July 2020

Throwback Thursday | Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we return to the question, what can studies of environment tell us about African American experiences? In his recent book, Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Richard Mizelle argues that blues music, Richard Wright’s stories, NAACP documents, and black newspapers open a window onto a more thorough understanding of the Mississippi River flood of 1927—the most destructive flood in U.S.

Throwback Thursday | Building Power via Community Care

This Thowback Thursday, we return to an important conversation with Monica O. Montgomery, who shares cultivation methods, engagement strategies, and cultural advocacy practices to enrich your socially responsive practice. Liberated space is right below your feet as you discover your role in championing change. Find inspiration in heritage and community histories and seek justice in museums, society, and beyond.

Throwback Thursday | Settler Colonial Legacies: U.S. Racial Formation, American Exceptionalism and White Nationalist Xenophobia

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re returning to this ever timely conversation from September 2017. Evelyn Nakano Glenn takes the British settler colonial origins of the U.S. seriously by arguing for its foundational importance and continuing significance in American political and social formations. The talk examines how American national identity, racial stratification, and central concepts such as sovereignty, citizenship, property, and freedom developed in the context of territorial expansion, encounters with exogenous others, reliance on chattel slavery, and mass immigration.