Monday, May 11, 2009

Keele Diary #7

Week two begins at Keele. It will be a busy week for me, but with an attainable carrot at the end of the stick. On Wednesday I will be siting in on the Southern history seminar again, this time talking about the desegregation of education. I've done some work on Brown v. Board and on the Ole Miss integration crisis, among other germane topics, so I hope I'll have something to contribute.

Then that afternoon, Weednesday May 13th, I give my research presentation, "'Digging in For a Long Fight': Bus Boycotts, White Supremacy, and Black resistance in the US and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s." That will take place at 2:30 in the David Bruce Centre Seminar Room (CBB 1.030). If you happen to be in the general vicinity of the University of Keele, you can see me present a talk about what amounts to the first three chapters of my next book.

Thursday I am leading a seminar on the American West for the director of the Bruce Centre, who is out of town and offered me the chance to take his class for one of its sessions. I have two hours, and we'll mostly talk about regional identity and what it means. I have no particular expertise on the West, but I do feel as if I know a bit about regionalism in the United States and how regional identity can be contested.

My reward for work well done (or, for that matter, for work done) will be a trip down to Oxford where there will be a no doubt debauched reunion of the Armitage Shanks. I look forward to returning to Oxford, to seeing good friends, and to closing down all manner of pubs and bars. Until then, though, I have writing to do.


Jeremy said...

Good luck with the presentation, Dr. Catsam. I am sure you will do a fine job.

dcat said...

Thanks. One way or the other it happens tomorrow afternoon!