Work continues on the upcoming Space Matters installation that will open with New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez reading from a short story set in the South. We are in the final stretch. The above image was sent to the University of Alabama’s eTech folks for view on hallway television monitors around campus. Meanwhile,… Continue reading space matters
This week, the graduate students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course turn to a story of “war and what comes after” as offered by Clemantine Wamariya with assistance from Elizabeth Weil. Rwanda and Chicago are front and center. But so are other places, most of them on the continent of Africa. Will… Continue reading will they
Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins March 25. On the burner again for me will be teaching “Antebellum America” and “American Civilization Since 1865.” Plenty of overlap will exist between these classes. How much has changed socially? Where do we see progress? Where does history repeat? How is power consolidated? Troubled? Which bodies are… Continue reading fall 2019, or on the fun and the difficult conversation
Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ Wench is a hard novel. But it is so necessary. I remember reading it with recognition a few years ago. This imagined work brought to life the experiences of the enslaved and freedwomen and children who had the “favor” of southern white men while surviving unspeakable horrors. I have always been drawn to… Continue reading tying it together
The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) meeting in Oxford, Mississippi, was absolutely wonderful. I feel more comfortable about my ongoing interest in Zora Neale Hurston’s time in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950 as presented in paper shared there last week. I also feel encouraged after meeting so many scholars, among them… Continue reading sewsa moments and beyond
Shared close ups of my “Church Ladies” piece with a new friend today. It’s now above my home office desk after being part of a recent exhibit at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Still digging Solange’s latest. Yassss, #Floridawater.
I am still tinkering with my Zora Neale Hurston paper for SEWSA, which addresses the acclaimed novelist’s time in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950. As I write, my thoughts overlap with ideas being introduced in today’s Great Depression lecture in my “American Civilization Since 1865” class. I’ve already addressed in class how… Continue reading on housing, Miami and Zora