Resources, or, a love letter to my students.
Students often ask me to create a repository for sources that I find and think are important, so that they can continue to access these sources after our course is over. Because over the past few years I’ve moved between a few different institutions, my own personal website seemed like the best place for this. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some resources that I think are worth checking out, or that are currently “giving me life.” I hope that my students, past and present, and others, find them useful. I will continue to add to this list in the future.
The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know…
Book: The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America. 2019. Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman.
I really can’t say enough good things about this book. There are essays in this edited collection that I would and will assign in my courses on international migration, identity politics in the US, cultural geography, and US-Middle East relations. In this book writers “share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong.” It includes essays by some of my favorite writers, like Fatimah Asghar and Mona Chalabi. I think this collection will be empowering to many of the students I have had the privilege to teach.
Podcast: Code Switch. A culture podcast on NPR.
Code Switch is an excellent podcast on NPR hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji. I’ve assigned episodes for several of my courses, including March 26 2019 “Ask Code Switch: You Are What You Eat,” October 9 2018 “Our Homeland is Each Other” on transracial adoptees, August 7 2018 “Talk American,” and June 26 2018 “Immigrant Nation.”
Podcast: The Daily from the New York Times.
The Daily is, as you might expect, a daily podcast from NYT which tends to focus in detail on one current story in the news cycle, including the history leading up to that story. There are some EXCELLENT episodes, including: August 31 3018 “When We Almost Stopped Climate Change,” June 18 2019 “The Myth That Busing Failed,” February 19 2019 “The Democrats and Israel,” February 4 2019 “Making Peace with the Taliban,” November 29 2018 “The U.S. as a Place of Refuge,” November 26 2018 “The Human Toll of Instant Delivery,” November 20 2018 “Why U.S. Bombs Are Falling in Yemen,” and June 5 2019 “This Drug Could End H.I.V. Why Hasn’t It?” The podcast often invites on the reporters following these stories, the people impacted, and historians and other experts.