To Challenge Dominant Narratives, Activist Memory Workers Reclaim History
Activist movements make the world more just by exploring forgotten or concealed aspects of the present and the past. In this episode, we talk with Kirsten Grimstad, a scholar of post-war Germany and feminist thought who is working to preserve cultural memory and to make history more accessible. With guest host Lauren Instenes, she discusses how activists can use the knowledge of previous activist moments and movements along with the memory of past societal injustices to “ignite the fire of civil courage.” She discusses the importance of holding ourselves and our countries accountable for past harm—and of promoting reparations and healing in the present.More about Dr. Kirsten Grimstad: Dr. Grimstad has a PhD in Comparative Literature and is the Co-Chair of Undergraduate Programs at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on literary modernism and Holocaust memory work. She has published a book on the German author Thomas Mann called The Modern Revival of Gnosticism and Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus, and was also a co-author of the New Woman's Survival Catalog published in 1973 and republished in 2019. Buy The New Woman’s Survival Catalog here or find it at your local bookstore.Learn about Undergraduate Studies at Antioch University Los Angeles or watch the AULA Undergraduate Studies Anytime Open House.Recorded May 3, 2021 via Riverside.fm. Released May 26, 2021. The Seed Field Podcast is produced by Antioch University.This episode was guest hosted and edited by Lauren Instenes. The host was Jasper Nighthawk. Special thanks for this episode goes to Melissa Batalin, Karen Hamilton, Melinda Garland, and Simon Javan Okelo for their contributions.For information about this and future episodes, and to access a full transcript, visit theseedfield.org or follow Antioch University on Facebook.