Goodbye for now!

Hello world, This blog was a meaningful way to communicate with people while I was transitioning back to living in New Orleans. The past two years I struggled to re-get-to-know the city & to understand my place in it–as a

Goodbye for now!

Hello world, This blog was a meaningful way to communicate with people while I was transitioning back to living in New Orleans. The past two years I struggled to re-get-to-know the city & to understand my place in it–as a

Also, this:

12 Years a Slave: in our ‘post-racial’ age the legacy of slavery lives on The controversy around Steve McQueen’s movie shows that, rather than fade away, racism has proved durable and potent By Paul Gilroy The Guardian, Sunday 10 November

Also, this:

12 Years a Slave: in our ‘post-racial’ age the legacy of slavery lives on The controversy around Steve McQueen’s movie shows that, rather than fade away, racism has proved durable and potent By Paul Gilroy The Guardian, Sunday 10 November

Freedom dreams and critical introspection in the neoliberal nonprofit arts marketplace

edited for accuracy & clarity 11/11 10:00pm Transformative social justice movements never stem from a group’s desire to “save” others, whether those others are one’s neighbors or “oppressed populations” across the world. Yet, so much of the work that goes

Freedom dreams and critical introspection in the neoliberal nonprofit arts marketplace

edited for accuracy & clarity 11/11 10:00pm Transformative social justice movements never stem from a group’s desire to “save” others, whether those others are one’s neighbors or “oppressed populations” across the world. Yet, so much of the work that goes

A few updates

Readers, I’m taking a break from blogging to attend to some pressing writing deadlines on other fronts! However, here are a few updates/followups to previous posts. 1) If you missed “Talkin’ Revolution,” Junebug Production’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of

A few updates

Readers, I’m taking a break from blogging to attend to some pressing writing deadlines on other fronts! However, here are a few updates/followups to previous posts. 1) If you missed “Talkin’ Revolution,” Junebug Production’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of

on writing

Lately, I have been reflecting on how writing leads to more writing. I’ve done a lot of blogging this fall, and it’s led me to also write a great deal for my book project. Or maybe it’s the other way

on writing

Lately, I have been reflecting on how writing leads to more writing. I’ve done a lot of blogging this fall, and it’s led me to also write a great deal for my book project. Or maybe it’s the other way

Why I’m calling on all university faculty to refuse to write letters of recommendation to TFA

(see bottom of post for a new note) My last post stirred up a controversy in facebookland and twitterville. I want to use this space to clarify some of the reasons why I do not write letters of recommendation for

Why I’m calling on all university faculty to refuse to write letters of recommendation to TFA

(see bottom of post for a new note) My last post stirred up a controversy in facebookland and twitterville. I want to use this space to clarify some of the reasons why I do not write letters of recommendation for

Letter to all my Tulane students who are applying to Teach For America this year

Dear Student, I remember you well! Your work in my class impressed me and taught me a great deal. I’m so glad to hear that our class discussions enabled us to establish a trusting connection with each other that led

Letter to all my Tulane students who are applying to Teach For America this year

Dear Student, I remember you well! Your work in my class impressed me and taught me a great deal. I’m so glad to hear that our class discussions enabled us to establish a trusting connection with each other that led

Geryll Robinson on trauma, colonization, and race in New Orleans

I’m so grateful for all the insightful comments that probe and deepen the argument I made in my last post. I want to thank people for reading and for being willing to engage with me as I think about these

Geryll Robinson on trauma, colonization, and race in New Orleans

I’m so grateful for all the insightful comments that probe and deepen the argument I made in my last post. I want to thank people for reading and for being willing to engage with me as I think about these

On NOLA and Longing: why I’m not second lining this year. A post for my White people.

Whether you’re from New Orleans or not, longing for the past is a part of life here. People who’ve lived here for generations long for the city as it was in the past–whatever past era (but always pre-Katrina) signifies authentic

On NOLA and Longing: why I’m not second lining this year. A post for my White people.

Whether you’re from New Orleans or not, longing for the past is a part of life here. People who’ve lived here for generations long for the city as it was in the past–whatever past era (but always pre-Katrina) signifies authentic

Never Forget.

Today on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I feel I have to post something about our schools here in New Orleans, and one of the elements contributing to their devastation not just by the Flood but by the neoliberal storm

Never Forget.

Today on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I feel I have to post something about our schools here in New Orleans, and one of the elements contributing to their devastation not just by the Flood but by the neoliberal storm

Announcing: Talkin’ Revolution

I’m excited to help spread the word about this important upcoming event! Tell your friends & get ready for a fantastic weekend of events with FST alumni & community members, social justice theatre makers from around the US, and scholars

Announcing: Talkin’ Revolution

I’m excited to help spread the word about this important upcoming event! Tell your friends & get ready for a fantastic weekend of events with FST alumni & community members, social justice theatre makers from around the US, and scholars

New Website!

