As the absence of posts on this site indicates, I’ve been struggling to find my writing groove for the past six months or so. My academic writing progresses at a glacial pace (flow not melt). I completed a book chapter that will be published later this year, I have been editing a paper for conference … Continue reading Mantras
Here are some updates on topics I’ve written about on the blog before that might be of interest: On contextualizing confederate monuments: This summer it was announced that new markers will be placed at four Atlanta confederate monuments to provide a broader historical context for the people and events being commemorated. Since removing monuments is … Continue reading Updates
Oh, hi! Remember me? I used to write this blog. Well, during the summer my real job kicked in and I was in full time mothering mode. The kids and I had a great time -- hiking, swimming, kayaking, reading, sleeping, watching and playing baseball, enjoying friends, eating, playing with Lego, and traveling to see … Continue reading Goodbye summer, hello blog
In my last post I discussed the importance of telling a fuller story when it comes to displaying and engaging with confederate monuments. At the very least, accompanying information should answer basic questions about the monument’s own history. When was the monument built, by whom, and with what kinds of messages in mind? While contextualizing … Continue reading Monuments at Georgia’s State Capital
Last weekend I attended a fundraising event for the Atlanta History Center during which I got to sip bourbon and take in the new Cyclorama exhibit. I must say, this Midwestern transplant has rarely felt so Southern. For those who haven’t heard of it, the Cyclorama is a massive, circular painting that depicts the 1864 … Continue reading Cyclorama!
I love baseball, and I love rooting for the home team. We’re off to a good start this year, but I cringe every game, and not just because of our relief pitchers. It’s because Atlanta is “Braves’ Country” and the rallying cheer is the “tomahawk chop.” I love the team, but I hate the mascot … Continue reading Racist Mascots: What’s a fan to do?
A couple of days late, but worth the wait... my last post for Women's History month: Indian physicist, feminist, philosopher Vandana Shiva! I was first introduced to Shiva’s work as an undergrad studying agrarian philosophies. I was taking a seminar with my advisor, Jon Jensen, and we were studying a lot of American agrarian thinkers, … Continue reading Women in Philosophy: Vandana Shiva
In teaching introductory philosophy courses, I find that most of my young students want to adopt one of two pretty extreme general orientations. Either there is one universal truth or standard, or everything is completely relative. I often find myself turning to the work of feminist scholars to illustrate more nuanced alternatives to these positions. … Continue reading Women in Philosophy: Linda Martín Alcoff
Most of us are familiar with liberation movements that center on some specific aspect of social identity: women’s rights, African American rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrants’ rights, etc. As identity politics continues to reassert itself in evolving and intriguing ways, the work of Kimberle Crenshaw is crucial. If her name isn’t familiar you still might have … Continue reading Women in Philosophy: Kimberlé Crenshaw
Last week my family and I had a lovely little break and enjoyed some quality time together. Vacation. What a treat! Thanks for your patience as this site idled. I want to wade back into blogging by highlighting the work of some brilliant philosophers. Guess what, they're women! Academic philosophy is overwhelmingly homogeneous in terms of … Continue reading Women in Philosophy: Val Plumwood