[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
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!
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.
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.
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
1: Talking Of Thee I Sing: Mass Historical Society: How a wonderful archive
helps me highlight the inspiration for the book’s title.
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!
3-4: Of Thee I Sing and Patriotism in 2021: A special weekend post on
education, history, and patriotism in 2021 America.
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.
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.
7: Work in American Literature: Depression Novels: Two unique novels that
together help us remember the Great Depression’s effects on America’s workers.
8: Work in American Literature: “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper”: A
quick but stunning poetic representation of work and identity.
9: Work in American Literature: Imbolo Mbue and Behold the Dreamers: The
series concludes with two takeaways from a compelling creative reading and
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.
12: Summer Camp Contexts: Camp Virginia: A summer camp series kicks off
with the unique historical camp without which there’d be no AmericanStudier.
13: Summer Camp Contexts: Hello Muddah: The series continues with the very
American afterlives of a classic camp (sorry) song.
14: Summer Camp Contexts: Jewish Summer Camps: Ethnicity, community, and
preservation and revision of tradition, as the series camps on.
15: Summer Camp Contexts: Playing Indian: The camp tradition that embodies
a troubling American trend, and what we can do about it.
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.
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.
20: Expanding Histories: United States v. Burr: The series continues with
two dark sides to expansion that an infamous trial helps us better remember.
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.
22: Expanding Histories: Life Among the Piutes: The horrifying and
inspiring effects of reading a vital text on Native American experiences of an
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.
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.
26: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Ed Simon: The first in a series of tributes
to awesome fellow AmericanStudiers!
27: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Christina Proenza-Coles: The second in
28: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.: The third in
29: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: Kathryn Ostrofsky: The fourth in that
30: AmericanStudiers to Highlight: New Podcasts: The series concludes with
five recent AMST podcasts you should all check out!
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!