I’ve gone underground a bit lately as far as blogging is concerned. Due to some family medical issues, I’ve been consumed with the bare bones of day-to-day life and unable to find time to pull back and write about the

New Website!

I’ve gone underground a bit lately as far as blogging is concerned. Due to some family medical issues, I’ve been consumed with the bare bones of day-to-day life and unable to find time to pull back and write about the

Humanity and Terror in the US of A

For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking around preoccupied with the ways in which capitalism, racism, and white privilege have distanced me from experiencing my full humanity. Despite how hard I try to push against them, dominant white cultural

Humanity and Terror in the US of A

For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking around preoccupied with the ways in which capitalism, racism, and white privilege have distanced me from experiencing my full humanity. Despite how hard I try to push against them, dominant white cultural

Jazz Fest

Confession: I’m a New Orleans cultural historian who has never been to Jazz Fest. That’s pretty ridiculous, right? Well, I guess I have been–I went a couple of times in high school. But I haven’t been on the Fairgrounds one

Jazz Fest

Confession: I’m a New Orleans cultural historian who has never been to Jazz Fest. That’s pretty ridiculous, right? Well, I guess I have been–I went a couple of times in high school. But I haven’t been on the Fairgrounds one

Balance and Hansberry

The post below was wordy and a bit pompous. As you can probably tell, I’m struggling to find the balance between writing for an audience of academic specialists and writing for the community that I care much more about–New Orleans.

Balance and Hansberry

The post below was wordy and a bit pompous. As you can probably tell, I’m struggling to find the balance between writing for an audience of academic specialists and writing for the community that I care much more about–New Orleans.

Theatre, Education, and Blues Epistemologies: The Call and Response of LOCKDOWN and CATCH THE WALL

We live in a youth-centered city. Management by youth is one thing that New Orleans’s theatre scene (at least, its Bywater elements) and the city’s education climate have in common. In No Excuses Charter schools, it’s not uncommon for 25

Theatre, Education, and Blues Epistemologies: The Call and Response of LOCKDOWN and CATCH THE WALL

We live in a youth-centered city. Management by youth is one thing that New Orleans’s theatre scene (at least, its Bywater elements) and the city’s education climate have in common. In No Excuses Charter schools, it’s not uncommon for 25

Colonization and White Nativism in the Swamps, on the day after St. Joseph’s

some critical-race-anti-imperialism-deep-personal thoughts, in process (3/22/13: I revised this post to attempt to better reflect on cultural mythologies about the Louisiana wetlands, building on what I am learning from one of my students, who shall remain nameless here, but who

Colonization and White Nativism in the Swamps, on the day after St. Joseph’s

some critical-race-anti-imperialism-deep-personal thoughts, in process (3/22/13: I revised this post to attempt to better reflect on cultural mythologies about the Louisiana wetlands, building on what I am learning from one of my students, who shall remain nameless here, but who

TDR: New Orleans: It’s About the Listening

The Spring 2013 issue of TDR with a special NOLA section is now live! Check it out. Sometime during the summer of 2010, Jan Gilbert tracked me down in Boston’s South End. She and her husband Kevin McCaffrey (documentary filmmaker

TDR: New Orleans: It’s About the Listening

The Spring 2013 issue of TDR with a special NOLA section is now live! Check it out. Sometime during the summer of 2010, Jan Gilbert tracked me down in Boston’s South End. She and her husband Kevin McCaffrey (documentary filmmaker

Renaming New Orleans in the name of whiteness

I’m fascinated by how New Orleans as “NOLA” as well as many of the city’s neighborhoods are being renamed in the current, gentrifying moment. Whitening streets in Central City are now named “OCH” (silencing Oretha Castle Haley’s history and her

Renaming New Orleans in the name of whiteness

I’m fascinated by how New Orleans as “NOLA” as well as many of the city’s neighborhoods are being renamed in the current, gentrifying moment. Whitening streets in Central City are now named “OCH” (silencing Oretha Castle Haley’s history and her

Come on.

Lately I keep thinking of the phrase “come on”–something I hear all day wherever I am in New Orleans. To me, this phrase encapsulates the fact that welcoming is a way of life here. Growing up, I think E. and

Come on.

Lately I keep thinking of the phrase “come on”–something I hear all day wherever I am in New Orleans. To me, this phrase encapsulates the fact that welcoming is a way of life here. Growing up, I think E. and