The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Marisa Parham

Marisa ParhamMarisa Parham hails from Chicago, IL and attended college at Washington University (St. Louis), later earning her doctorate from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. She is currently an assistant professor at Amherst College, teaching classes in African-American literary and cultural studies, American popular culture, and Anglophone literatures after colonialism. Currently, Marisa is completing a book manuscript entitled Haunted: Memory, Space, and African-American Modernity. She is also a board member at the Amherst Cinema Arts Center, and manages the Cypher & Syllable online writers collective. Dr. Parham serves on the Mass Humanities board.

The viral and the local

Heather Brandon recently had a nice post here at The Public Humanist,about journalism and blogging, and also the place of the local online. Her post reminded me of this moment earlier this year, when one of my students blogged about a local billboard, the one you see on rt. 9 as you come east across the bridge into Hadley. This particular ad was for Budweiser, with its tagline “Expect Everything” graffitied into “Expect Misogyny.”

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Teaching and Learning the F Word

In classes I teach, a female student invariably tosses this one into conversation, using the phrase to make sure that, despite what she is about to say, no one should think badly of her. And I have taught many different kinds of students, from a variety of backgrounds in a variety of settings. Still the same sentence:"I am not a feminist." The statement is always striking– not only because students rarely come up with anything self-consciously radical in many classroom conversations, but …

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