I have always loved shacks. Something about the wood. The falling apart and still standing. The South (that includes “developing” countries closer to the equator). So when I saw this little red shack in the window of the University of Alabama’s Paul R. Jones Museum this past Sunday, I knew I had to return to… Continue reading on shacks
This week, the graduate students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class are reading Imbolo Mbue‘s Behold the Dreamers, a novel centered by the 2008 global financial downturn and the dreams of an immigrant family from Cameroon in New York City. This class will make ties between this book and the “The Harvest,” a… Continue reading dream
As promotion begins and as I prepare to meet with the animator after we get the final map from Cartlab, I am getting geeked. Fingers crossed that this April 16th event is an informative and fun one. It will be a bit nuanced, but it should help us unflatten these old stories that show the… Continue reading April 16th talk becoming real
Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins March 25. On the burner again for me will be teaching “Antebellum America” and “American Civilization Since 1865.” Plenty of overlap will exist between these classes. How much has changed socially? Where do we see progress? Where does history repeat? How is power consolidated? Troubled? Which bodies are… Continue reading fall 2019, or on the fun and the difficult conversation
Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ Wench is a hard novel. But it is so necessary. I remember reading it with recognition a few years ago. This imagined work brought to life the experiences of the enslaved and freedwomen and children who had the “favor” of southern white men while surviving unspeakable horrors. I have always been drawn to… Continue reading tying it together
The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) meeting in Oxford, Mississippi, was absolutely wonderful. I feel more comfortable about my ongoing interest in Zora Neale Hurston’s time in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950 as presented in paper shared there last week. I also feel encouraged after meeting so many scholars, among them… Continue reading sewsa moments and beyond
Shared close ups of my “Church Ladies” piece with a new friend today. It’s now above my home office desk after being part of a recent exhibit at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Still digging Solange’s latest. Yassss, #Floridawater.