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My name is Davarian Baldwin and I am currently working on a project (UniverCities) which explores higher education's increased role in shaping urban development. I have an essay based on this work coming out this Monday for Chronicle Review--Chronicle of Higher Education called "The Ivory Tower is Dead." Could it be useful to have a conversation or at least link to this essay when it comes out Monday?
Next month, discussions on the H-Amstdy Twitter feed, @H_AMSDTY, will be about a subject near and dear to many of us: higher education. If you haven't checked them out, H-Amstdy Twitter discussions follow a theme for a month and include profiles and interviews of featured scholars. Recent topics have included June Brides and UnFreedom. Right now, we're looking for suggestions: what scholars and activists (and dare I add administrators?) should we talk to regarding the theme of higher education?
Lila Quintero Weaver's beautiful graphic narrative Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (U of Alabama, 2012), about her experiences growing up Latina in civil rights era Alabama -- students love it. Also Hope Jahren's Lab Girl (Knopf, 2016), a memoir about building a career in the sciences, also treats her dealing with mental illness -- it won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Good luck with the course.
Eddie Huang's FOB could be a good fit. I haven't taught it yet but hope to do so soon. Also Tizon's Little Big Man might work--I haven't read it yet but hear good things.
Published in the early 1830s, The Falcon, an autobiography by John Tanner, recorded/ghostwritten by polymath scientist Dr. Edwin James is a winner. Penguin paperback I believe. Tanner, a white man, was a child captive of Indians; ended up in far north Gt. Lakes region; ran afoul of Indian Agent Henry Schoolcraft; was befriended by James. His book includes wonderful details of Ojibwe (Chippewa) folkways and geography, plus plenty of material about cultural clashes in first half of 19th century.
Two suggestions: First, Lila Quintero Weaver's Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (U of Alabama Press, 2012) is a beautifully rendered graphic narrative about the author's experiences growing up Latina in civil rights era Alabama. I have taught this before to great success. Second, Hope Jahren's Lab Girl (Vintage, 2016) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. It traces her experiences as a woman building a career in science and as someone dealing with mental illness. I haven't taught it but my colleague is now, and the students really like it.