January 29, 2020

Welcome to Learned, a Podcast from Oakwood

We are excited to share with you Learned, an Oakwood podcast that launched this week! On Learned, we’ll be looking beyond test scores and college acceptance rates to understand how education can shape the future of our society—and what kind of teaching we need to bring us there.

For this first 10-episode season, Director of Co-Curricular Programs Ivan Johnson, Oakwood alum Tristan Friedberg Rodman ’11, and Director of Alumni Relations Christie Guevara had candid conversations with educators, parents, and alumni about the educational issues that matter most to them. The episodes span a wide range of topics—from creativity to entrepreneurship, social justice to mental health, technological change to equity and inclusion at private schools.

In Episode 1, we talk to Ren Bell, Oakwood’s former Theatre Arts faculty and Performing Arts Chair, and alum Jodie Landau ’10 about their creative practices. Jodie talks about how working as both a composer and a performer—working on both sides of a hierarchy—creates empathy. Ren shares how constraint helps us give value to our creative processes.

We hope you enjoy the first episode, and stay with us as we share these conversations week by week!

Top left: Ren, Top right: Tristan, Bottom: Jodie and Ren recording Episode 1 of Learned.