Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  Maya Angelou died at age 86. From NYT: Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — a lyrical, unsparing account of her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on … Continue reading Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Vincent Harding (1931-2014) | Sam Greenlee (1930-2014)

Vincent Harding passed away on May 19, 2014. From the NYT: Vincent Harding, a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent opposition to the Vietnam War, died on Monday in Philadelphia. He was 82. … Continue reading Vincent Harding (1931-2014) | Sam Greenlee (1930-2014)

Stephanie M. H. Camp (1967-2014)

University of Washington history professor Stephanie M. H. Camp passed away on April 2nd. Camp was the author of Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South (University of North Carolina Press, 2004, also profiled on #ADPhD here). Camp also edited, with Edward Baptist, New Studies in the History of Slavery … Continue reading Stephanie M. H. Camp (1967-2014)

Carrington on Stuart Hall | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Ben Carrington writes:  Stuart Hall was the most important public intellectual of the past 50 years. In an age where having a TV show allegedly makes someone a public intellectual and where the status of the university you work at counts for more than what you have to say, Hall’s work seems even more urgent … Continue reading Carrington on Stuart Hall | AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Blackburn’s Obituary for Stuart Hall

Robin Blackburn's obituary for Stuart Hall (via Born in Jamaica Stuart Hall became a beacon of the New Left in Britain, a hugely influential cultural theorist and an incisive critic of Thatcherism and its sequels. He was the first editor of New Left Review in 1960 and became the director of the Birmingham Centre … Continue reading Blackburn’s Obituary for Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014)

via The Guardian: The foundations of cultural studies lay in an insistence on taking popular, low-status cultural forms seriously and tracing the interweaving threads of culture, power and politics. Its interdisciplinary perspectives drew on literary theory, linguistics and cultural anthropology in order to analyse subjects as diverse as youth sub-cultures, popular media and gendered and … Continue reading Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014)