Today I will give one of my favorite lectures for the American Civilization Since 1865 class: the Roaring Twenties. It’s a great chance to show the tensions between the great art being created in that decade and the artistic works we hear today. I will, among other things, address the arrival of jazz via the… Continue reading roar
My graduate students and I are in antebellum New York and Harlem circa the 1920s and 1930s next week. This watercolor receives inspiration from the readings and an old piece of writing I recently picked back up.
I received this package today. I can’t wait to “mend.” Thank you, Krista. I could literally feel myself breathing differently as I carefully opened this thoughtfully wrapped gift. And it is a gift to take time to move more slowly. Simply touching the vintage fabrics brought back memories. One of them felt like a pillow… Continue reading musings
I am still smiling. I attended the Dance Alabama Film Festival this evening at Tuscaloosa’s River Market where our local farmer’s market is held on the weekends. The students at the University of Alabama remind me again of the biggest joy of teaching: their energy. I especially enjoyed seeing tonight a piece titled “Elsewhere.” Kori… Continue reading musings
This is one of those rare weeks when what I am teaching in my intro-level course “American Civilization Since 1865” undergraduate class overlaps nicely with what is being discussed in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate class. In the former, I am addressing turn of the century reform efforts, hardening attitudes toward race and… Continue reading on judgement and self determination
Enjoyed seeing beautiful work paying homage to black history at Tuscaloosa’s Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center last night. Yvonne Wells quilts were especially a joy to study. John Lewis, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bull Connor were depicted on her work. So was Rosa Parks. i was happy to share three… Continue reading Black History Month exhibit
It was so wonderful to be back in the classroom yesterday. My graduate students did a great job tackling Imani Perry’s bio on Lorraine Hansberry. It was a perfect book to have before me in a week where I turned 52 and found pleasure in setting boundaries. Like Hansberry, I have grown firmer in my… Continue reading no place like home