[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
June 26-27: Kurtis Kendall’s Guest Post on Athlete Activism: Ending the month in a few with a great Guest Post, and started it with one too, FSU superstar alum on activist athletes!
June 28: Talking Of Thee I Sing: GCE Lab School: A series on my book talks thus far kicks off with the coincidental timing of my January 7th talk and what it helped me think about.
June 29: Talking Of Thee I Sing: Toadstool Bookshop: The series continues with the limits and benefits of virtual talks for a bookstore where I gave an in-person talk in 2019.
June 30: Talking Of Thee I Sing: The Boston Athenaeum: An excellent audience question that helped me think through an important analogy, as the series talks on.
July 1: Talking Of Thee I Sing: Mass Historical Society: How a wonderful archive helps me highlight the inspiration for the book’s title.
July 2: Talking Of Thee I Sing: What’s Next: The series concludes with a type of talk I’m particularly excited to schedule in the Fall!
July 3-4: Of Thee I Sing and Patriotism in 2021: A special weekend post on education, history, and patriotism in 2021 America.
July 5: Work in American Literature: Melville and the Lowell Offering: A series for one of my summer classes kicks off with two distinct but complementary ways to give voice to working women.
July 6: Work in American Literature: Phelps’ “Tenth of January”: The series concludes with a short story that combines local color and sentimental fiction to become so much more.
July 7: Work in American Literature: Depression Novels: Two unique novels that together help us remember the Great Depression’s effects on America’s workers.
July 8: Work in American Literature: “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper”: A quick but stunning poetic representation of work and identity.
July 9: Work in American Literature: Imbolo Mbue and Behold the Dreamers: The series concludes with two takeaways from a compelling creative reading and talk.
July 10-11: Pop Culture Workers: One of my favorite recent posts, on five pop culture characters—from City of Hope’s Nick Rinaldi to Hustlers’ Destiny/Dorothy—who represent the spectrum of 21C work.
July 12: Summer Camp Contexts: Camp Virginia: A summer camp series kicks off with the unique historical camp without which there’d be no AmericanStudier.
July 13: Summer Camp Contexts: Hello Muddah: The series continues with the very American afterlives of a classic camp (sorry) song.
July 14: Summer Camp Contexts: Jewish Summer Camps: Ethnicity, community, and preservation and revision of tradition, as the series camps on.
July 15: Summer Camp Contexts: Playing Indian: The camp tradition that embodies a troubling American trend, and what we can do about it.
July 16: Summer Camp Contexts: Friday the 13th: The series concludes with what camp has come to mean in the late 20th century, and what to make of the change.
July 19: Expanding Histories: The Treaty of Adams-Onís: On the 200th anniversary of the US acquisition of Florida, a post on the layers to that treaty kicks off a series on expanding our histories of expansion.
July 20: Expanding Histories: United States v. Burr: The series continues with two dark sides to expansion that an infamous trial helps us better remember.
July 21: Expanding Histories: A True Picture of Emigration: A forgotten book that helps us engage with the settler experiences in settler colonialism, as the series expands on.
July 22: Expanding Histories: Life Among the Piutes: The horrifying and inspiring effects of reading a vital text on Native American experiences of an expanding US.
July 23: Expanding Histories: The Squatter and the Don: The series concludes with a handful of pieces where I consider a hugely important Mexican American author and book.
July 24-25: Expanding Histories: How to Hide an Empire: A special weekend tribute to one of the most original and compelling works of historical scholarship in recent years.
July 26: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Ed Simon: The first in a series of tributes to awesome fellow AmericanStudiers!
July 27: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Christina Proenza-Coles: The second in that series!
July 28: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.: The third in that series!
July 29: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Kathryn Ostrofsky: The fourth in that series!
July 30: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: New Podcasts: The series concludes with five recent AMST podcasts you should all check out!
Next series starts Monday, and another great Guest Post coming this weekend first,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!