antebellum · courage · narratives · postbellum

fall 2019, or on the fun and the difficult conversation

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

American History · gender

on housing, Miami and Zora

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

Seminoles · turkeys

another “why we do what we do” story

Some of you know I am learning about the Seminole Indians’ encounters with the U.S. military in the years leading to the Civil War. I address them while studying spatial politics in Florida from the antebellum period through the arrival of turn of the century black Bahamians and the rise of the University of Miami… Continue reading another “why we do what we do” story


The Tide, the U and serendipity

A bit of serendipity this week. The University of Alabama’s head footbal coach Nick Saban is said to be bringing on the University of Miami’s defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. This week, my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate class will be exploring urban spatial and racial dynamics by making ties between UM’s football program… Continue reading The Tide, the U and serendipity