[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
January 4: Hope-full Texts: “A Long December”: A New Year’s series on hope-full cultural works starts with the Counting Crows song we were all quoting as December and 2020 ended.
January 5: Hope-full Texts: The Marrow of Tradition: The series continues the hard-won hope at the end of my favorite American novel.
January 6: Hope-full Texts: The Shawshank Redemption: What we can learn about hope from three famous quotes in the cult classic film, as the series hopes on.
January 7: Hope-full Texts: “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”: One of the most beautiful poetic visions of hope, and an equally moving essay about it by one of my favorite AmericanStudiers.
January 8: Hope-full Texts: Radical Hope: The series concludes with perhaps the best of the many things I’ve learned from inspiring fellow teachers and scholars like Kevin Gannon.
January 9-10: Crowd-sourced Hope: My favorite crowd-sourced post ever, with countless responses from fellow AmericanHopers in all the week’s categories and more.
January 11: Of Thee I Sing: Celebratory Patriotism: In honor of my forthcoming book, a series on my four categories of patriotism starts with the most familiar.
January 12: Of Thee I Sing: Mythic Patriotism: The book series continues with the exclusionary, white supremacist form of patriotism that our celebrations too often morph into.
January 13: Of Thee I Sing: Active Patriotism: The first of my two alternative categories of patriotism, as the series rolls on.
January 14: Of Thee I Sing: Critical Patriotism: The alternative form of patriotism for which my book is ultimately arguing.
January 15-16: Sharing Of Thee I Sing: The series concludes with a special post on five of the many places and ways I’d love to share this book and the contested history of American patriotism.
January 17: Emily Hamilton-Honey’s Hope-full Guest Post: Following up the prior weekend’s Crowd-sourced Post, my twitter friend Emily shared some further thoughts on texts that offer hope!
January 18: MLK Histories: The Real King: My annual MLK Day post on remembering the full Martin Luther King Jr. beyond the most famous speech.
January 19: MLK Histories: “Give Us the Ballot”: A series on under-remembered King texts kicks off with one of his first prominent public speeches.
January 20: MLK Histories: Stride Toward Freedom: The series continues with his memoir and collective history of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott.
January 21: MLK Histories: Where Do We Go from Here?: King’s final book and the first of two ways to think about his work resonating beyond his death, as the series rolls on.
January 22: MLK Histories: The Poor People’s Campaign: The series concludes with the collective action and the second of two ways to think about King’s work resonating beyond his assassination.
January 23-24: MLK’s 21st Century Heirs: A special weekend post on five figures who carry King’s legacy into the 21st century.
January 25: Spring 2021 Previews: First-Year Writing II: A Spring semester series kicks off with balancing schedule flexibility and assignment scaffolding in first-year writing.
January 26: Spring 2021 Previews: American Lit II: The series continues with the drawbacks and benefits of radically reworking a survey course’s chronology.
January 27: Spring 2021 Previews: Major American Writers of the 20th Century: How to achieve depth without longer works and what I fear might be lost in the process, as the series teaches on.
January 28: Spring 2021 Previews: American Art and Lit 1800-1860: The temptation of the familiar and pushing toward something new—with your help!
January 29: Spring 2021 Previews: Projects Old and New: The series concludes with three scholarly projects on my radar this Spring.
Super Bowl series starts Monday,
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