Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ava DuVernay’s 13th: It’s About Hope, Not History

“The 13th Amendment’s loophole gave license to a system that has brutalized black and brown men and women in the United States. DuVernay’s 13th responds by asserting a fierce, relentless humanity that neither law nor the systems it has set in place … Continue reading

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Birthright Citizenship: A Close Look at a Federalist Society Debate

The debate over birthright citizenship is alive, well, and still happening in polite circles. At least this is true in Federalist Society circles, here with Gerald Walpin on one side and David B. Rivkin, Jr. and John C. Yoo on the other. This debate turns on … Continue reading

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Me, as Performer?

I blame my colleague, curator Amanda Krugliak, for persuading me to put my thoughts out there in a new form — performance. Not just any performance, mind you. I’m taking part in a production of John Cage’s “How to Get … Continue reading

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“Visiting” the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History and Culture

My friend, historian Emily Clark, posted this image of Johnnetta Cole’s Bennett College inauguration robe during her visit to the NMAAHC. I was moved because I was at Bennett College when I saw the post, getting ready to deliver the … Continue reading

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Reading L.D. Burnett’s “In Conclusion.”

I’m reading L.D. Burnett, from her recent paper at the USIH meeting. I most often encounter her via a quick quip on Facebook or Twitter. So I was all the more moved to find her here, in long form, thinking out … Continue reading

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