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
A new semester is upon us. Spring 2015 no less even though it is winter here in Tuscaloosa. First day of classes done. Two new courses, “Antebellum America” and “Gender, Race and the Urban Space,” the former an undergraduate course, the latter my first grad course. In both, I am thinking of how to continue… Continue reading seasons
Okay, so here’s my first New Year’s Resolution: Blog in one place. Or two. I think.
Last night’s premiere of the students’ music video featuring “Druid City” by Tuscaloosa band Bible Study went great. It’s been so wonderful learning about emerging life in America during the nineteenth century with these students. What an incredible bunch. See video here. Off to Atlanta Saturday for our SEC playoff game against Missouri. Roll Tide!
Today is the “world premiere” of “Druid City: A Music Video,” a project created by the students enrolled in my The Nineteenth Century City course. For a second year, Tuscaloosa, the city in which the University of Alabama sits, is in the starring role as we delve into emerging urban life here and elsewhere. Along… Continue reading student music video premieres today
As mentioned on last night’s The Nineteenth Century City course blog posting, the trailer for the “Druid City” music video as performed by Bible Study, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, band, is now up on YouTube. This video and accompanying short documentary unveils the culmination of the students learning about how city life emerges in the United… Continue reading Trailer for student music video released
It’s been two weeks now since the tech conference in Denver. Barreling toward the end of the semester. Lecturing on Jacksonian America and all its peculiarities and having a wonderful time watching students enrolled in my “The Nineteenth Century City” course gathering footage and photos for the “world premiere” of their music video. Once again,… Continue reading tuscaloosa in starring role of student music video