". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In New Orleans

Back in New Orleans tomorrow (Thursday) for two quite different events, both free to the public.

The first, Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., is at Tulane University's Dinwiddie 102 (if you’re on St. Charles facing Tulane, Dinwiddie is the building on your far right). This will be a talk on "The Making of Afro-Orleans" -- similar to one from last fall, but never is the same talk delivered twice.

The second, Friday, April 8, 6 p.m., will be part of the Critical Educators for Social Justice Conference taking place in New Orleans. This should be a great conference, and in particular I feel honored to have been included in this event at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd, New Orleans. Event information can be seen here

It's called "Teaching “Where Ya At”: Historians, Artists, and Veteran Teachers Talk about Making Local Culture and Consciousness Matter in the Curriculum."

Participants: Joyce Marie Jackson, Cultural Anthropologist, Louisiana State University; Kalamu ya Salaam, Poet-Producer-Teacher with Students at the Center; Ned Sublette; Cherise Harrison Nelson, Veteran Teacher-Guardians of the Flame; Louise Mouton Johnson, Veteran Teacher-Visual Artist; Gregg Stafford, Veteran Teacher-Brass Band Member. Discussants: Joyce King, Kristen Buras, Adrienne Dixson. SIG Remarks: Jenice View, SIG-Critical Educators for Social Justice and TBA, Division K.

So come on out and say hi.

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