Aired: January 18, 2019

Heroes of American Dissent

American Dissent is a production of James Madison’s Montpelier and With Good Reason at Virginia Humanities.

  • Dissent Heroes (23 min.)

    With: Dr. Michael Higginbotham (University of Baltimore)

    In part three of our series American Dissent, With Good Reason Associate Producer Kelley Libby talks with Dr. Michael Higginbotham about a list of people—some well known, some not—whom he credits with seeing America for what it could be and then working toward making it so. Dr. Higginbotham is the author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism In Post-Racial America.

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  • Harriet Tubman, Black Disabled Icon (5 min.)

    With: Vilissa Thompson (LCSW, Founder of Ramp Your Voice!)

    Vilissa Thompson (LCSW, Founder of Ramp Your Voice!) explains how understanding Harriet Tubman as a disabled Black woman has inspired intersectional disability rights activists.

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  • The Power of Positive Protest (11 min.)

    With: Terry Beitzel (James Madison University)

    How do you make positive change in the world? Terry Beitzel is the Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center at James Madison University, where he helps his students better understand political protest as a form of citizen engagement.

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  • How To Talk About Climate Change (13 min.)

    With: Isabel Fay and Christopher Labosier (Longwood University)

    Isabel Fay and Christopher Labosier come from different disciplines: communications and science. Together they recently taught an innovative course on the science and rhetoric of climate change, part of a new curriculum at Longwood that focuses on democratic citizenship.

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