I am now spending hours going through mountains of file folders, papers, and offprints in an effort to subdue my life to some sort of order. I am simply astonished to discover episodes in my professional life that I had completely forgotten. For example, it appears that in 2004, I undertook, using my USSAS mailing list, to raise money for an NAACP voter registration campaign. Really? Who knew?
Along the way, I came across one delicious item that I need to share with you, if only to illustrate just how wonderful my colleagues were in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Here are the title and sub-title of a paper delivered at a 1990 panel discussion in Atlanta, Georgia. The author is my colleague Michael Thelwell.
“Cap’n Dey Done Stole De Canon, Best We Bring Up Our Howitzer”
Or, not necessarily more precisely, but in the fashion of the day:
“The problematique of de-situating the re-marginalization of Afro-centric tropistic significations, intertextually, against the ambience of a phallo- and Euro-centric, post-Derridian canonical discourse, mediated by a post-Freudian, pre-coital detumescence and seminal exhaustion, other-ality, and the influential anxieties of race and gender.”