Love this piece by Laci LaVoy at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama. I bought it at Tuscaloosa’s annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Hats off to Laci and her classmates for making it to the fest even though they had just three weeks to prepare after seeing their school destroyed by… Continue reading kentuck moment
I went through my smartphone to find images that give way to thoughts about my coming lecture on “Waterways” in my Antebellum America class. The first is a close up of a piece of fish leather I purchased in Iceland in Summer 2017. My time in the North Atlantic pushed my thinking on the use… Continue reading water power
Yes. My three year old self is saying. The print version of my Miami article is in Journal of Urban History Vol. 44 No. 2. Finally. I can update my CV. Happy to see 152 downloads since the article was first published online in January 2017. Happy to be a part of larger conversation about… Continue reading yes! print version of Miami article available
Eighth week of the semester in my rear view. Exhausted after last week and Homecoming, but energized by this week’s lectures. In my American Civilization Since 1865 class, I turn to the Great Depression with Miami’s Liberty Square, the first public housing project for African Americans in the South (a.k.a. the Pork n Bean projects),… Continue reading musings
“It’s time to assert that we have the knowledge of place & challenge the idea of what maps are about.” I heard these words on this video clip about one Zuni Native American’s efforts to challenge understandings of the world around him by “countermapping” the land on which his family has lived for years. Hope… Continue reading countermapping
Loving my final playlist for my Gender, Race and (Urban) Space Spring 2019 course.
It’s been a powerful week for thinking through the experiences of women. I was able to read a 1950 newspaper article about Alabama-born and Florida-bred novelist Zora Neale Hurston. It was published in The Miami Herald, my former employer. There’s nothing like reading an archival document that permits you to go back in time. Not… Continue reading nettie, zora, california, eliza…saying their names
It is always wonderful using a reading written by a colleague. This week, students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” class will visit Moundville Archaelogical Park and ponder what power looks like with preColumbian indigenous people who lived in Alabama and antebellum Cherokee slaveholder Joseph Vann, as offered in a historical study by historian Tiya Miles, in… Continue reading musings