This is one of those rare weeks when what I am teaching in my intro-level course “American Civilization Since 1865” undergraduate class overlaps nicely with what is being discussed in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate class. In the former, I am addressing turn of the century reform efforts, hardening attitudes toward race and… Continue reading on judgement and self determination
It was so wonderful to be back in the classroom yesterday. My graduate students did a great job tackling Imani Perry’s bio on Lorraine Hansberry. It was a perfect book to have before me in a week where I turned 52 and found pleasure in setting boundaries. Like Hansberry, I have grown firmer in my… Continue reading no place like home
Loving my final playlist for my Gender, Race and (Urban) Space Spring 2019 course.
A lot has been written about Aretha Franklin this week. Just had to document again my love for the strength in this woman. As a minister’s daughter, I can only guess the many things she saw and heard in the church. We were fortunate to see her take that past and bend/blend it in wonderful… Continue reading hailing the queen
I am so looking forward to an upcoming meeting with my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate students. After Spring Break, we turn to Tiya Miles’ recently published historical study on Detroit. Last fall, I told Tiya, a cherished colleague, about how her book helped me see why I felt strong as a woman of… Continue reading Detroit days meet important monograph
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
I look forward to today’s conversation with graduate students in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course. We will take up excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’ 1899 study on African American life in Philadelphia, excerpts from St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton’s 1945 study on Chicago and Gilbert Osofsky’s 1968 essay on the… Continue reading mapping compexity in & outside classrooms