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mix tapes and essays graded. well done, students!

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!

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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

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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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on roses and concrete…a commercial break

A student enrolled in my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course stopped by today. He’s still thinking through how to approach his research paper on gun violence in the United States as seen in the work of two hip hop artists. I was pleased to see him recognize the reference to Tupac… Continue reading on roses and concrete…a commercial break