Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

November 12, 2019

Friends, family, and coworkers in the Midlands of South Carolina, please join me for a free lecture and discussion about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, published earlier this year by the History Press, at the Greater Columbia Baha'i Cente...

November 4, 2019

This weekend I'll be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual conference of the Southern Historical Association (SHA), and local friends have been kind enough to organize two book talks while I'm in town.

The first will be an informal gathering Friday night at...

October 22, 2019

Today as a part of a brief overview of African music, I introduced my Introduction to African & African American Studies class to Ewe polyrhythm, and I think we're all the better for it. 

When I was nineteen and living in southern Togo, I had no idea what polyrhythm wa...

October 8, 2019

A couple of weeks ago at an interesting forum hosted by the SC Human Affairs Commission and the SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, seated next to the Vice-Chair of the Waccamaw Indian People, an African American state legislator, and an advocate for children...

October 2, 2019

This week I'll be attending my first conference as a member of the venerable Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the "Father of Black History," and several colleagues. This 104th annual confe...

October 1, 2019

The History Press released my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, at the end of February, and I'm excited about being on the road to share it!

Weighing in at a slim 190 pages, in softcover, with more than 70 beautiful historic photographs, maps, a...

August 20, 2019

It's the first day of the fall semester at my university, and my thoughts have been turning, as they often do, to the nature and purpose of my work and my attitude towards it. Some years ago I came across this essay, part of a scholarly exchange in the newsletter of th...

July 9, 2019

I'm happy to be traveling to Phoenix, AZ this weekend for a talk about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina. I'll be presenting at a monthly gathering at the home of my friend Dr. Gregory Schweitz at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. I'll have cop...

May 20, 2019

Check out this interview I did with Baha'i Blog, a great site that provides high-quality, thoughtful content for Baha'is and their friends worldwide, about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, which was just published at the end of February. Th...

April 8, 2019

Friends, family, and coworkers in Upstate South Carolina, please join me for a free lecture and discussion about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, just published by the History Press, at the Baha'i Center in Greenville this Saturday, April 1...

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