UVA Cemetery Tour

I’ve been taking daily walks through the University of Virginia Cemetery to get some fresh air during quarantine, and the official walking tour leaves a lot to be desired. You can imagine: the cemetery itself is a lot of illustrious male professors and male librarians and male soldiers next to graves marked “wife of.” I thoughtContinue reading “UVA Cemetery Tour”

Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)

As part of the Praxis program’s unit on pedagogy, each member of the cohort has developed a low-tech workshop on a digital humanities topic. Mine focuses on print-to-digital transcription, and the materials are freely available here: lesson plan and slides. At the link above, I share some reflections on how I came to this topicContinue reading “Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)”

Building Ourselves Up to Build Things

you know when you’re trying to make a thing on the internet, and the platform you’re using is free so you can’t complain, but the very simple thing you want isn’t built in so you groan and click “source” to examine the HTML only to see endless <span> and <div> tags that are out toContinue reading “Building Ourselves Up to Build Things”

Cartas de América #20: so a white woman walks into a seminar on black radicalism

It’s very easy, for those of us in positions of privilege, to get overwhelmed by this barrage of new information, get scared that we’ll get it wrong, and walk away unchanged. It’s harder to dive in at precisely the points we suspect we’re wrong about. What I am in fact describing is the process ofContinue reading “Cartas de América #20: so a white woman walks into a seminar on black radicalism”

it’s not just work

Last year I wrote a piece called “It’s just work” about how I manage grad school and its tendency to expand to fill all my time. I was reminded of that piece recently after a conversation I had with a Dominican priest, who remarked that one of the ways religious life works is that itContinue reading “it’s not just work”

Cartas de América #16: five lessons from grad school

Two (academic) years ago, I was given a list of books and told to prepare for a week of written exams followed by an oral exam sometime in spring 2018. In the meantime, I was tasked with passing 10 classes, teaching 6 others, writing a mess of term papers and projects, and attempting to buildContinue reading “Cartas de América #16: five lessons from grad school”

Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself

Earlier this year, I told you about a project I’m working on for which the working title is Repent! (And Have It Notarized.) C’mon, that’s a way better dissertation title than “‘Ni un sólo maravedí que suyo sea’: the theology of restitution in New Spain,” right? Anyway, here’s a quick refresher: in 1552, Bartolomé deContinue reading “Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself”

a prayer for exam season

Shut your laptop, look up at the sky or ceiling, and say Christ is risen. The most momentous thing that will ever happen to you and everyone you love has already happened and it is happening every day on altars around the world. Term papers are nothing. Alleluia. —the priest at chapel mass this afternoonContinue reading “a prayer for exam season”

the darkness has not overcome him

O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer! / O felix culpa, quæ talem ac tantum méruit habére Redemptórem! Tonight it was preached: the darkness has not overcome him, and it will not overcome you. Be not afraid to carry the light of Christ into the darkness within you. ItContinue reading “the darkness has not overcome him”

Cartas de América #9: REPENT! (and have it notarized)

In 1552, Bartolomé de las Casas proposed material restitution for involvement in colonization and indigenous enslavement as a condition for absolution. Let’s talk about that. Cartas de América #9: REPENT! (and have it notarized)