Sneak Peek: Tsione Wolde-Michael Podcast

Jo Reed: You've had so much experience as a public historian, dealing with arts and history of the humanities, and I would like you to talk about just some of the ways you've seen the arts and humanities contribute to a more just and equitable society.

Tsione Wolde-Michael: Sure. You know, I really see humanities as an anchor. It allows us to reflect critically on our past, and to understand it with a depth that really helps us make sense of our present moment. And so, I think humanities and humanities-based projects have always been at the forefront, though not always recognized as such, in helping to really educate and to shift the narrative in ways that are important and incredibly productive. I think, on the arts side, arts give us the space to be imaginative, and to think about our futures. I've loved the recent revival in thinking about Afrofuturism. I think it's an example of some really exciting, but also productive, work that allows us to simultaneously think about aspects of the past that are little known, or have yet to be unearthed, while also thinking about speculative futures in a way that's exciting, and that allows us to think beyond the bounds of traditional disciplines, or even what we think might be possible. And that's really what I see as the potential of the arts.