Shoutin’ In the Fire: A Conversation with Graduate Student Dante Stewart


Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about: Dante Stewart’s path through college and into his current graduate school, playing football for Clemson, why former college athletes need to advocate for current student players’ rights, why he chose to go into the seminary at Emery, his grandmother, and a discussion of Shoutin’ in The Fire: An American Epistle.

Our guest is: Dante Stewart, who is a graduate student, writer, and speaker. His voice has been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Comment Magazine, and more. As an up and coming voice, he writes and speaks into the areas of race, religion, and politics. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He is the author of Shoutin’ in The Fire: An American Epistle.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, co-producer of the Academic Life. She is a historian of women and gender.

Listeners to this episode may also be interested in:

--The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, by Maya Angelou

--The poem Kitchenette Building, by Gwendolyn Brooks

--Cables to Rage, by Audre Lorde

--Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin

--The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

-- Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

--the Smithsonian Folkway’s recording of The World is Not A Pleasant Place to Be, by Nikki Giovanni

--Salvation: Black People and Love, by bell hooks

--What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, by Toni Morrison

--Breathe: A Letter To My Sons, by Imani Perry

-- Dante Stewart’s articles referenced in this episode can be found here

--The Candler School of Theology at Emory University:

--Clemson College Athletics

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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