America · dream · Uncategorized

the american dream’s complexity

It is the second to the last day of class. Perhaps they are tired. Some students in my “American Swagger” class struggled to see the complexity in “Delirium,” a vignette in the motion picture Coffee and Cigarettes and ideas we have discussed all semester. In this vignette, one of several in the 2004 Jim Jarmusch… Continue reading the american dream’s complexity

housing · miami · migration · Uncategorized

miami migration stories recast

I recast earlier footage used in the “Miami Migration Stories” installation in this microclip. The initial project was a longer work presented at an event honoring subjects in my “Second Ghetto Thesis” oral history study. Some of this video was also in an installation at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. For more… Continue reading miami migration stories recast

American History · american swagger · Uncategorized

punk rock swagger and beyond

As we begin our final full week of course work in “American Swagger,” I remain deeply proud of my students’ analytical skills and their ability to make connections. This week, their main text is Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, which sheds light on the impact of the 2008 financial collapse on a wealthy white family… Continue reading punk rock swagger and beyond