Checking in and Catching up

I’ve barely written at all this year, on my VCU site or on any of the other spaces I frequent online. I think the only online space that’s seen much of me lately is Twitter, in part because it’s so merciful for people who are low on resources. Over the …

UndocuAlly Training this Sunday:

This initiative was spearheaded by VCU ASPiRE students! I’m incredibly lucky to get to work with these guys: We are holding an event called UndocuAlly Training in Harris Hall room 2107 on Sunday, March 20th, from 10am to 2pm. The UndocuAlly Training is simply a workshop designed to inform participants–both students and faculty–about the struggles of Undocumented students and …

humansofnewyork: “I tried to make some money the honest way as…

humansofnewyork:

“I tried to make some money the honest way as a kid. I tried shoveling snow. I tried a newspaper route. I stuck with it for awhile, but one day I was collecting money on my route and these older kids robbed me. There were three of them. They were 16 or 17. I fought hard. I told them: ‘I worked hard for this money.’ But they held me down and took it anyway. It was $27. And that made me feel so powerless. And I remembered that I knew someone with a knife. And I thought: ‘I’m going to steal that knife and deal with this firmly.’ I found those boys at an arcade. Nobody got killed. But I hurt them. I wouldn’t say that I felt proud after stabbing them, but I felt like they got what they deserved. I felt vindicated. Even today, I have trouble sympathizing with them. It’s funny how that works. When someone wrongs us, we want the maximum amount of punishment. But when we do wrong, we want the maximum amount of understanding and forgiveness.”

(Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York)

TODAY: Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop / Black Lives Matter Symposium

4:30 – Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop The VCU Association of Black Social Workers cosponsors the Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 3201. The workshop will offer participants information on how to self-publish books. Graphic novels offer well-written and exciting stories, new points of view and …

Heads up: Teaching in the Humanities Workshop Series (cross posted at /focusedinquiry)

Alternatives to the Paper: Exploring Creative Assignments and Digital Possibilities February 9, 2016, 2-3.30pm  Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201, 920 W. Franklin Street “Looking to get more than the traditional 3-5 page essay often used in humanities classes? Tired of worrying about plagiarism?  Thinking about how to change things up a bit in your writing … Continue reading Heads up: Teaching in the Humanities Workshop Series (cross posted at /focusedinquiry)

I am ready for spring semester.

That is not to say I’m prepared! I have a huge pile of things to do: an article that needs revised, a syllabus that needs completed, 3 units of work to design, ASPiRE programming to organize, etc. etc.. I’m, though, really ready to get things going. My Department had its winter institute yesterday, …

ASPiRE Intro to Mass Incarceration Events, 2015-2016

Here’s an updated schedule for my VCU ASPiRE teach-in! Dates for the spring are coming soon. Let me know if you have any questions. These events are reserved for ASPiRE students unless indicated (*). Contact me if you want to crash! Fall 2015: Aug 25th, 6pm: Screening of Up The …