Month: December 2018
Note, Interminable Rambling will be on break for the next two weeks. Check back on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, for new posts. I never really know what I have accomplished, or not accomplished, until I turn my gaze backward. Over the past year, a lot has happened. I moved to Norway, with my family, for a year. I’ve traveled more in the past few … Read More Reflections on 2018
The Fulbright program has provided me with the opportunity to connect with scholars and students not just in Norway but across Europe as well. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Warsaw to speak with students about the life and work of Frank Yerby. During my presentation, I talked about some of the ways Yerby subverts and ultimately reverses stereotypes that present African … Read More Where Did These Racial Stereotypes Come From?
About three years ago, I was sitting in my office–basically a bull pen with six other people–and I started to talk with one of my office mates about the abysmal prospects for the job market. My colleague suggested I look into applying for a Fulbright award. At the time, the idea intrigued me; however, I did not necessarily want to apply when I did … Read More Some Thoughts on Applying for a Fulbright
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Reading Junot Díaz’s “Drown,” my mind constantly kept going back to texts such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and James Baldwin who said, “Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” Along with these items, I also thought about the power structures that keep Yunior de Las Casas in subjugation and essentially strip … Read More Education and Poverty in Junot Díaz’s “Drown”
Throughout Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, one character hovers over the entire play as a specter of the past. This character is Big Walter, Lena’s husband and Benetha and Walter Lee’s father. Even though he does not appear on stage in the script, he exists as an important part of the narrative. His death, which we do not see, causes the action … Read More Big Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”