The Third Space Speaker Series launched last year with the generous support of the Johnston-Fix foundation. The concept of a third space emerges from the work of scholars who saw a need to push back against dominant scripts of knowledge production and create new spaces where those who are often confined to the margins can be centered. The series places two scholars in dialogue with each other and with the Whitman community in an intellectual space where values of cultural humility, cultural wealth and cultural pluralism are embraced. 

The series continues this year with two events scheduled on Thursday, September 22 and Thursday, October 13 and we have an outstanding lineup of scholars scheduled to share their brilliance with the Whitman community. This fall, we are pleased to have Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. A.D. Carson, Dr. Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton, and Dr. Subini Ancy Annamma as Third Space Speakers.

Dr. Jared Ball is the author of I Mix What I Like: A mixtape manifesto (2011) as well as The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power (2020). Dr. Ball is a student and scholar of history, mass communications, journalism and Africana Studies. Dr. Ball is a professor of Communication Studies in the Multi Platform Production department at Morgan State University, an HBCU in Maryland.  

Dr. A.D. Carson's Ph.D. dissertation, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions, was a 34-track rap album that challenged and expanded traditional notions of scholarship. His more recent peer-reviewed album, published by University of Michigan Press, I Used to Love to Dream, has been described as "the most important publication in digital rhetorics history." Dr. Carson is an assistant professor of hip hop and the global south at the University of Virginia and he began his time at the institution’s main campus in Charlottesville, VA in the fall of 2017 in the midst of the tragic white supremacist rally that devastated that community.

Dr. Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton is a prolific intersectional scholar currently serving as an associate professor at California State University Northridge in the Deaf Studies department and core faculty in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton co-edited the special issue on on disability justice, race and education for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. Dr. Ramirez-Stapleton publishes on a range of topics including audism, sizeism, racism and other subjects with an emphasis on equity, representation, access, history and intersectional identities.

Dr. Subini Ancy Annamma is the author of The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-prison Nexus (2018). Her research and pedagogy focuses on increasing access to equitable education for multiply-marginalized students and communities of color, particularly disabled children of color. Dr. Annamma’s work examines the social construction of race and ability; how the two are interdependent, how they intersect with other identity markers, and how their mutually constitutive nature impacts education experiences. 

Please feel free to contact diversity@whitman.edu with any questions regarding this program.