Kennedy M. Petties describes her imagination as a child and compares it to that of her adulthood. She discusses the ways that imagination is crucial for community change, specifically in her perception of social justice and her projects—the Complexion Newsletter and her work addressing environmental racism. She also emphasizes the importance of joy, in comparison to happiness, and the ways that her approaches to imagining her life and futures have changed. Petties then delves into imagining fantastically, as she imagines herself as an earthy vampire princess, and into the ways she enjoys loving and being loved.
(Interview conducted on April 23rd, 2021)
imagination, social justice, creating space, environmental racism, joy, imagination and reality, imagining life, fantasy, vampire princess, love
- 0:00 Intro
- 0:24 Imagination in childhood and adulthood
- 3:56 Imagination and community change (social justice, Complexion Newsletter, environmental racism)
- 11:21 Centering Joy
- 15:01 Imagining life; Imagination and reality as closely connected
- 21:25 Fantastical imaginations in adulthood
- 30:59 Fantasy’s influence on reality
- 32:12 Loving and being loved
Kennedy M. Petties (she/they) is from Fayetteville, GA. She is of the class of ’23 at Davidson College and is double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Science, with a social science focus. She is a Chidsey Leadership Fellow, Presidential Scholar, Terry Fellow, member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and founder of the Complexion Newsletter. She has a passion for art, music, and finding new ways to decompress.