Girls in the Civil Rights Movement

As Black History Month begins, there are a plethora of lists circulating on the web of resources to use for learning more about Black History. Black history is American history.  In this space, I wanted to briefly share the stories of some girls who were visible parts of the Civil Rights Movement. When I wrote … Continue reading

The Queen’s Gambit, Addiction, Grief, and Genius

Like many people in the last few weeks, I started watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix and ended up binge-watching it because it is just that good. The seven-episode limited series follows the rise of chess master Beth Harmon from her learning to play from the janitor at her orphanage to playing the Russian world champion. I … Continue reading

Girls in Horror Movies 2015-2020

Girls have long been an integral part of horror movies, from Final Girls to girls possessed by demons, so many of the best victims and heroes in horror are little girls or teenage Scream Queens. For part four of my spooky season series, I took a look at horror movies released in the last five … Continue reading

Books on School Integration and Racism

School busing has been in the news again as a result of the conflict between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his runningmate Kamala Harris during the primary debate last year over Biden’s stance on busing in the 1980s. School integration has long been a complicated part of race relations in the United States. In … Continue reading

Catching Up, Conferences and All

I’m obviously having trouble keeping up with blogging this semester. I’m teaching two courses, which means a lot of grading and responding to student emails and work. Plus, even though I always tell myself I’m not going to, I take up their drafts and give them feedback–so I’m really grading every paper twice. Times 44. … Continue reading

Fall Semester is a Go

For the first time in years I was ready to go back to school. I found myself pacing my  home office making stacks of books, ready to just get back into the routine. Each month of the summer felt like it’s own summer. I’m excited about the prospects of a new school year. Here’s the … Continue reading