". . . 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

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship for 2010-11

From the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.  Thus, we'll spend September through May in Chestertown, though we won't sublet our place, as we expect to come up often for business and other reasons.

This is exciting; most of all it's exciting because now the book that we've wanted to have since The World That Made New Orleans and The Year Before the Flood, can now come into existence: The American Slave Coast: The Interstate Slave Trade and the Making of the United States.  We'll spend a fair amount of time poking about in archives and libraries of Balitimore, Norfolk and Charleston -- and hopefully get in a visit to the Sea Islands.  A music course will be taught during one of the semesters.

A restored 18th century house comes with the fellowship, and that too may well turn out to be exciting ....

Ah, the mail has arrived, and it includes the new Big Sam's Funky Nation, sent via management, I guess.  As today's the last day of class we may get to listen -- AFTER grading the skyscraper of papers, of course.  Sigh.

1 comment:

K. said...

Woo hoo! Eats lots of blue crab.

The new Big Sam is good, although different from Peace, Love, and Understanding. I think I'll put it on!