[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 […]
[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 […]
Come check out Ph.D Candidate and HBW staffer Will Cunningham IV at the Hall Center for the Humanities. “Negotiating (with) the Center in the Novels of Colson Whitehead and Yaa Gyasi” Tuesday, February 7, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Hall Center Seminar Room RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
Who’s Afraid of George Walker? George “Nash” Walker (1872-1911) was born in the aftermath of The Civil War in Lawrence, Kansas, the launching point of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia in the fall of 1859 and site of Quantril’s Raid in the summer of 1863. The post-Civil War demographics and abolitionist politics of the region empowered Walker in historically unprecedented ways and compelled […]
The MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition (2016), bids us to consider the probability of having a single “set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source” (Handbook, rear cover). This new edition may be less intimidating than the Seventh or the Sixth, and it may minimize anxiety about scrupulous documentation in the age of the digital. Nevertheless, we should not put older editions […]
This year’s 76th College Language Association convention was held in Houston, TX at the Hyatt Regency, April 6-9. Hosted by Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and Prairie View, the theme for this year, “Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora in Languages, Literatures, and Films” brought hundreds to present papers and engage in discussions. CLA was founded in 1937 to provide faculty from HBCU’s with a […]