The Gumbe

April 10, 2019

ISS Annual Meeting (Memphis 2019) – a summary

With its rich history in the rhythms, sounds, and seasonings of the U.S. experience, Memphis TN provided a great setting for Fourth Annual Meeting of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures. ISS members and friends gathered over the February 21–23 weekend in Memphis to deliberate and...READ MORE
January 17, 2019

Why attend the ISS Annual Meetings

If you are still undecided about attending the ISS Annual Meeting to be held, Feb. 21-23, consider the opportunity to meet and network with a group of cutting-edge and transgressive scholars, thinkers, and artistes. Up close and personal interactions along with collaborative work have become...READ MORE
August 26, 2018

In Memoriam – Sterling Stuckey

Sterling Stuckey, an eminent black historian who challenged his white colleagues by documenting how uprooted Africans not only retained their culture while they survived slavery but eventually suffused the rest of American society with their transplanted folkways, died on Aug. 15 in Riverside, Calif. He...READ MORE
April 27, 2018

Finding our Voices – by Quynh-Hoa Nguyen

As a woman working in a predominantly patriarchal culture and under communism in Vietnam, I see fear dominate both those with power and those without it. People who wield power fear losing it and those who are subject to power fear for their safety and...READ MORE