As we march toward the end of the semester, I have started retweaking the syllabi for two courses I haven’t taught in awhile: Antebellum America and American Civilization Since 1865. Both courses push my thinking as I approach my next book project, which explores the spatial politics in Florida from the Seminoles’… Continue reading prepping for Fall 2018 …already
I am still thinking about the films I saw last night at Lunafest, a traveling film festival focusing on women and gender issues. The University of Alabama’s Women and Gender Resources Center hosted the event at Bama Theatre. It was a good chance to see many friendly sister-friends I haven’t seen in a while. The… Continue reading Lunafest…great sister-moment
After getting through what is usually a difficult lecture on slavery, but turned out not to be as hard to offer as it has been in the past, I had a bit of fun. My sorority sister Kaye McKendrick had earlier invited me to Kentuck Art Center in Northport, Alabama, to judge art by… Continue reading art lightens day
If I ever doubted from the coats I’m still putting on that Spring isn’t quite here yet, I have only to look at the beautiful flowers blooming in our yard now. I have often heard it said in days of late, “Look at God.” This minister’s daughter would have to reply, “Yep, look indeed.” Perfect… Continue reading spring flowers on time
Some of you know I am learning about the Seminole Indians’ encounters with the U.S. military in the years leading to the Civil War. I address them while studying spatial politics in Florida from the antebellum period through the arrival of turn of the century black Bahamians and the rise of the University of Miami… Continue reading another “why we do what we do” story
Inspired by this week’s readings in my grad class, but also by so much swirling around me these days, I went for it and chopped off my locks. Fourth time in 51 years. Last time: 20 years ago this month. Feels good to let go. Also loving the cherry blossoms that tell me it’s Spring.… Continue reading did it!
Today my graduate students and I take up the migrating black woman in urban spaces. Above is an image of a turn of the century woman of color in Puerto Rico. She seems to have exceptional confidence while being photographed. Or maybe she’s just pretending. We might certainly know as she moves through space she… Continue reading black woman, her hair and more