Saturday, April 27, 2019
April 27-28, 2019: April 2019 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
April 1: 80s Comedies: Airplane: An April Fool’s series kicks off with what makes a successful parody, and what makes a truly great one.
April 2: 80s Comedies: Ghostbusters: The series continues with two ways to analyze science and the supernatural in the classic scary comedy.
April 3: 80s Comedies: Back to the Future: What the time travel comedy gets wrong and what it gets rights, as the series laughs on.
April 4: 80s Comedies: Home Alone: The interesting, American layers underneath one of our silliest holiday comedies.
April 5: 80s Comedies: Working Girl: The series concludes with the inspiring and frustrating female characters of a socially thoughtful dramedy.
April 6-7: Crowd-sourced 80s Comedies: My latest crowd-sourced post, featuring the responses and nominations of fellow ComedyStudiers—add yours in comments, please!
April 8: StatueStudying: The Statue of Liberty: A StatueStudying series kicks off with gaps in our memories of an iconic American statue.
April 9: StatueStudying: Saddam: The series continues with an anniversary post on the value of recognizing US hypocrisies and the need to get beyond them.
April 10: StatueStudying: The Shaw Memorial: A historically, culturally, and symbolically crucial statue and monument, as the series rolls on.
April 11: StatueStudying: Christ of the Ozarks: A few illuminating contexts for a ginormous Christian statue.
April 12: StatueStudying: The Spirit of Detroit and the Cleveland War Memorial Fountain: The inspiring messages and missing histories of two linked Midwestern statues.
April 13-14: StatueStudying: Charlottesville Statues and Memorials: The series concludes with two distinct spaces in which Cville seeks to remember, and one hope moving forward.
April 15: Patriots’ Day: My annual Patriots’ Day post, on Martin’s Game of Thrones and the easy and hard forms of patriotism.
April 16: Patriots’ Day Texts: “This Land”: A series on critically patriotic texts kicks off with three layers to Gary Clark Jr.’s raw and compelling song and video.
April 17: Patriots’ Day Texts: “Let America Be America Again”: The series continues with how Langston Hughes’s fiery poems helps us challenge a superficially patriotic slogan.
April 18: Patriots’ Day Texts: “The Land of the Free”: Two critically patriotic texts that together produce one of our best recent cultural works, as the series rolls on.
April 19: Patriots’ Day Texts: The Rise of David Levinsky: The series concludes with a fascinating text that explores, extols, and explodes the rags to riches narrative.
April 20-21: Patriots’ Day Texts: We the People: A special weekend update on my forthcoming book!
April 22: Earth Day Studying: Animated Activisms: An Earth Day series kicks off with three examples of the link between animation and the environment.
April 23: Earth Day Studying: Climate Change Voices: The series continues with how a few inspiring historical voices would suggest we respond to our current crisis.
April 24: Earth Day Studying: Henry David Thoreau: Three ways to honor Thoreau and celebrate Earth Day, as the series rolls on.
April 25: Earth Day Studying: Edward Abbey: How the author and environmentalist reflects three distinct and even contrasting forms of activism.
April 26: Earth Day Studying: Contemporary Works: The series concludes with three recent books that carry environmental writing into the 21st century.
Next series starts Monday,
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