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Photographs from Aug. 29 event

Special thanks to Molly Buffington, University of Alabama History major and Communications Committee intern, for taking many wonderful photographs at Monday night’s digital installation and book reading. I have taken to calling it the “Aug. 29 event.” Over the past month, I saved various digital files with that label on it. In truth, the spirit… Continue reading Photographs from Aug. 29 event

digital humanities · technology

puttin’ it all in our rearview

Last night’s event at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center was wonderful even with all of the technology hiccups in the digital art installation. The highlight was sharing the playlist mix curated by students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. The actual mix, which narrates their own hypothetical road trip… Continue reading puttin’ it all in our rearview

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interview about Bebop to Hip Hop course

In a little under an hour, I head to the second meeting for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. This year, it’s a lecture. That means the performance part of teaching had better be thoughtfully presented. Or maybe I just want to survive the moment. We’re discussing technology in the postwar… Continue reading interview about Bebop to Hip Hop course

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Students make amazing playlist

Yesterday was the first day of class for the 2016-17 school year and I am already  pleased. The students enrolled in the “American Civilization to 1865” survey showed up ready to learn and contribute. So did the students enrolled in  “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music,” an upper level course. In fact, the… Continue reading Students make amazing playlist

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African American artist helps tell postwar urban story

I  am sharing a link to a video Mike Hill, the earlier mentioned art collector and university administrator, made for his upcoming vernacular art exhibition. In it, he discusses  the work of several people, among them Purvis Young, the late artist from Miami’s Overtown community. Hill describes the apparent response of Young, an African American… Continue reading African American artist helps tell postwar urban story

digital humanities · higher education · technology

thank you, Kalisha

One of the great things about being in the academy is reconnecting with friends you met in graduate school. I have had this feeling lately owing to my renewed contact with author Kalisha Buckhanon. She recently interviewed me about my book Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinous University… Continue reading thank you, Kalisha