Saturday, June 27, 2015
June 27-28, 2015: June 2015 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
June 1: Mount Auburn Connections: Origin Points: A series on the beautiful Cambridge site starts with three ways to contextualize its 19th century origins.
June 2: Mount Auburn Connections: Blanche Linden: The series continues with three inspiring sides to the cemetery’s most significant historian.
June 3: Mount Auburn Connections: Robert Gould Shaw: What his Mount Auburn memorial adds to our collective memories of the abolitionist and Civil War colonel, as the series rolls on.
June 4: Mount Auburn Connections: Mary Baker Eddy: How her memorial helps us live out the best legacy of a controversial 19th century figure.
June 5: Mount Auburn Connections: Cemeteries and the Past: The series concludes with two overt ways and one more subtle one that cemeteries can help us remember.
June 6-7: Crowd-sourced Spring Walks: Lots more spring walks and sites shared by fellow AmericanStudiers—add yours in comments, please!
June 8: North Carolina Stories: Wilmington and Hope: A Tarheel series starts with the paradoxical but vital urgency of hope.
June 9: North Carolina Stories: Thomas Wolfe: The series continues with the ironically forgotten novelist and why we should remember and read him.
June 10: North Carolina Stories: Duke Lacrosse: The pendulum, the benefit of the doubt, and the role of public scholars, as the series rolls on.
June 11: North Carolina Stories: North Carolina Basketball: On schadenfreude and the worst and best of collegiate athletics.
June 12: North Carolina Stories: Moral Mondays: The series concludes with two complex contexts for the inspiring current protest movement.
June 13-14: Playing a Significant Role: In honor of my best friend’s birthday, a special post on role-playing games and their stigmas and value.
June 15: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Killing Mister Watson: My annual Beach Reads series kicks off with the atmospheric historical thriller that’s also a lot more.
June 16: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Pleasantville: The series continues with a new novel that literally forced its way onto my summer reading list.
June 17: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Alexie’s Diary: Three things to know about Sherman Alexie’s young adult classic, as the series rolls on.
June 18: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Big Man: The autobiography as messy and entertaining as its larger-than-life author.
June 19: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: A Tragic, Compelling Life: The series concludes with a recent book that makes the case for why we should and must get serious at the beach.
June 20-21: Crowd-sourced Responses to the Charleston Terrorist Attack: Following up the horrific terrorist attack as Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME church, a handful of the best public scholarly responses to the killings—please add your thoughts and links in comments!
June 22: Gordon Parks and America: A Stunning Exhibition: A series inspired by the current, wonderful MFA exhibition opens with a few thoughts on the exhibition’s stunning photos.
June 23: Gordon Parks and America: A Photographer’s Life: The series continues with three impressive and exemplary projects from Parks’ long career.
June 24: Gordon Parks and America: The Learning Tree: Remembering Parks’ autobiographical novel and even more groundbreaking film version, as the series rolls on.
June 25: Gordon Parks and America: Shaft: How Parks helps us understand the problems and the possibilities of the blaxsploitation genre.
June 26: Gordon Parks and America: Portrait Photos and the Past: The series concludes with some reflections on what portraits can’t teach us about the past, and what they can.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!