Panel discussions at WizardCon: San Antonio

Panel discussions at WizardCon: San Antonio

I will be at WizardCon in San Antonio, Texas in a couple of weeks talking about comic books! Saturday, 2 August, I will be on a panel discussing 1939 in the comic book industry and World War II. Sunday, 3 August, I will give a mini-talk, “Truth, Justice, and the...
#Referendumya Day 2: Making Working Groups and Police Intimidation

#Referendumya Day 2: Making Working Groups and Police Intimidation

“In order for the law to be written on bodies, an apparatus is required that can mediate the relation between the former and the latter. From the. instruments of scarification, tatooing, and primitive initiation to those of penal justice, tools work on the body. Formerly the tool was a flint...
Referendum Now: A Spanish Democracy for the 21st Century

Referendum Now: A Spanish Democracy for the 21st Century

Part one in an ongoing series on the movement #referendumya. Yesterday, in Madrid’s centre square, the Puerta de Sol, thousands of Spaniards of all types came together in an act of defiance against the Spanish Constitutional Monarchy upon the news that King Juan Carlos I of Spain, a Bourbon king, had...
Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Fordham’s first digital humanities history course! Based on nearly two years of research and preparation, this cultural history  course has students study bohemianism starting in the 19th century using social network theory, queer theory, urban space theory, and critical theory, while collecting oral histories, creating digital content, and maintaining a website made...
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Rimbaud in New York

Rimbaud in New York

Photos from the series “Rimbaud in New York 1978-9″, by David Wojnarowicz. David Wojnarowicz and Arthur Rimbaud. Two boys suffering untold abuses. Connected through the messy  bloodstain of art, a paper mask worn by so many. Rimbaud was shot at by his lover, Verlaine. Wojnarowicz was shot when the knock of the door of a...
Notebooks for Dialogue

Notebooks for Dialogue

Just wanted to share with you all the new imagining of the project that originally started on BurntCitrus.  It’s called Notebooks for Dialogue (sound familiar?)  The content will be provided primarily by students enrolled in my class “understanding historical change: early modern europe, or, murder! treason! equality! and terror!”  More coming soon!
curation of ourselves: digital identities and publicness in the 21st century

curation of ourselves: digital identities and publicness in the 21st century

I am a discerning poster on Tumblr, carefully choosing what I post.  On Facebook, I bounce between news articles and the like that I think are worth reading; however, my status updates primarily revolve around my coffee, comic book and bibliophile addictions—with heavy accents of internet meanderings which I find informative or noteworthy (many thanks...
little care boxes for people affected by hurricane sandy

little care boxes for people affected by hurricane sandy

We are putting together care packages to give to those affected.  We need people to spread awareness of our efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  We need VOLUNTEERS to help us pack and deliver these care packages this weekend.  We need people to donate (even if it’s a dollar) to help provide these packages. We’ve...
how much does free speech cost?

how much does free speech cost?

I often pass by the advertisements in the New York Subway (which are now underwater) and barely pay attention.  Usually, it is something banal that doesn’t interest someone who doesn’t own a television. However, recently, when walking through Grand Central Terminal to meet up with some friends for a day of coffee shop hopping and...
vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

  Hipsters everywhere love vinyl.  The sound is “warmer”, they say. What is warm sound?  Far from a music theorist, I will try to describe what it is about vinyl that turns the hipster into an addict of vinyl.  I currently have thousands of songs in my iTunes; I also have an affinity for vinyl—even going...
hurrication 2012: behind the storm

hurrication 2012: behind the storm

As I gear up to re-visit this web project, I’ve decided to make it much more personalised.  Thus, It will reflect some of my everyday meanderings, ponderings, and will also reflect some of the work that I am doing.  I’m a frequent poster on Tumblr, which also will be featured on the site. Taking advantage...
From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship

From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship

Excited to present at Cornell University’s conference From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship  this weekend!  I’ll be presenting my paper “Spanish Revolution: Youth, Dissent & “Occupying” Space in Madrid” on a panel titled  Space, Time, & Occupation, which will consider the tactics and strategies used by young people in the summer of...
Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain

Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain

I’m “super” excited to announce the publication of the new book of which I am apart, The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times,  edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Darowski writes: Louie Dean Valencia García provides a different view of this American icon, by analyzing Superman’s influence in Spain during the 1950s...
Occupy_______: So what is this Global Youth Movement? (pass it on)

Occupy_______: So what is this Global Youth Movement? (pass it on)

Fair disclosure:  This is only my opinion based upon my experiences in Madrid and New York. This movement is about a lot of things for a lot of people.  The problems are complex.  We are currently learning how to articulate these problems.  Only then can we be ready to solve them in a way that is...
Puerto Rican Voice at Occupy Wall Street

Puerto Rican Voice at Occupy Wall Street

  Video I shot from Sunday, 10 October, 2011 at Occupy Wall Street.  For more on the Sounds of Occupy Wall Street, see Meena’s podcast:  The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet
The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet

The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet

      Music on Wallstreet A sound piece I mixed from Occupy Wallstreet!  More to come–enjoy!