higher education · teaching

on resistance, records and funky chickens

This week, the graduate students in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course will explore how culture figures into the ways in which oppressed groups survive their difficult moments. We will do as much by watching the ending of the 1964 motion picture “Nothing But a Man,” which features Motown music on its soundtrack; discussing… Continue reading on resistance, records and funky chickens

higher education · teaching · technology

on roses and concrete…a commercial break

A student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course stopped by today. He’s still thinking through how to approach his research paper on gun violence in the United States as seen in the work of two hip hop artists. I was pleased to see him recognize the reference to Tupac… Continue reading on roses and concrete…a commercial break

digital humanities · teaching · Uncategorized

African American artist helps tell postwar urban story

I  am sharing a link to a video Mike Hill, the earlier mentioned art collector and university administrator, made for his upcoming vernacular art exhibition. In it, he discusses  the work of several people, among them Purvis Young, the late artist from Miami’s Overtown community. Hill describes the apparent response of Young, an African American… Continue reading African American artist helps tell postwar urban story

digital humanities · higher education · technology

thank you, Kalisha

One of the great things about being in the academy is reconnecting with friends you met in graduate school. I have had this feeling lately owing to my renewed contact with author Kalisha Buckhanon. She recently interviewed me about my book Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinous University… Continue reading thank you, Kalisha

American History · intimacy

interracial intimacies podcast now up

The podcast for the January 26, 2016 talk on interracial intimacies with New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wayne State University Associate Professor of English Lisa Ze-Winters and University of Alabama Professor of English Trudier Harris is now available. It’s been more than a month since this difficult conversation. There will doubtless be others… Continue reading interracial intimacies podcast now up