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Scholar Fierce: What We Can Learn From Sub-Optimal Questions

We tell our students that there is no such thing as a stupid question. On the one hand, that’s true. For that context, there are truly few questions that shouldn’t be asked. In an environment where you’re trying to cultivate … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 4 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today felt like a Monday: all sluggish and slow. My body wasn’t doing as I wanted, but that’s not new to me. The archive still beckoned. As I rode to The Huntington, I was immersed in Tavia Nyong’o’s The Amalgamation … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XIII: Because Perfection Is Not The Issue

In my Literary Theory class, I had long resigned myself to the fact that I could not teach them everything in 12 weeks. As an antidote to leaving many more theories out, I designed a presentation assignment where the students … Continue reading

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Teaching an Accessible Classroom

As I look forward to next semester, I’m trying to figure out how to plan my Black Poetry class and my course on Black Literary Theory. Every professor knows that after the texts are ordered and the dates are clear, … Continue reading

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Episodes of the Epicurean: Week 1

While on corticosteroids, as a young woman, I quickly learned to distrust my hunger. Most pervasive cultural messages told me to eat less, diet more, and consider food within a binary of good and bad. Especially if I was to … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VIII: When the Flesh is Absent

It was not a teachable moment. A picture was posted of me teaching on the Bates College Facebook page. The caption gave a snapshot of the day’s lesson: that a cheeseburger is a metaphor for good analytical paragraphs. In the … Continue reading

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Political Flesh V: Teaching Trayvon Martin

Political Flesh V: Teaching Trayvon Martin we got to carry each other now either you are with life or against it affirm life affirm life affirm life. (Suheir Hammad, “first writing since”) In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

Normally, when I am travelling, I tend to find myself in some small misadventure that exposes the ignorance of those around me. It usually involves a smart aleck comment or a set of strange assumptions or a denial of assistance … Continue reading

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A Word On Office Hours

Office hours can be alternately exciting and dreadful for both professors and students. It is the in-between space. Not quite classroom and not quite hanging out. I often encourage students to make use of my office hours for several specific–albeit … Continue reading

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Toward some Disability Studies approaches to reading

This was originally posted on the SIUE Black Studies blog. See here. As I gear up to teach “Intro to Disability Studies,” I find myself wanting to be prescriptive about how students should read a text in a disability-centered fashion. … Continue reading

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