- Fall 2001, Vol. 10, No. 1 (requires
- Memory, Identity, and Political Action
- 2001/2002 Fellows
- Vanderbilt Alumnus to Present the 2001 Harry
C. Howard Jr. Lecture
- We the People.... The Citizen and the Constitution
- 2002/2003 Fellows Program
- Deirdre McCloskey to Speak in the 2001/2002
Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series
Gregory F. Barz, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, is a specialist
in African music and music and religion. He is the author of Ngoma!
Music and Dance in East and Southern Africa, a textbook on east Africa
in the Global Music Series (Oxford University Press). He has also co-edited
two collections of essays, and numerous articles on ethnomusicology.
He is currently studying how issues of memory and government-sanctioned
political action affect womens musical performances in rural Eastern
Uganda. His work draws directly on his research on HIV/AIDS and musical
performance, and how social memory is challenged by the uncertainty
of a collective future.
David M. Bloome, professor of education, has done extensive research
on the social and cultural dimensions of language and literacy, with
particular concern for how social groups and social institutions use
literacy to define themselves. He has co-authored several books, including
Reading Words: A Critical Commentary on Key Terms in the Teaching of
Reading; Writing Ourselves: Mass-Observation and Literacy Practices;
and Discourse Analysis and the Study of Classroom Language and Literacy
Events (forthcoming). His current research interests include the writing
and re-writing of the Yizher Bikher (Jewish Memorial Books) and the
Mass-Observation Project, a peoples anthropology of
everyday life in the United Kingdom, which began in 1930.
William James Booth, professor of political science, is Jacque Voegeli
Fellow and co-director of the Fellows Program. He is the author of Households:
On the Moral Architecture of the Economy and Interpreting the World:
A Study of Kants Philosophy of History and Politics. He has also
co-edited two collections of essays and published articles on Marxist
political economy and classical Greek economic theory. His research
considers the relationships between political identity, moral accountability,
and the politics of memory. In particular, he is interested in the ethics
of remembrance associated with the Holocaust in Germany and the Vichy
years in France.
Tina Y. Chen, assistant professor of English, specializes in Asian American
literature. She is the author of articles on postcolonial Asian America,
U.S.Asian relations, ethnicity on the contemporary stage, and
the poetics of displacement in Asian American literature. She is currently
studying Asian American subject formation as a politics of impersonation.
Her book project, entitled Double Agency: Acts of Impersonation
in Contemporary Asian American Representation, emphasizes the
critical juncture between the visible and the invisible, perception
and performance, and impersonation and identity in Asian American subject
Larry J. Griffin, professor of sociology and history and Director of
the American and Southern Studies Program, is Spence Wilson Fellow and
co-director of the Fellows Program. He is the author of numerous articles
on race and race relations in the U.S. South, the methodology of social
and historical inquiry, and social inequality. These include Southern
Distinctiveness, Yet Again; Or, Why America Still Needs the South
and The Promise of a Sociology of the American South (both
in Southern Cultures) and Memory, Identity, and Representation
in/of the South and Appalachia (Appalachian Journal, forthcoming).
He is co-editor (with Don H. Doyle) of The South as an American Problem.
He is currently studying memory in the South and its implications for
southern identity and political consciousness.
Yoshikuni Igarashi, associate professor of history, has written on Japanese
cultural and intellectual history in the interwar period as well as
the post World War II period. His book, Bodies of Memory: Narratives
of War in Postwar Japanese Culture, 1945-1970, examines the tension
between the repression and expression of the trauma of the war, contemplating
the impact of the war and Japans defeat on postwar Japanese society.
He continues to examine the ways in which postwar Japan reconstructed
its national identity through reestablishing its relations with the
wartime past, and is at work on a second book on postwar Japan and mass
Richard H. King, professor in American intellectual history at the University
of Nottingham, is William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor
of History. Professor King has published extensively on American intellectual
history with an emphasis on political and social thought in the twentieth
century. His particular areas of interest include African American thought,
race and culture, the history of the south since Reconstruction, southern
literature, politics and the novel, the philosophy of history, and critical
theory. He is the author of The Party of Eros; A Southern Renaissance;
Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom, and editor of Dixie Debates (with
Amy Helene Kirschke, assistant professor of fine arts, specializes in
African American art history. She is the author of Aaron Douglas: Art,
Race and the Harlem Renaissance as well as numerous articles and encyclopedia
entries on African American art. Professor Kirschke is particularly
interested in addressing the idea of cultural memory in the visual arts.
She is currently working on a book-length study of W.E.B. Du Bois
use of art during his years as editor of The Crisis magazine (19101934)
to express the political and social issues of the day as well as to
create a tie to African heritage.
Michael Kreyling, professor of English, is Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow
and co-director of the Fellows Program. Professor Kreyling works in
the fields of American studies, Southern studies, and Southern literature.
Among other publications, he is the author of Understanding Eudora Welty;
Inventing Southern Literature; and Author and Agent: Eudora Welty and
Diarmuid Russell. He is also the author of U.S. and Italy: The
Poetics and Politics of The Southern Problem, a comparative
study of the south as a problem in Italian and U.S. literature
from 1860 to the present (forthcoming in Critical Survey [U.K.]). He
is currently at work on a literary and biographical study of detective
novelist Ross Macdonald (Kenneth Millar, 19151983).
Charles E. Morris III, assistant professor of communication studies,
studies the rhetoric of the American experience and social protest.
He is the co-author of Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest, as
well as journal articles and book chapters on rhetoric, identity and
public culture. He is currently completing a book entitled Closet
Eloquence: Passing and the Subversive Art of Discourse in America,
which engages the closet as both idiom and relic in queer
culture and public memory. He is the book review editor for Argumentation
Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., professor of philosophy and Director of African
American Studies, has written widely on African philosophy, African
American philosophy and the history of philosophy in the west. He is
the author of On Race and Philosophy, as well as numerous articles and
book chapters. He is currently at work on a study of Ralph Ellisons
efforts to define how identity formation in American society is hampered
by the challenges of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversities,
and is completing a manuscript with the working title, Race, Reason,
Thomas A. Schwartz, associate professor of history, is interested in
the history of twentieth-century American foreign relations. He is the
author of Americas Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic
and has recently completed a manuscript entitled In the Shadow
of Vietnam: Lyndon Johnson and Europe. He is currently at work
on a book entitled The Long Twilight Struggle: A Concise History
of the Cold War, which investigates polar representations of the
memory of the Cold War: the memory of a triumphant celebration of the
defeat of Soviet expansionism and totalitarianism, and the memory of
the more questionable and morally dubious undertaking of the United
States in fighting the Cold War.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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