Provenance Marking Inventions

Dr. Hilary Green
Associate Professor, University of Alabama. Author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South (2016).


Julian Chambliss
#BlackImaginary Exploring #Digital, #Comics, #Cities, & #Culture. #AssemblingtheMCU #CitiesImagined


Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Director, Digital Humanities & Professor of English, MSU. Author of GENEROUS THINKING: A RADICAL APPROACH TO SAVING THE UNIVERSITY (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019).

Reframing History
“… I tell people sometimes you start off by yourself or you don’t know and you make mistakes along the way, but you keep thinking. What is that grounding point? For me, it’s that student who said slavery did not exist at the university.”

EP [Episode] 207 Hilary Green and Transformative Digital History

Hilary Green and Transformative Digital History

APRIL 21, 2020

In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Hilary Green Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests explore the intersections of race, class, and gender in African American history. Her first book Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890, explored how African Americans and their white allies created, developed, and sustained a system of African American education schools during the transition from slavery to freedom.

Dr. Green’s digital humanities project entitled Hallowed Grounds began in the Spring of 2015. While she has described it as her “side project,” it has grown into a unique example of a digital humanities project that engages students and the public around questions of race and memory. It is also a startling example of how a scholar working alone [can] use a digital methodology to build an engaging and transformative digital project.

Listen to the conversation with Julian Chambliss:

It beings with the an audio montage of voices on the word “Negro”. I believe I recognize one voice in the mix == the great James Baldwin …

A worthy class project would be to produce a transcription of the podcast and identify all the voices — thus making the lessons of history accessible and ingrained. The audio is identified as coming from a 1965 documentary called The Heritage of the Negro, another transcription, editing project.

I accessed the Hollowed Grounds project, today on April 21, 2020 …

And found a quotation used as an epigraph :

“To accept one’s past – one’s history is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life, like clay in a season of drought.” – James Baldwin

I remarked elsewhere … “Clay in a season of drought can be collected to make pottery (which will eventually be smashed).”

It brings to mind for me the interlocking nature of imagined communities and imagined histories (and the Latin roots of invention = to find).

Cf. MoMa – Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series – One Way Ticket (recalling Baldwin’s The Price of the Ticket)

And here I recall the word lagniappe

A Merriam-Webster word of the day podcast for October 13, 2017 < accessed April 21, 2020 [the 2017 podcast updates a 2012 podcast with "What Twain didn't know is that the Spanish word is from Quechua, from the word yapa, meaning “something added.”]

– – – – – – – and ponder the gift economies of the academy.

And so for day 2774

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