American History · american swagger · Uncategorized

punk rock swagger and beyond

As we begin our final full week of course work in “American Swagger,” I remain deeply proud of my students’ analytical skills and their ability to make connections. This week, their main text is Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, which sheds light on the impact of the 2008 financial collapse on a wealthy white family… Continue reading punk rock swagger and beyond

American History · film · Uncategorized

bringing it all together

We have just under two weeks left in my “American Swagger” class. This week’s assignments include watching the 2005 documentary How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It). It concerns the life of filmmaker-composer-playwright Melvin Van Peebles. The Chicago native is the only African American to have had two shows on Broadway at… Continue reading bringing it all together

american swagger · Uncategorized

the shadow supports the substance

This week, students enrolled in my “American Swagger” class are thinking through the across time possibilities and limitations of gender, race, class and  ethnicity  while studying the way in which people, even ones deemed mere commodities, make claims to power, which is to say, how they manifest swagger. The term “swagger” has a long history,… Continue reading the shadow supports the substance

American History · swagger

antebellum america swagger site up

It is always wonderful to have the chance to share my students’ discoveries. Happy to say excerpts from the capstone papers in my “Antebellum America Swagger” (HY 430) course are now up. Because of the pandemic, we are using this digital sharing to give students an opportunity to see each other’s work. They were charged… Continue reading antebellum america swagger site up