Soapbox

In the “old days,” people who wanted to preach or make a public speech about something would haul a soapbox into the middle of the street, climb on, and start talking. Soapboxes must have been more sturdy back then. Nowadays, we just use webpages. Here’s my contribution to that tradition. Some of these entries are academic, some are not. For other writings, check out my She-blog.

Academic Papers

A brief essay on the Feminist Public Sphere discusses two forms of feminist discourse, the confessional and the deferral of “not speaking for others.” These two forms erode public discourse and feminist politics. Delivered at the Western States Communication Association convention in 1997. It’s very old, but still has some relevance.

A book review of Donna Haraway’s book, Modest Witness, published in Hypatia. This book review was coauthored with Ingrid Bartsch, who is a plant biologist, and Carolyn DiPalma, who is a political theorist. It took three of us together to make sense of the book. Gosh, Donna’s so smart.

Critical Public Address — This paper Josh Gunn and I wrote and  delivered at the Public Address Pre-conference in Chicago, 2003. In this paper we try to resurrect the oratorical root of public address studies. It’s a hoot. Fun if you’re into PA stuff.

The Southern Phoenix: Women’s Voice and the Sexual Politics of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol — This is a paper delivered to Southern States Communication Association convention in April 2002. The capitol building erases women’s real world political accomplishments while it foregrounds stereotypes about southern women. This paper was written before Kathleen Blanco’s election as governor of Louisiana in 2004. Sometime in between this paper and her election, the film exhibit I discuss in the paper was removed from the State Capitol in favor of a new film that celebrated the Louisiana Purchase.

Whiteness in Disney’s The Haunted Mansion — This is the draft of a presentation  at the 2005 Southern States Communication Association convention. It’s missing a bibliography and it’s sloppy, but, it talks about race in the Haunted Mansion.

Other Writing

Ten Cool Things about Baton Rouge — Baton Rouge is a difficult place to live if you want something more than football, drinking, church, and crawfish boils. Spanish Town Mardi Gras and other events are unique, local fun, but infrequent. The list is ten+ years in the making.  Part I started in 2001, explains the history, purpose, and rules of the list, and it stops at 2010. Ten More Cool Things About Baton Rouge exceeds Ten Things, moving on to 20. Part II is more contemporary and interesting; Part I sounds desperate, but has some true gems.

Respecting the The First Day of Class — Applies Harry Wong’s principles of the first day of school to college teaching.

Books for Tween Grrls — Recommendations that will appeal to tween girls. The list was generated by the members of the UU Church’s Mother/Daughter reading group. This list was generated around early 2000, which predates Twilight. Since then, the young adult literature market has exploded with an infinite number of offerings, both positive and horrifying.