Students are invited to participate in guided and ongoing online discussions on each chapter, led by Tulane faculty and beginning on the dates listed below. To join the discussions, click here to visit the Reading Project module on Blackboard. (Please note that only Tulane students have access to the Blackboard website.)
Beginning June 10 || Chapter 1 || Join the Discussion
Professor Adderley specializes in the history of the African Diaspora, the Atlantic Slave Trade, black enslavement in the Americas, Caribbean history, and African-American history. She was awarded the Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History for her book, "New Negroes From Africa": Slave Trade Abolition and Free African Settlement in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean. A professor in the Department of History, Adderley also currently serves as the director of African & African Diaspora Studies.
Beginning June 17 || Chapter 2 || Join the Discussion
Professor Lewis is jointly appointed in English and African & African Diaspora Studies. Her areas of research include black literary and cultural studies, criminal justice reform, K12 education, and HIV/AIDS. She received the 2010 Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and is the founding faculty coordinator of Tulane's South Africa Summer Study Abroad (SASSA) program. She also serves as interim director of Tulane's program for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.
Beginning June 24 || Chapter 3 || Join the Discussion
A winner of the International Communication Association’s James W. Carey Urban Communication Award, professor Ostertag has taught classes in the sociology department that include “Media, Crime and Justice” and “Cognitive Sociology.” He has also taught two service-learning courses, including a criminology course in which students work with the Orleans Public Defenders on indigent defense, and a class on “Race, Crime and Control,” in which students work with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana on reentry and recidivism practices and policies. His research interests include cultural sociology; cognition, crime and incarceration; and social control.
Beginning July 1 || Chapter 4 || Join the Discussion
Professor Sakakeeny is a musicologist whose research explores the intersection of music with race, economics, and politics, particularly in the performance of African American music. His forthcoming book, Instruments of Power: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, considers the brass band as a powerful symbol of local black culture. Matt has published in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, Contemporary Political Theory, and Current Musicology, and filed reports for public radio's All Things Considered, Marketplace, and WWOZ's Street Talk.
Beginning July 8 || Chapter 5 || Join the Discussion
Zach Lazar is a professor of creative writing in the English department. His second novel, Sway, was an Editor's Choice at the New York Times Book Review, and was selected as a best book by the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Newsday, Rolling Stone, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other publications. Lazar’s memoir, Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder, was selected as a Best Book by the Chicago Tribune. Lazar's articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, BOMB magazine, and elsewhere
Beginning July 15 || Chapter 6 || Join the Discussion
See “June 10” bio above.
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