caribbean rim · happiness · urban

on happiness…and trying to figure it out

Still thinking about the idea of happiness, topic of last week’s conversation in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate course. I’ll tell you what…happiness is when you hear from three former students in one day. Two headed to grad school. One needing a letter of recommendation. One just wanting to talk about whether grad… Continue reading on happiness…and trying to figure it out

caribbean · gentrification · hip hop · Latino · maps · migration · slavery · teaching · urban

old book (and a new one) rock

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

africa · caribbean · cities · gentrification · graduate student · higher education · miami · migration · slavery · teaching · urban · women's history

spring with the city in view

Yesterday I finally saw “Queen of Katwe,” a motion picture about an African girl who becomes a chess champion. I was struck by the power surrounding the word “city” as her instructor shared stories of how he felt alongside seemingly better chess players who resided in urban spaces. I was reminded again of the importance… Continue reading spring with the city in view