Just moments ago a student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop” class sent me an email that gave me another reason to have hope amid the difficult headlines in recent months and even hours. He gave me permission to share his email below. Some background before I continue: The students were assigned to present… Continue reading what the world needs now….
One of the neat things about the mix tape and mix tape essay assignment for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course is being introduced to music I’d hadn’t heard or paid much attention to before (loved “music is all we got” sentiment expressed in “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper… Continue reading mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!
Yesterday the students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” undergraduate course turned in their mix “tapes” and mix tape essays that act as “soundtracks” for the plot in Lynda Barry’s “The Good Times Are Killing Me.” I often say I look forward to this or that and mean it, but… Continue reading mix “tapes” are now in
Yesterday I finally saw “Queen of Katwe,” a motion picture about an African girl who becomes a chess champion. I was struck by the power surrounding the word “city” as her instructor shared stories of how he felt alongside seemingly better chess players who resided in urban spaces. I was reminded again of the importance… Continue reading spring with the city in view
It was so good seeing former students and colleagues in one weekend. Briana Royster, a former grad student in my Gender, Race and Urban Race class and present New York University graduate student, presented today at the UA History Department’s Power and Struggle graduate student-sponsored conference with Dr. John Mitcham, a UA alum who worked… Continue reading busy weekend with former students & colleagues