Severance Radio: Episode 6
August 9 7:00 pm
KUNV 91.5 FM
About the Event
Featuring Jenna Hanchey and Erica Vital-Lazare
Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel Severance. The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis.
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About The Episode
In this episode, Jenna Hanchey and Erica Vital-Lazare – two scholars who study language – talk about the new voices needed to imagine new worlds. As we listen to the audiobook, you can follow along on pages 107 – 127 of the Severance paperback.
DISCUSSED: Anticolonialism, “A Colonized Mind” (song) by Prince, Frantz Fanon (psychiatrist), oppression, colonialist structures, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (scholar/author), psychological effects of colonization, home, materialism, nostalgia, old systems, M Archive: After the End of the World (book) by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Andrea Hairston (author), chaos, new worlds, Toni Morrison (author)
Jenna Hanchey is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on the neocolonialism of aid and volunteer work in Africa, and she is currently working on a project examining how Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist sci-fi imagines development in anti-colonial ways.
Erica Vital-Lazare is a writer and a professor of creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada, where she teaches Marginalized Voices in Dystopian literature, and she is the editor of a forthcoming series revisiting classic Black works in literature titled Of the Diaspora with McSweeney’s Press.
Severance Radio: A Nevada Reads Book Club is jointly produced by Nevada Humanities and the Black Mountain Institute, and is part of Nevada Reads, a statewide program of Nevada Humanities. This program is made possible with the support of: Nevada Humanities, Black Mountain Institute, Nevada State library, Archives and Public Records, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Nevada Center for the Book. The Nevada Center for the Book is a program of Nevada Humanities and is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.