton

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Nicole Hamilton is a radical educator, trainer, curriculum designer, youth worker, circle keeper, community builder and lead consultant for Culturvate Consulting LLC. She has served as a Director for Gender Equity since 2010 working with youth and adults in school and community based partnerships.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

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Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her first full-length collection of poetry is Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, 2020)

Nick Bennett

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Nick Bennett is the Special Projects Editor at the Brooklyn Rail.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.