The Me Nobody Knew Then

The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity “When I […]

“What we investigate is linked to who we are”

Research related to the effort to enlarge and diversify the computing pipeline discloses that young people’s career choices are heavily influenced by parents, teachers and guidance counselors. (References) In plumbing my childhood experiences, I see evidence how I began to think of myself as a writer, and the values I began to internalize that would shape the kind of writer I ultimately became.

Danny Glover on Sam Cooke

I love what Danny Glover says here about how young people use music to create meaning and identity.This documentary, Crossing Over, is especially valuable for its recollections by Lou Rawls, James Brown and Billy Preston, all of whom are gone.

Remembering Paul Robeson

I first learned of Paul Robeson when I was 15 years old. I was in Temple University’s Paley Library helping my father with his research, and I was looking for something to read in my free time. I found his autobiography, Here I Stand. I started asking questions in my classes about why Robeson had been blacklisted […]

The Enlightenment’s Contradictory Legacy and the Evolution of American Journalism

The European Enlightenment fostered ideals that still animate democratic societies, but those ideals were freighted with received notions of white supremacy and patriarchy. This presentation traces the ways in which those ideas affected the development of the norms and practices of American journalism in the 18th and 19th centuries. The contradictory legacy of the Enlightenment […]

Of interest: A New Sociological Critique of The Souls of Black Folk

The 1903 publication of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk is considered a watershed in the history of American arts, letters and politics. Du Bois (1868-1963), then a sociologist at Atlanta University, offered his theory of “double-consciousness” – the notion that black Americans are deprived of agency and self-awareness because survival in […]

New fantasy app: GIGO for public databases and websites

One of the most important and powerful features of computational journalism is the ability to pull information from multiple databases and remix them in a variety of ways. Of course, that means that errors in those databases will be compounded and remixed as well. I wrote a bit about this problem in an October 27, […]