Excavating Atlanta: A Podcast Series

Excavating Atlanta is a podcast series which explores the history and residual effects of structural inequality in the City of Atlanta. This series looks more deeply at the city’s segregated history as well as some of the policies that shaped the city’s development in the last century, to become one of the most inequitable cities in the United States. Excavating Atlanta operates on the premise that we must contextualize history to understand today’s obstacles to progress.Weekly episodes will feature an expert in their field, who sheds light on the following topics: displacement, transportation, income inequality, voting rights, healthcare, and suburban poverty.  We unearth  problems that have been paved over for the purpose of creating a better future for all Atlantans.

 

Acknowledgments from the Producer:

Music: “CELL” feat. Starpav,  by Atlanta-based musician, Boregard; Produced by C O N V O L K

This podcast would not be possible without Humanity in Action, an international educational fellowship program, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the Public Programs and Education department at The Center: Kelli Edwards, Allen Lee, Ted Ward, and Nicole Moore. I would also like to thank the Marketing and Communications Team: Kristie Cain Raymer, Erin Famularo and Torrie Shepard. Lastly, but certainly not least,  I would to extend my deepest gratitude to  each of the interviewees and the work of their organizations for leading by example in this important conversation.

Virginia Spinks

Virginia Spinks

Virginia Spinks, an Atlanta-native, attended DeKalb School of the Arts and recently graduated from Emory University, where she majored in Dance and a joint major of Anthropology & Religion. She has also earned an unofficial minor in Arabic language and spent time abroad at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. During her time at Emory she was heavily involved in the dance community and in Campus Life, working to foster dialogue around problems of diversity and inclusion. She earned High Honors for her Honors thesis in Anthropology & Religion, titled “The Silence of Narrative Echo Chambers: An Analysis of College Students’ Perceptions of the Connection between Islam and Terrorism.” She was named one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2013 for her work with the homeless community with Lady T’s Homeless Ministry. In 2017, she studied Human Rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Humanity in Action Fellowship program, and she is currently working with the Center for Civil and Human Rights and is a Carter Center intern.

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