Da Fourteenth! We launch our podcast Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism Scholar Production!


Professor Eileen James
Dr. William Dalessio
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

January 14, 2 pm EST

Eileen James teaches literature, composition, and public speaking at the Community College of RI. She received an MFA in literary writing from Brown University, and her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including RIBOT, Innisfree, Monsters and the Monstrous, and Rag Shock. She is currently finishing up her work in the PhD program at the University of RI, and her publications reflect her diverse critical interests, focusing on the rhetoric of power and privilege, the benefits of peer learning the writing classroom, and pop culture through a Black American lens. She excited to be a part of this pursuit and lend her curiosity, insight, and shameful humor to the group.

Bill Dalessio grew up outside of Providence, RI, in a working-class Italian American household with his parents, sister, paternal grandmother, uncle, and aunt. A first-generation college-student, he earned a B.A. in English at Rhode Island College and a M.A. and Ph.D., both in English, at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dalessio has several publications, including his book Are We What We Eat? Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature and articles in publications such as a/b: auto/biography studies, Studies in the Humanities, and The Southern Quarterly. Currently he is an Associate Professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he teaches multicultural American literature and composition courses.

Cherie Ann Turpin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the English Program at University of DC, an HBCU. Her  publications include the book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love (2010), as well as articles and chapters in academic journals and anthologies. She is developing two books:  1) Afrofuturism and African spiritual traditions; 2)  Digital Humanities and Diversity. 

Together, we are the hosts for the newest academic podcast on the block:

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

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Mark Anthony Neal!

Left of Black | Black Image Makers with Shawn Michelle Smith

Prof. Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Shawn Michelle Smith as she discusses her latest publication, “Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography,” which explores cutting edge Black image makers who have created new work by repurposing photography done in the past in attempts to express the complexity of Black life. Shawn Michelle Smith is Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can purchase the book here, published by @Duke University Press: https://www.dukeupress.edu/photograph… Learn more about the photographic work and publications of Dr. Smith here: https://shawnmichellesmith.com/home.html Left of Black is a web series featuring interviews with Black Studies scholars created and hosted by James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the @Duke Franklin Humanities Institute. New SEASON 11 episode every Thursday! #LEFTofBLACK#JohnHopeFranklin#BlackStudies#season11#blackscholar Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Additional footage & photography used in this episode were produced by the following: Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago https://mcachicago.org/Collection/Ite… The Metropolitan Museum of Art https://bit.ly/35hC2c3 History of Photography Podcast http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com/arc… Walker Art Center https://youtu.be/cmvEAUfZXHs Carolina Performing Arts https://bit.ly/3nhek61 ©John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – used with permission https://www.macfound.org/fellows/984/… The National Gallery of Art https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2018/…