Category: lillian e smith


“Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast Season 2

Over the past few weeks, I have been recording and sharing the latest season of the Lillian E. Smith Center’s “Dope with Lime,” a podcast I started as an initiative for the center. For each episode, I speak with individuals about their work, Smith, and other topics. We are almost done with season two, so I wanted to take a moment and share with … Read More “Dope with Lime” LES Center Podcast Season 2


Spring 2021 LES Studies Course

Last year, I posted about my first Lillian E. Smith Studies course which I taught in spring 2020. Today, I want to share the syllabus I constructed for the spring 2021 semester. The focus, still, is on Smith and her work, but I am also incorporating Michelle Alexander’s work on mass incarnation, using NPR’s Louder than and Riot podcast and Ava DuVernay’s 13th. Along … Read More Spring 2021 LES Studies Course


Martin Luther King, Jr’s “A Testament of Hope” and Our Current Moment

Last Friday, I sat down with Marie Cochran, curator of the Affriclacian Artist Project, at the Lillian E. Smith Center to record an episode of “Dope with Lime.” We sat there, on the ground where Smith worked, on what would have been Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 92nd birthday and talked about King, Smith, and memory. Preparing for our discussion, I read King’s “A Testament … Read More Martin Luther King, Jr’s “A Testament of Hope” and Our Current Moment


The New Lost Cause Rhetoric

Cover photo Mike Theiler Lillian Smith tells the story of her and one of her brothers playing in their house in Jasper, Florida. They ran around and in the attic they came across an old chest. Opening it, they stood aghast, staring at all of the money they had found. “We felt rich; richer than the Rockefeller children or any children,” Smith said in … Read More The New Lost Cause Rhetoric

Contaminación of Memory

In Soledad Marimbo’s Retazos Una conversación con Sylvia Molloy, the Argentinian writer speaks about memory, writing, and the passage of time. When talking about two of the houses where she lived–her parent’s house in Argentina and one she owned in Long Island–Molloy talks about their similarities, specifically the courtyards. The two houses, due to some of the similarities, mingle within her mind, joining together … Read More Contaminación of Memory