I’m in my office while writing this. I can’t get any music to play, which is a bit of an annoyance, but I’ve got the room cooled to a tolerable temperature, which in this hotbox of a building is no small feat. I just put on some water to make myself some tea. Usually when I start to work on the podcast, I am kind of curled up on the couch at home with a cup of coffee within reach and my laptop balanced precariously on my knees. [Read More]
I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of genius, recently. This isn’t because of some conceptual height I’m reaching but because of what I’ve been teaching. In rhetorical theory, which is as much a rhetorical history class as much as anything else, we’ve been discussing the pre-Enlightenment and Enlightenment thinkers. And they had a lot to say on the topic of genius. [Read More]
Identity is something we’ve talked about on this show before.
We’ve talked a few times about how Brown v. Board was used to craft identity. We have discussed how it was constitutive and how it enshrined Whiteness into the law. And when the law is White, the culture is White.
We’ve talked a bit about gender and identity. We’ve talked about Harris and the daunting role in front of her as the first woman VP. [Read More]
On September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, former President George W. Bush spoke at a Flight 93 Memorial event to commemorate the day, and especially the heroic actions of those aboard Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. [Read More]
This week we celebrated Labor Day. For most people it just marks the end of the summer and a day to maybe cook-out, if you have the day off. But it’s right there in the name – it is a time set aside to note the efforts of those who labor – Specifically unions and those who worked to create a safer and more humane working environment for American workers. [Read More]