caribbean · gentrification · hip hop · Latino · maps · migration · slavery · teaching · urban

old book (and a new one) rock

I went to South Florida to see my family and friends for the holiday. My beach pick was a reread of Saidiyah Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, one of several books I will assign in my “Gender, Race and Urban” Space class for the Spring 2017 semester. I read this wonderful book… Continue reading old book (and a new one) rock

africa · caribbean · cities · gentrification · graduate student · higher education · miami · migration · slavery · teaching · urban · women's history

spring with the city in view

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

author · digital humanities · film · migration · teaching · technology

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 · gentrification · migration · teaching · Uncategorized

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