Shut Up In My Bones: a digital poem – a remix

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A digital poem from HBW Alum Dr. DaMaris Hill: Shut Up In My Bones: a digital poem – a remix from D Hill on Vimeo. “I recently completed a poetry manuscript entitled A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing. Many of the poems detail the violent consequences black women endure while engaged in individual and collective acts of protest and resistance. My grandmother’s picture and a […]

Critical Reception of African-American Women Writers in Mainland China

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  [By: Lili Wang] With widespread interest in Western literature in the early 1980s, Chinese literary scholars began to actively engage American writers, giving rise to a boom in the translation of American literature. This boom also generated a reciprocal relationship between African-American women writers and China. The introduction of African-American women writers and the translation of their works soon became a central component of […]

Screentime: Wonder Woman

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  This summer, HBW Board Member and KU Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Ayesha Hardison sat down with KCUR to discuss the blockbuster Wonder Woman, feminism, and much more. Check out the interview here.

The Decarceration of Black America: Notes to a Native Son

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  [By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] A Preface Q: Should one give critical attention to a stylistically and rhetorically flawed book by a self-proclaimed left-wing Conservative? A: Yes. Q:  Why? A:  If the book tries to examine reasons for “mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” from a black Republican or independently conservative  point of view, it merits attention rather than self-righteous silence.  The book’s failure to meet the […]

Reading the dystopia wherein you live (revisited)

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[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Since January 20, 2017, it is quite fashionable to talk about Donald J. Trump under the influence of reading dystopian or apocalyptic fictions.  There is the possibility that what fifty years ago was accepted as “the news” is now a blatant form of social fiction.  Broadcast from every ideological angle, what seems to be the news is replete with alternative facts and […]

Gratitude

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Dear HBW Family, WE MISSED YOU! As you might have noticed, we took an impromptu hiatus this winter. We took a step back to evaluate our goals, our ideas, and direction in this digital space. We are a fully-operational, student-led office at the University of Kansas that experienced great growth in 2016, but we still felt we weren’t doing quite enough to connect with you all. So, what’s new for 2017?