academia

The Price Women Pay: Sexism and Power in Academia

Next month marks the three-year anniversary of my escape from academia. I say “escape” not because I really wanted to leave academia, but because I’ve come to realize in recent months that I barely got out with my sanity intact. Last December, one of my former professors passed away from cancer. She was young and … [Read more…]

Así soy: A conversation with Josephine Figueroa

Josephine Figueroa

The Latinx community is blooming in Atlanta. Nonprofits, bands, businesses, artists, legislators- everyone is working hard and pushing forward. In the midst of this movement is Josephine Figueroa, the creative who is making spaces and opening doors for our voices to be heard. From curating art shows to throwing the best rumba in town, there … [Read more…]

Auntie Bellum Weekend Mix #37

Carver High School students in White Springs Florida, playing Mazoo in 1956 (courtesy of the Florida Memory Project)

First mix of the summer features fresh, Florida indie hip hop, Texas punk rock, South Carolina folk rock, Louisiana jazzy, funky soul, and more. As always (though less frequently) these mixes feature mostly new music from hard-working and talented Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners. I’ve included a Spotify playlist, videos, and just a … [Read more…]

The Handmaid’s Tale and Archiving Survivor’s Stories: A Reminder of Why I’m a Public Historian

photo by Daniel X. O'Neill

Content Warning: rape and sexual assault, molestation, childhood sexual abuse Spoiler Alert: season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale season 1 Watching the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, I was reminded of why as a survivor of rape, and childhood sexual abuse, I am a public historian. Studying history as a survivor is no easy … [Read more…]

Gadot is Wonder Woman but Wonder Woman is more than Gadot.

Warner Bros. Movie Still

For the past few months, I feel like I spend half my time wading into comments sections (I know, I know – never read the comments) and screaming at the top of my keyboard lungs: Not all Jews! The rise of anti-Semitism is undeniable but lately, it feels like it is also coming from all … [Read more…]