GROUNDS Panel Discussion: Race, Academia, and Podcasts

The audio drama podcast GROUNDS follows the lives of five Black professors — the only full time, tenure-track Black lecturers who work at the fictitious Morris & Wilkins University, a predominantly white 4-year institution. The story highlights the trials, obstacles, and joys of maintaining a Black existence within a white academic structure.

On SATURDAY, MARCH 27 at 2 p.m., WTJU and Virginia Audio Collective will host a listening session and panel discussion with the creators of the podcast GROUNDS.

Panelists include Leslie M. Scott-Jones, Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Player’s Guild, an all Black theatre company in Charlottesville; and Doug Spearman, twice-Emmy nominated writer, director, and producer.

“GROUNDS gives voice to the contradictory and confusing worlds of academia and American history, and it does it in a way that is both urgent and unique,” said Scott-Jones. “It eschews easy formulas and invites listeners to engage with complicated truths.”

Register for this Zoom-based talk below. We’ll send you the Zoom link to join the March 27 event.

Be sure to check out the entire first season of GROUNDS.



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