I was recently asked to speak to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about thinking ahead to the summer. Basically, there were two main issues I was asked to address: thinking about Ph.D. programs (we’re a Masters-only program at UNT) and getting work (particularly writing) done over the summer. As a result, I came up with some general notes/ideas that I’d like to share with a wider audience. Some of these notes reference some UNT-specific things, but I think a lot of what I have to say is applicable to Masters students elsewhere. So here goes. Continue reading “Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s”
Yesterday was the first day of the Critical Ethnic Studies conference at UC-Riverside. Framed around the topic of “Settler Colonialism and the Future of Genocide,” this is a well attended, exciting, and rigorous conference that compels all in attendance to rethink not only systems of domination and power rooted in ethnoracial constructs, but also our own complicity in those systems. I’ll possibly have a couple of posts to make after it’s all over; but I wanted to post a point for reflection now, especially as so many people I know are finalizing their proposals for next year’s National Communication Association convention. Continue reading “Critical Ethnic Studies (Some Reflections for NCAers)”
In this day and age, it can be hard to stay focused. Add some adult ADHD into the mix, and websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, or just about anything that changes with a click of your refresh button can hinder your productivity at some of the worst times. In procrastinating this evening, I ran across a neat little Chrome extension that helps to keep you on track. Continue reading “Staying Focused”
Since it’s still Black history month, I figured I’d share a little document from my archive. This is from the Young Lords’ newspaper, Palante, Volume 2, Issue 1, February 1970. The piece underscores coalitional politics and possibilities between black and brown radicals … lessons it seems like we keep having to relearn. Continue reading “Malcolm X and Puerto Ricans”
Those who know me know that I’m a bit of a techie and a bit more of an Apple evangelist. Part of being an Apple evangelist (or “fanboy,” in the kids’ vernacular) is using Apple software when it’s available. Sure, I’ve always used Word instead of Pages (Pages just isn’t “there” for me quite yet); but for just about everything else, I use the Apple option: Keynote instead of PowerPoint, Numbers instead of Excel (most of the time), and Safari instead of anything else. Well, I’ve seen the light. Continue reading “Teaching/Research Tools: Google Chrome and Reader”
I wanted to write a brief post about the name of the site and doing so basically means that I need to explain de-linking. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a scholar of race and public culture, which means that my scholarly work explores (in one way or another) the relationships between race, democracy, and situated public discourse (a.k.a., rhetoric). This scholarly interest first manifested itself in grad school, when I decided to pursue a dissertation on the New York Young Lords. While I continue doing work on the Young Lords, my scholarship has broadened out to examine other situated rhetorics of race and racial(ized) rhetorics (e.g., work on Obama and the Tea Party, Nuyorican cultural production, and Sonja Sotomayor). Continue reading “Delinking”
What’s a blog or a website without a “hello world” post?!? Welcome to my new blog and website. I hope to be posting a bit more, here, on topics relevant to my research, teaching, and interests. If you choose to follow along, I thank you.
The next post will be on “de-linking.”