“How can we design something to transition people from a system that doesn’t want to let them go?”: Social Design and its Political Contexts

In fall 2010, I taught a course called Urban Services in which my students worked with students in the education program of a large non-profit organization in New York City that offers a range of… Continue reading

Beyond the Special Guest: Teaching “Trans” Now

Introduction: Beyond the Special Guest—Teaching “Trans” Now By Shana Agid and Erica Rand The theme of this issue of Radical Teacher, “Beyond the Special Guest: Teaching ‘Trans’ Now,” originated in a conversation between… Continue reading

Safe Keeping (2011)

  Safe Keeping (2011) is a tear-off book, based on the original interviews conducted for Safe Keeping (2002-3), placed around New York City on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This edition is… Continue reading

Weston Teruya’s “The gracious city at its neighbor’s edge” at Pro Arts

  To be haunted and to write from that location, to take on the condition of what you study, is not a methodology or a consciousness you can simply adopt or adapt as… Continue reading

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This (2nd Edition, 2010)

  It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This began in 2004 as an installation and letterpress printed book with original text and images that tell a story of relationship to family history, national pasts,… Continue reading

Flood

  Flood is an ongoing series of prints that, along with Capital Series, interrogate the production and destruction of spaces and the people in them. Flood 1 -3 are digital prints with screenprint and watercolor that… Continue reading

Teaching Against the Prison Industrial Complex

  Introduction By Shana Agid, Michael Bennett, and Kate Drabinski Angela Davis begins her influential book Are Prisons Obsolete? by pointing out how naturalized the system of mass incarceration has become in the United States.… Continue reading

Capital Series

  Capital Series (2007) is a series of screenprints derived from photographs of commercial buildings in urban and suburban areas whose signs highlight relationships of desire to cash, class, and wanting.    

Locked and Loaded: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Response to Hurricane Katrina

Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s historic and devastative landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, New Orleans already had a new jail. Fashioned from the empty hulk of the bus depot,… Continue reading

The Disappearance of Phillip DeVine

  On December 31, 1993, three young people were killed in a farmhouse in Humbolt, Nebraska.  Brandon Teena, a white transgender man, Lisa Lambert, a white single mother who lived in the farmhouse,… Continue reading