Creating Community: Life and Learning at Montgomery's Black University

Creating Community: Life and Learning at Montgomery's Black University

by Karl E. Westhauser
     
 

"Creating Community explores how faculty members at Alabama State University, a historically black university in Montgomery, have been inspired by African American culture and the legacy of the civil rights movement. It also examines how they interpret and extend that inspiration through teaching, scholarship, and service. The contributors to the volume describe a…  See more details below

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"Creating Community explores how faculty members at Alabama State University, a historically black university in Montgomery, have been inspired by African American culture and the legacy of the civil rights movement. It also examines how they interpret and extend that inspiration through teaching, scholarship, and service. The contributors to the volume describe a wide range of experiences from the era of segregation to the present day. These include accounts of growing up and going to college in Alabama, arriving in the South for the first time to teach at ASU, and the development of programs such as the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture. Together, the essays present viewpoints that reflect the diverse ethnic, cultural, and academic backgrounds of the contributors and of the university." Creating Community is informed by the awareness that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have responded in significant ways to social changes of the past generation, and it addresses questions about the role of the black university in contemporary society. In this way, it offers readers the opportunity to understand how issues of diversity, identity, multiculturalism, and race impact Alabama State University in particular and HBCUs in general.

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“The voices speak about what it means to be a black college, what it means to be Alabamian by birth or migration, southerness from insider and outsider perspectives, and community in a historical vacuum of islandism. The voices speak about faculty roles and responsibilities in the changing landscape of higher education and generational spurts in the student population. The voices speak about unintelligible whisperings of unknown and unnamed things that may or may not exist. To the extent that Creating Community gives voice to any one of these areas of comment, it fills a great gap in our knowing and serves a most useful purpose."--M. Christopher Brown II, author of The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817314637
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
09/18/2005
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Karl E. Westhauser is Associate Professor of History, Elaine M. Smith is retired Assistant Professor of History, and Jennifer A. Fremlin is Associate Professor of English and Humanities, all at Alabama State University.
 

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