#105 | War, Art, & The Hardships That Shape Our Lives w/ Milica Popovic

In this episode, Cynthia Jones and I speak with Milica Popovic, Associate Professor of Art at the College of Southern Idaho. Milica discusses her personal experiences with the social and economic disintegration in her home country of Serbia, during the fracturing of the Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1990's. Milica describes how her and her husband left their home country and made their way to the United States, where Milica eventually settled in Twin Falls, Idaho, and took up a position at the College of Southern Idaho, where this interview was conducted. In this episode, Milica also discusses the impact trauma has had on her art, and how producing art has helped her work with the traumatic memories she carries with her to this day. 

I would like to thank Milica for being open and sharing her experiences for the episode. I understand it is a difficult thing to discuss these things with others, particularly when it's being recorded and put online for the world to hear. So, I'm very grateful for those that have been willing to talk with Cynthia and I for this project. 

This is the second episode in a series of interviews and conversations with individuals who, whether they officially or not fall under the category, are refugees. These episode are done in collaboration with Cynthia Jones, Artistic Director of the Inspirata Dance Project, for an upcoming production that will feature segments of these recordings.

Episode Notes:

- The title card of this episode features the artwork of Milica Popovic.

- The song featured in this episode is "Sea of Love" by Cat Power from the album The Covers Record.

#95 | Our Humanity In Times Of Peril: War, Community, & Revisiting Trauma w/ Samra Culum

Samra Culum is Student Development Coordinator at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), and a refugee. Samra, as a child, fled with her family from war-torn Bosnia, and through the CSI Refugee Resettlement Program, settled in Twin Falls, Idaho with her family.

In this episode, Samra discusses what her and her family experienced in her community in Bosnia as underlying tensions and divisions broke out into war and ethnic cleansing, and what the process of escaping and eventually resettling in the United States was like. Samra then goes over her feelings and thoughts about the recent surge of anti-refugee sentiment that has emerged in the Twin Falls area surrounding the CSI Refugee Resettlement Program in recent years, and how difficult, painful, and important it is to revisit traumatic memories and experiences and process them in a meaningful way.

This is a conversation between myself, Cynthia Jones (Artistic Director of Inspirata Dance Project) Skyler Rienstra (music producer) and Samra Culum. Segments of this conversation will be used for an upcoming performance by the Inspirata Dance Project.

Episode Notes:

- Inspirata Dance Project on Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspiratadanceproject/