Sunday, August 6, 2017
After coming back from the SHEAR (Society for Historians Annual Meeting) in Philadelphia, PA I was inspired to write a piece for the Historians Against Slavery blog. Check it out here: Thoughts on Teaching: Why Modern Slavery Belongs in a History of Slavery. I use the piece to explore my past approaches to History of U.S. Slavery and reflect on the need to bring the discussion of modern slavery into future courses on the topic. Shout out to my colleague Bridget Diamond-Welch and her students in the Spring 2017 Human Trafficking course for inspiring me with their work.
A photo of some of us from my Spring 2017 Race and Slavery in U.S. History course participating in the Red Sand Project installation.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
So, did I like the movie Wonder Woman? You betcha. But there is a lot more to say about it! Fortunately, I was invited to join Jackie Hendry on SDPB's radio program In the Moment to talk about the summer blockbuster and the history of the character.
Wonder Woman has been the subject of scrutiny since her comic book debut in 1941, from her costume to her feminism. So how does this summer's movie match up to the character's origins? Sara Lampert is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality studies program at the University of South Dakota. She spoke with her former student, SDPB's Jackie Hendry, about the movie's relationship with history and gender politics.
Visit http://listen.sdpb.org/post/moment-thoughts-wonder-woman to list to the program. There's also an extended cut from the interview. And don't miss Jackie Hendry's fantastic interview with Vince Schilling of Indian Country Media Network about Native American representation in the film.
If you want to learn more about this fascinating character and her history, pick up a copy of historian Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), which explores the work of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and his partners and inspiration Elizabeth Holloway and Olive Byrne.