Category: j. william fulbright

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Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisn in the Sun” Lecture: Part I

My final lecture last fall for the American literature course at the University of Bergen was on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the presence of Big Walter on stage during a performance in Boston that was directed by Liesl Tommy. As well, I have discussed my other lectures fro the American Literature class: Introductory … Read More Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisn in the Sun” Lecture: Part I

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Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

Last week, at a concert in Detroit, MI, Garth Brooks wore a Barry Sanders jersey. Sanders, of course, was the Detroit Lions’ running back from 1989-1998. Brooks shared a photo of him wearing the Sanders jersey, and some, however, did not make the connection, thinking that the picture showed Brooks supporting Bernie Sanders. One person responded, “Nothing like supporting a communist to loss [sic] … Read More Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

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How Do I Respond to “Where Are You From?”

Last year, in Norway, everyone I met would ask, “Where are you from?” This year, in Georgia, I get the same question. My answer to this question inevitably varies, but it follows a pretty similar formula. In Norway, I would reply, “I’m from Auburn, Alabama. I’ve been there two years. Before that, I was in Lafayette, Louisiana, and I’m originally from Northwest Louisiana.” In … Read More How Do I Respond to “Where Are You From?”

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Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Today marks the day that we travel back to the United States. This past year has been an amazing experience on so many levels, not just for myself but for my family as well. I know that it will take some time for the events of this past year to truly sink in, a process that will involve re-acclimating ourselves to life back in … Read More Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit countless museums in Norway, Poland, France, and Austria. Today, I want to take a moment and share with you some of my favorite pieces from right here in Bergen, Norway. The KODE museums have a large collection of artworks from various ages, but the ones that stuck out to me are from the … Read More Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

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“Unhoming” and Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”

Last December, I had the opportunity to head over to Oslo to speak with Videregående skole (VGS) teachers about the use of comics and graphic novels in the classroom. I spoke about texts such as G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel, Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder, and more. In preparation for the talk, I started reading more texts and came across Lucy … Read More “Unhoming” and Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”

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Reflections on 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

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Where Did These Racial Stereotypes Come From?

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?

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Some Thoughts on Applying for a Fulbright

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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Cultural Exchange and the Fulbright Program

Last week, I went to Oslo to attend the Fulbright orientation. While there, I learned more about J. William Fulbright, the impetus for the program, and some of the pushback that he received. After hearing some of this information, I began to think about the importance of Fulbright’s vision during my time in Norway. At this juncture, I have been in Bergen for about … Read More Cultural Exchange and the Fulbright Program