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
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
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
To conclude the semester, I wanted to find the messiest postwar site on campus and share it with students enrolled in the Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music class. By messy, I mean a spot where we could see the enormous progress made in this country since the Second World War amid ongoing… Continue reading semester ends at Bryant Denny
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….