All posts filed under: Literature & Social Justice

The Work of Art in the World: A Review of Doris Sommer’s Visit to Lehigh

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Literature & Social Justice / Uncategorized

On November third Doris Sommer visited Lehigh, speaking to a crowd of educators: librarians, teachers, professors, administrators, and students. Harvard professor and founder of Cultural Agents, Sommer believes in the power of public humanities to make change in the world. At a time when funding for the humanities is being cut across Universities and secondary education systems, Doris promotes beauty, pleasure and art as solutions to public problems. She speaks to me, a masters student […]

Thoughts from an LSJ Conference Veteran

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

In a short two and a half weeks, Halloween will be upon us. More importantly, abstracts will be due for the third Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference being held at Lehigh on March 10-11, 2017. Fear not: I’m here to tell you that submitting to the conference is much less bloodcurdling (and anxiety inducing) than it seems. Though I’m just starting my PhD here this fall, I’ve been a part of the LSJ conference since its […]

Third Annual Literature and Social Justice Conference!

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

On behalf of the Lehigh University English Department and the conference committee, I’m thrilled to announce that our third annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on March 10-11, 2017 in Bethlehem, PA!  The theme for the conference is Borders and Violence, which we believe will foster exciting and productive conversations about timely issues.  We encourage graduate students and independent scholars to check out the CFP and submit an abstract by October […]

2016 Graduate Student Commencement Address: Purpose, Possibility and Love

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

On Monday, May 23, 2016 I was honored to deliver the 2016 Graduate Student Address at Lehigh’s 148th Commencement Ceremony. The subject of my talk was Purpose, Possibility, and Love. As I thought about what message I wanted to share with my fellow graduates and our families, I wondered about the other black women who walked this path before me. With the help of Professors Jenna Lay and Betsy Fifer, I was able to piece […]

“I’m Going To Get a Little Technical Here”: An Interview with Amardeep Singh

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Literature & Social Justice

James McAdams: You mentioned in your March 4th keynote address to the 2nd annual Lehigh LSJ Conference a certain moment in time (circa 2004-2008) where social media and various open access publishing platforms manifested a “technoutopianism” where the spirit of sharing, collaboration, and community was, in fact, “real,” before being co-opted by economic forces, trolls, ads, etc. Could you mention an example or two of inspirational Public Humanities (PH) or Digital Humanities (DH) work during […]

Reflections on the LSJ Conference

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Literature & Social Justice

Our second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference has come to a close! I know I found the presentations and conversations on the public humanities inspiring and exciting. As I reflect on my experience at the conference, three ideas stand out: 1. There are many, distinctive publics. There is a tendency in academia, I think, to view the public as a homogenous hyperactive mass that thinks in tweets and memes, and fails to appreciate […]

LSJ Conference Tasting Menu

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Literature & Social Justice

Well, another week is wrapping up at Lehigh—one step closer to Spring Break, another to the end of term. As you plan for the weekend, (which includes some time for relaxation, right?) you might be looking for something completely different from your standard two-day routine. I know I am—seriously, there is only so much Netflix that I can handle on a given day without feeling that terrible mixture of self-loathing and pure time-wasting joy. Thankfully, […]

Going Public: The Primacy of Audience in Digital Public Humanities

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Literature & Social Justice

On March 4 and 5, the 2nd annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will bring together students from both within and outside of Lehigh, as well as Lehigh professors and professionals from the Lehigh Valley, to discuss the intersection of Literature, the Public Humanities, and Social Justice. Bringing a public humanities framework to the English department’s broader conversation about Literature and Social Justice is particularly exciting to me as a graduate student interested in how humanities […]

Relationships, Love, and Struggle: New Play Of Mothers and Men Highlights Black Latina Experience

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

On Thursday, February 25, NYC based performance company The Black Latina Movement will perform an original work of theatre, Of Mothers and Men, at Lehigh University (event details below). Through focusing on the diverse voices and stories of individual women of color, the play both highlights and raises questions about the roles and experiences of the women in our lives and communities. Of Mothers and Men represents an opportunity to engage in these questions as a university community.

We Call the Names: #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Literature & Social Justice

  “…We demand a fair trial by law for those accused of crime, and punished by law after honest conviction”—Ida B. Wells-Barnett Black Lives Matter. Black women have always been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights and protection for black people in America so it comes as no surprise that the originators of the #blacklivesmatter movement are black women. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullers, and Opal Tometi created Black Lives Matter in response […]