Special thanks to Lane McClelland, Maureen Flint, my colleagues Teresa Cribelli, Steve Bunker, John Beeler, Hilary Green, Stefanie and Mark Fishel, Steve Bunker and an unnamed colleague, as well as all of the students and staff who showed up to breathe with us. The staff at Ferguson Center is amazing. Thank you for everything! PS… Continue reading we breathe well
I know. I have said it before. “This is the best class I ever had.” But truly this semester’s “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class was the best class I ever had. I think that run through Bryant-Denny tunnel last week was among the many ways we built community in a way… Continue reading and so it goes…best class ever
It’s Sunday and I’m back at it. Here in Tuscaloosa, we sprint toward the end of the semester (thankfully, with an extra hour of sleep). I do as much shortly after returning from the Southern Historical Association (SHA) meeting alternately energized and reflective about so much, but above all, how so much of what happens… Continue reading so much through which to sort
Just moments ago a student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop” class sent me an email that gave me another reason to have hope amid the difficult headlines in recent months and even hours. He gave me permission to share his email below. Some background before I continue: The students were assigned to present… Continue reading what the world needs now….
One of the neat things about the mix tape and mix tape essay assignment for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course is being introduced to music I’d hadn’t heard or paid much attention to before (loved “music is all we got” sentiment expressed in “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper… Continue reading mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!
Yesterday I finally saw “Queen of Katwe,” a motion picture about an African girl who becomes a chess champion. I was struck by the power surrounding the word “city” as her instructor shared stories of how he felt alongside seemingly better chess players who resided in urban spaces. I was reminded again of the importance… Continue reading spring with the city in view
I was touched last night to see my colleague Michelle Robinson, a professor in the University of Alabama’s Department of English, present a project on which she has focused her energies for nearly two years. Working with three graduate students, she answered a call by the mayor of Alabama’s Hobson City to recover the town’s… Continue reading Hobson City via photos from young women