I joined Jamil Smith, Bryan Curtis (The Ringer) and Dr. Todd Boyd (USC) to chat about sports as a political battlefield.
I flew straight from sunny Houston to cold snowy Chicago to present my paper, “Suspicious Bodies: Black Women Olympians, Sex Testing, and the War on Drugs,” at the American Studies Association annual meeting. I was on a amazing panel with Theresa Runstedtler, Frank Guridy and Lucia Trimbur. It was a Sports Studies Caucus panel on Pedagogies of of Race and Gender in Post-Civil Rights United States.
All around it was an amazing and invigorating conference.
Check out the Presidential Address below:
I headed back to Houston this week to participate in a two day conference building on our NEH Seminar about the 1977 Women's Convention. I was presenting a paper entitled, “Torchbearer: Michelle Cearcy and the Racial Politics of Visibility and Symbol at the 1977 National Women’s Conference” on a panel “‘It’s Our Movement Now’: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference”. We also have a forthcoming antholgy on the same topic.
I had a lot of fun talked race, sports and politics with Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates.
I chatted with Yes! Magazine about lesser known moments of resistence in sports.
To kick off the College of Liberal Arts year long exploration of 1968: Moments of Change, we held a screening of Forrest Gump at the State Theater. Everyone received a box of chocolate when they came in and we followed the movie with a lively discussion!
For more on the 1968 events visit: 1968.psu.edu
Exciting news! A faculty group led by Dr. Cynthia Young, Head of the Department of African American Studies, (and including myself) was a awarded a multi year, $225,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Our Sawyer Seminar will center on "Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance".
Be on the look out for exciting programming coming soon!
As a proud Temple Alum (CLA' 11) it was great to be profiled for their alumni spotlight.
I had a great time chatting with our visiting Emerging Scholars who were on campus for the week to learn about applying to graduate school, research and getting your Ph.D. As a McNair alum I find these programs to be extremely important.
I had a wonderful week back in my birth state while I was participating in a NEH Seminar on Gender and the State. The group of us gathered together to dive deep into the history of the 1977 Women's Convention in Houston, TX. It was a fun, productive and illuminating week!
I presented two papers at The Seventeenth Annual Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities at Hofstra University
Presented “From Goodwill Girls to Flo Jo Barbie: Global Games and the Commodification of Black Women's Athletic Bodies ” on the panel “Black Women and Global Capitalism in the Post War Era” and “'Amateur no more': Earlene Brown, Roller Derby and African American Women's Push for Professional Sports, 1965-1980” on a Roundtable about Women's Global Sports History.
I returned to Hopkins this week to get hooded and walk across that stage! I had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. We even snuck in a trip to the National African American Museum of History and Culture!
Celebrated the end of my postdoc at the Africana Research Center's reception. Great way to finish out the year!