Yesterday I invited students enrolled in my “American Civilization to 1865” class to make what I call “dream caughts” instead of dreamcatchers, the handmade hoops that some Native Americans created, for among other things, protection. The idea behind this assignment was to have fun, but also be thoughtful about the lives of indigenous people. My… Continue reading dream caught
This morning, while I fight with my iPhone (need to go to the Apple Store and get a replacement battery. After that last upgrade, I think this is my last iPhone) I am prepping for class and thinking over so much that has occurred. Thinking through what’s still ahead. And while I sort through it… Continue reading musings
Students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course made their way over to the Mary Harmon Bryant building on our campus to see the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art. They are curating an exhibit for the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences’ newly designated Paul R. Jones Museum in… Continue reading Work on Paul Jones Museum curated exhibit begins
I’ll never forget the two times I almost fell off my chair while in graduate school. The first time I almost fell off my chair I was reading a collection of essays edited by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin. I saw a name that looked familiar: Norma Boyd. She was one of the original founders… Continue reading through the years as we struggle
I can’t think of a better way to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a more just world than with my dear friend Dr. Ellen Griffith Spears of the University of Alabama’s New College and American Studies Departments. Tonight, she was one of three people honored at the University’s Realizing the Dream… Continue reading realizing the dream with a honored friend
A sixth championship for Nick Saban. I’ve been at Alabama for six years, five on the tenure track. You’re spoiling me, Coach! Congrats! Way to go, Tua, our back up quarterback, and all best to Jalen, our first quarterback, for being so gracious and supportive. And still thinking about Da’ron Payne at the Sugar Bowl.… Continue reading we did it – Roll Tide!
As I have said elsewhere, 2017, you are in a forever time out corner and 2018, I am watching you. Meanwhile, Happy New Year! We’ve already started putting away holidays decorations, among them wonderful cards from friends who had their eyes on Alabama four weeks ago. As I reflect on the year ahead, I’ll be… Continue reading happy new year