In this bonus episode I’m speaking to Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, the former director of Florida Folklife Program & State Folklorist from 1996 to 2009. Dr. Bucuvalas worked with communities across the state and developed a number of public programs to spotlight Florida’s rich cultural heritage. Her work in Eatonville, FL is noteworthy as she helped make the case for the town addition to the National Register of Historic Places.
In this week’s episode I spoke with Rachel H. Simmons, the archivist for the Winter Park Public Library (https://www.wppl.org/). Working with the community to craft a more holistic narrative that weaves the collective experience together relies on the support of archivist. In thinking about the project that inspires this podcast, we recognize it as public scholarship to enhance civic discourse. Public Scholarship is defined by Imagining America (https://imaginingamerica.org/). IA help to define public scholarship as projects that promote mutually-beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sphere. Under that framework community institutions like the local library and academic institutions (Rollins College [https://www.rollins.edu/history/] and the University of Central Florida [http://history.cah.ucf.edu/]) can do much to bridge the gap between knowledge creation and community engagement.
In this conversation, Ms. Simmons talks about h
A Conversation with Diedre Faith Houchen about Black Education and Liberation
In this week’s episode, we delve deeper into the black social world by examining a liberatory tradition in education. Historically, achieving education and economic stability were priorities for African Americans after the Civil War. The effort to achieve access to education is one defining aspect of the collective activism we see in black communities since Reconstruction. Those struggles continue, but to learn more about the legacy of education activism I spoke with Diedre Houchen, a postdoctoral associate for the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations in the Levin School of Law ( https://www.law.ufl.edu/areas-of-study/centers/csrrr) at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Houchen's work exploring black teacher activism in the early 20th century sheds light on the hidden network of black educators that shaped the civil right narrative in Florida.
About Diedre Faith Houchen, Ph.D.
This week I spoke with Walter D. Greason. Walter is the Dean of the Honors School and an historian in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. His recent works include Planning Future Cities (a co-edited collection on urban development with Anthony Pratcher II), Cities Imagined (a co-edited collection on the Africa Diaspora in media and culture with Julian C. Chambliss), and Industrial Education (a co-edited collection on race and industrialization with David Goldberg). Greason’s groundbreaking cultural history, Suburban Erasure, won the prize for Best Non-Fiction about New Jersey in 2014. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH). A life member of the African American Intellectual History Society, Dr. Greason’s #RacialViolenceSyllabus reached millions of readers after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, contributing to an ongoing public debate
In this episode Julian Chambliss (Michigan State University) and Scot French ( University of Central Florida) discuss how they approach the idea of changing the community history for Winter Park, Florida.
In this episode Julian Chambliss ( Department of English and History at Michigan State University) and Scot French (Department of History, University of Central Florida) discuss finding the pathway to rethinking the local history narrative for Winter Park, Florida.