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L.A.-based MC and artist Asa Lianess on love vs. sex and being real in hip-hop

November 20, 2014
| The Los Angeles-based poet, singer, MC and henna artist shares her thoughts about love and sex in hip-hop, spirituality, sisterhood and going global.
Length: 15:52 minutes (29.06 MB)

Kinnie Starr on women lifelines, Indigenous protest hip-hop, and half-blood old blues

November 13, 2014
| The incomparable Canadian artist discusses collaborating with women MCs, water conservation, social justice, Indigenous hip-hop, white privilege and retiring from the music industry.
Length: 33:03 minutes (60.54 MB)

Maya Jupiter on women, culture, and what it means to be hip-hop

November 7, 2014
| The Chicana MC discusses the hypersexualization of women in hip-hop and what hip-hop means for transnational communities.
Length: 21:38 minutes (39.62 MB)

Defining Progress: Street Artist Gilf! on gentrification, art, activism and the iconic 5 Pointz Mecca

October 17, 2014
| For this episode, New York-based street artist Gilf! discusses America’s wars of occupation, gentrification, art, politics, activism and smashing kitchens.
Length: 34:13 minutes (62.67 MB)
| October 10, 2014

Aja in Wonderland: Aja Monet on poetry in social transformation and Tupac Shakur

October 7, 2014
| Aja Monet, the current "cool girl" of spoken-word poetry, discusses the political philosophy of poetry and the legacy of Tupac Shakur.
Length: 40:35 minutes (74.32 MB)

No Middle Road: Feminist writer Ninotchka Rosca on prostitution, feminism, art, and social transformation

September 30, 2014
| Public intellectual, feminist and award-winning writer, Ninotchka Rosca, discusses why mediocrity has no place in social transformation movements and more!
Length: 43:12 minutes (79.12 MB)

The brain and the ballet dancer: Dr. Crystal Dilworth on the co-dependency between art and science

September 16, 2014
| Does art need the structure of science? Can science grow without creativity? For Dr. Crystal Dilworth, the attraction between opposites is all about the brain and a little bit of chemistry.
Length: 28:06 minutes (51.46 MB)

Amber Eastman on dance, feminism and cultural appropriation

September 2, 2014
| Vancouver dancer Amber Eastman talks about cultural fusions and patriarchy, and answers the question: is bellydance feminist?
Length: 38:06 minutes (34.88 MB)

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy: 'Art as Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth of Nations'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:00am - Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:00am

The emergence and development of the concept of Nation Branding in recent years, as a result of the process of globalization, has presented countries with efficient instruments to use art & culture in order to improve their image abroad and thus to promote trade, tourism and direct investment in the country. The ICD is hosting this Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy addressing the issue of art and culture as vehicles for nation branding as it has become a crucial facet of the globalization process. The Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the UK 2014 will present, and analyze the potential of the successful use of art and culture in nation-branding programs to develop national economies with a particular focus on the Commonwealth of Nations.

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