I returned to Alabama last night with an Ebertfest high. Just what the doctor ordered – literally – after very stressful recent weeks. Five days of films and panels and warm conversations with old and new friends. I first met Mr. Ebert in 2002 when I was a volunteer for the Sundance Film Festival.… Continue reading ebertfest high
As we march toward the end of the semester, I have started retweaking the syllabi for two courses I haven’t taught in awhile: Antebellum America and American Civilization Since 1865. Both courses push my thinking as I approach my next book project, which explores the spatial politics in Florida from the Seminoles’… Continue reading prepping for Fall 2018 …already
Today was one of those days when you realize that things are really working out no matter what. As I ended my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” course, a student who was completing her in-class reflection on the topic at hand said she’d never had a class where she was invited… Continue reading one of those days when..
Yesterday students enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Music and Young America” class visited Gorgas Library. The library is located here at the University of Alabama. They learned a bit more about sampling, or taking sounds from existing music, in order to create beats. The visit provided a way for them to also become… Continue reading On Beat
If I told you I was walking on sunshine, would you believe me? Reason: I can see the end of the road for this semester. One reason why I can see it is because I always team-teach the Civil War with my senior colleague and partner John Beeler at the end of the semester. Today,… Continue reading musings
I was traveling for most of yesterday and just learned jazz critic Nat Hentoff died. He was 91. What a man. Some of his writings are on reserve for my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” class. I first met Nat while I was promoting my second book, a biography on Grant Green,… Continue reading a Nat Hentoff memory
I just got off the phone with Charles Ferrell, Director of Public Programs, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, a Smithsonian affiliate, in Detroit. I’m so excited about sharing that the documentary will be shown there on June 6, Grant’s birthday. It’s also an honor to share that there will be… Continue reading green things