The Black Gotham Experience is a multimedia interdisciplinary exploration of the black experience in New York City. If you have not heard of it, you should consider checking it out. The mix of performance, photography, and history to uncover the forgotten complexity of the black experience in New York City is worth your time.
I presented on Marvel Comic's Black Panther as part of the 10th Comics and Popular Art Conference at Dragon-Con in Atlanta on September 1st. I've never attended CPAC, but like the Comics Arts Conference (CAC) at San Diego Comic-Con, the competition to get into the CPAC is extremely fierce. I'm lucky I teamed up with Phillip Lamarr Cunningham ( Quinnipiac University) Gabriel Cruz (Bowling Green University) for this panel on race and representation in Marvel Comics. I've written about the Black Panther before, but his analysis is specifically about the new series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Of course, I think there s synergy between Coates' essays for The Atlantic and his run on Black Panther. I think I managed to make some great points. Now, I need to find the time to move these ideas forward.
In this travel log from South Africa, I reflect on the role of education in South Africa. Countless times we met with people that talked about the centrality of education to future stability in South Africa.
This is another travel log from my summer trip to South Africa.
I'm thankful to Ben Brotemarkle and the folks at the Florida Historical Society (FHS) for recognizing my Advocate Recovered (AR) project with Hampton Dunn Internet Award. It is a great honor to be recognized by one of the oldest historical society in the United States for this generative digital history project.
The students that worked on AR have helped to redefine the history of Hannibal Square, the historic black community in Winter Park, Florida. Our collective work has brought the fragments of an African-American newspaper printed in the 1890s and thought to be lost, back to the public sphere. I think we have helped build a better understanding of the black experience in Winter Park. My thanks to Wenxian Zhang, Rachel Walton, and Darla Moore for their support for this ongoing project. The Olin Library Special Collection and Archive has been revelation for my classes. Thanks to Amy Sugar and Scott Bokash for the technical support for this and many other project. My thanks to my colleagues Claire Strom, Jim Norris, Hannah Ewing, and Yusheng Yao for their commitment to innovative teaching. We are a crazy bunch, but we trend toward genius. Of course, Rollins is a community of dedicated teachers and scholars and I have learned a lot from conversations with many people. Robert Vander Poppen, Joshua Almond, Dawn Roe, Vidhu Aggarwal, and Rachel Simmons have helped me shape my digital practice. I somehow neglected Robert Cassanello, which is crazy because his digital mastery inspires me and Scot French who is like electronic godfather. Thanks to both of them!