Saturday, September 28, 2019
September 28-29, 2019: September 2019 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
September 2: Academic Labor: Adjunctification: In place of my usual semester previews I featured a series on academic labor, starting with the disastrous & dehumanizing central higher ed trend.
September 3: Academic Labor: My Union: The series continues with formal and informal ways that my faculty union represents the best of 21C academic labor.
September 4: Academic Labor: Scholarly Organizations as Advocates: How an international and a regional academic organization can take part in labor conversations, as the series continues.
September 5: Academic Labor: SSN and the Promise and Cherish Acts: Two vital pieces of proposed legislation in Massachusetts, and how academics can get more involved in supporting them.
September 6: Academic Labor: Further Reading: The series concludes with a handful of pieces and voices to keep the academic labor conversations going.
September 7-8: Academic Labor: Hire Jeff Renye!: A special weekend tribute to my friend and colleague who represents the frustrations and the possibilities of adjunct faculty.
September 9: Slave Rebellions: The Stono Rebellion: On the 280th anniversary of a largely forgotten slave revolt, a series on such rebellions begins with two historical lessons from that event.
September 10: Slave Rebellions: Gabriel’s Rebellion: The series continues with how a thwarted 1800 revolt both echoes and diverges from familiar historical tropes.
September 11: Slave Rebellions: Denmark Vesey: Three compelling details about the leader of a thwarted 1822 South Carolina rebellion, as the series rolls on.
September 12: Slave Rebellions: Nat Turner: A challenge and a benefit to remembering the rebel leader as a Virginia and American hero.
September 13: Slave Rebellions: Henry Highland Garnet’s Address: The series concludes with the contextual and contemporary significance of a controversial speech.
September 14-15: Representing Slave Rebellions: Anticipating the forthcoming film Harriet, a weekend post on five cultural representations of slave revolts.
September 16: Constitution Week: The Articles of Confederation: A Constitution Day series kicks off with what was drastically different in the nation’s first founding documents, and what wasn’t.
September 17: Constitution Week: The Anti-Federalists: The series continues with three equally salient ways to frame the Constitution’s opposition.
September 18: Constitution Week: The Bill of Rights: The history, significance, and limits of the Constitution’s first evolution, as the series rolls on.
September 19: Constitution Week: Gordon Barker’s Vital Book: A great scholarly work that helps us understand a vital Constitutional and Early Republic question.
September 20: Constitution Week: Birthright Citizenship: The series concludes with how a post-Civil War debate reveals complex, crucial realities of both the Constitution and public scholarship.
September 21-22: Constitution Week: 21st Century Threats: A special weekend post on current threats to the Constitution that has become even more relevant in the subsequent week!
September 23: AmericanStudy a Banned Book: Huck Finn and The Giver: A Banned Books Week series begins with the distinction between banned and challenged books, and why it matters.
September 24: AmericanStudy a Banned Book: The Chocolate War and A Separate Peace: The series continues with two iconic, frequently banned YA novels that fractured my innocence alongside that of their characters.
September 25: AmericanStudy a Banned Book: The Satanic Verses: When banning becomes censorship and the best way to respond to it, as the series reads on.
September 26: AmericanStudy a Banned Book: Heather Has Two Mommies: The children’s book that reveals how cultural representations both challenge prejudice and welcome diverse audiences.
September 27: AmericanStudy a Banned Book: 2018’s Most Challenged Books: The series concludes with three takeaways from the ALA’s annual list of the most challenged books.
Next series starts Monday,
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