Engaged Scholar

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Michael Datcher, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.


Ankh/ing: Animating Black and Brown Liberation in Artistic Counterpublics.  Via theoretical interventions and close-readings of 20th/21st century American literature, this monograph in-progress interrogates the ways in which Black and Brown folk resist the hegemonic gaze of the neoliberal state by organizing, strategizing and implementing liberatory labor within art-tethered spaces.

THE WORLD STAGE  |  Former Executive Director and current board member

The World Stage is an educational and performance arts gallery in Leimert Park Village, the heart of L.A.’s African-American cultural community. “The Stage”, as it is affectionately called, was founded in 1989 by the late world renowned master jazz drummer  Billy Higgins and by poet and community arts activist Kamau Daáood in an attempt to fill a cultural void that existed in the Los Angeles community.

Leimert Park: The Future of the World Stage (Full HD) from Karl Baumann on Vimeo.

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BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE  |  90.7 FM KPFK  |  Co-Producer & Co-Host

Beautiful Struggle is a radio news magazine focusing on African American social and political issues, thought, history, inspiration, resistance, and social change.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT  |  Founding Editor

The Truth About the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction publishes and promotes excellence in the art of letters as a vehicle to engender intercultural understanding on the planet we share. The journal also produces two fierce public conversation series to support frank, meaningful discourse about the issues of the day: Real Talk: The Great Debate Series and Art of Resistance.