Thursday, June 24, 2010
I gave a talk about Regina Andrews on 23 June 2010 in the Royal Library (The Black Diamond) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The presentation was organized by Dr. Laura Skouvig of the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen. The audience included a mix of faculty, archivists and the director of the Danish Center for Information on Women and Gender.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I recently found out that I was awarded a grant for this project from the University of Wisconsin - System's Institute on Race & Ethnicity (IRE). I plan to use the funds to return to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; a trip to the Beinecke Library at Yale University to examine the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters; and to take a class at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA to work on the documentary project.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I have found a variety of places in Copenhagen that provided writing spaces for my project. I just wanted to document some of these. In descending order: Lion's Book Cafe, my favorite, the most traditional cafe/bookstore. Luckily 90% of the books are in Danish which prevents me from getting distracted; the Christianshavn Bibliotek (the public library branch) is just around the corner from where I live. I was able to get a library card but only about 5% of their books are in English; Cafe Wilder (website doesn't work), Cafe Oven Vande, Cafe Luna, and Cafe Bizarro are actually restaurants but they don't mind people writing and using their laptops between breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Finally, Arnold Busck, a bookstore with a cafe and unfortunately an English language book section that includes a whole mystery section--my favorite.