Cultural Roundtable: Youth and Social Media | Confederate Flags on License Plates

texas2March 31, 2015 – Segment 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt sits in as a guest host for Marc Steiner. She is Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

We host a cultural roundtable with topics including youth and social media, and Confederate flags on license plates. With: Dr. Donald Snyder, Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at UMBC who developed and teaches a course entitled Social Media: Networking and Mobility; Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and the author of several books, including the recently released Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America, and the award-winning Notes From A Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. […] March 31, Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, guest hosted The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA Radio. During the program, Moffitt led a cultural roundtable segment on youth and social […]

  2. Craig says:

    Marc: I can give you two reasons why soonmee who wants to be a computer programmer, interior designer, actor, marketing executive, software designer or hundreds of other jobs I could mention, [should] take physics, European literature or required gym courses. 1) We are more than our jobs, and education should prepare us for more than just having a job.2) In particular, education for citizenship requires more than vocational training. The old Greek idea of sound, wide-ranging, supple minds in healthy, fit bodies as the basis for effective citizenship is (or should be) still compelling.Beware of Charles Murray. You correctly perceived the pseudo-science behind The Bell Curve. His real agenda, from Losing Ground through The Bell Curve and right up to this reasonable-sounding discourse on education, is the justification of a two (or more)-tiered society, with an educated (and wealthy) elite presiding over worker drones of various sorts. I’m serious: read his work with that idea in mind, and see what I mean. This doesn’t mean that college isn’t overrated. But it’s overrated for reasons that have nothing to do with Murray’s approach. It’s overrated because even our most elite institutions do such a lousy job at teaching anything (much less a classical ideal). Their true priorities are elsewhere, and classroom work (especially undergraduate teaching) is actually a very low priority. How can you tell? What really gets soonmee tenure at Harvard, Hopkins, University of Maryland, or Towson? And why doesn’t effective teaching of actual tuition-paying students (you know, the customers?) count more in tenure decisions? Now there’s a show for you!

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