Thanks for the words of appreciation and congrats on getting into the EdD program! I didn't know you were going into the education field (I do teacher professional development in addition to youth leadership development in high schools, so this is near and dear to my heart), which school are you going to?
You'd said you were interested in contributing to the global atheist experiences project I'm working on, but I'm not sure which of your blogs you wanted to share. I quite appreciated the one titled "Objectivity Manifests Misrepresentation." One of the comments below it stated that you were working on something similar regarding atheism; I look forward to it. Is that (future?) blog the one you mean to contribute for the book project?
As a totally random aside, my brother-in-law's name is Anwar.
Yes, I would definitely appreciate your contribution to the essay project. I want to include as many different voices as possible, including voices from within various American communities. Are you interested in submitting the blog you mentioned, or adapting it for the project, or...?
Thanks very much for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you again,
Thanks for the comments - very flattering! We'll have to talk about urban education sometime - I'd love to hear what you have to say. My philosophical background is a little different (strictly Anglo-American analytical, with some Pragmatism thrown in), but I occasionally explore the continentals... =D
Hey Anwar, So good to hear from you. On my end, things are starting to get manageable--only a few more weeks of teaching, and then I will have five weeks to finish my book, which I hope to send to publishers by the end of January. It will feel strange to be finished with this book, as I have been living with it for four years now. I suspect it will feel like sending one of my children off to college.
How are your grad school applications coming along? Teaching and applying to grad school probably feels overwhelming.
NYU is generally solid academically but again beware of the insular racialized politics (which exist to some extent everywhere). Am Studies used to have Tricia Rose and Robin Kelley (black critical theory scholars). Rose has moved on but if Kelley is there he's worth hooking up with; his emphasis is black popular culture, labor history, social justice politics, etc.
NYU was a good formative/toughening experience; intellectually challenging and at that time heavily steeped in critical theory (poststructuralism, postcolonialism, etc.). I was one of about three AA students in Perf Studies so the racial climate was definitely problematic; characterized by the usual graduate school incestuous/parasitic claustrophobia, liberal white denial and faculty favoritism. I advise all grad students of color to develop backbones of steel and to zealously protect their work/psyches from predators. What programs are you looking into?
Thanks Anwar. I appreciated your blog posts as well, especially the whole notion of feeling on the margins identity-wise. At the AAI conference this weekend I could count the number of people of color present on two hands.