One of the great things about being in the academy is reconnecting with friends you met in graduate school. I have had this feeling lately owing to my renewed contact with author Kalisha Buckhanon. She recently interviewed me about my book Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinous University… Continue reading thank you, Kalisha
Chris Rock got a bit repetitive. I had to put the Oscars on mute every now and then to flip teach. This is as good a time as any to flip it, or get students in my my “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” undergraduate class to start learning before class begins.… Continue reading an oscar pause
We are three weeks into the semester and things are progressing nicely with a new course, “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music.” I have enjoyed seeing the students mull over the topics they hope to pursue as a research project. Their task: writing a substantial research paper with a clear argument and archive… Continue reading postwar stories
It’s coming together. I teach History, am a former journalist and have long had creative interests. Next semester, some of those interests will come together, I hope, in a meaningful way. Minus a little more tinkering (even a published book, one professor once told me, is just another draft), a film that has been… Continue reading putting it all together
Even though I can’t dance, and know I’m getting old because my students have to tell me everything that is hip, videos like the one at the top of this entry remind me of some of the things I love about my job: you may not think the students are paying attention, but they are.… Continue reading why i teach
Here is a Youtube clip featuring a zine revealing the connections some of my students made between a turn-of-the-century scrapbook kept by a young Bessemer, Alabama, woman, their own lives and the antebellum period. So much of the material before us emerged as being a “coming of age” moment. It was a pleasure teaching this group.
Students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” course had an unexpected break. A guest speaker had a bad cold. As I had not prepared an extra lecture to fill in the time (the hazards of a new class when you are often only a page ahead of the students), I thought we’d take advantage of the… Continue reading water matters