Howdy, folks! I made it to Austin, Texas last night for an intense conference here over the next two days, Centering Families in the Atlantic World co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute and the Institute for Historical Studies here at the University of Texas. And then Thursday afternoon, I’ll be talking about this here blog at the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in a talk called “Cowgirl Up,” in which I’ll address some important eternal questions of the academic feminist blogosphere, such as 1) does blogging hold the promise of keeping academic more honest and true to its own professed values of meritocratic inclusiveness, and 2) is blogging a huge waste of time? (I kind of think I’ll give a provisional yes to both questions–let me know what you think in the comments please, friends!)
The folks at the University of Texas made me feel welcome even before I arrived with extra lunch and dinner invitations to keep me entertained on Wednesday and Thursday before my talk, and the Omohundro Institute knows how to throw a party, so I’m looking forward to some interesting conversations. (Some of you may already know that there’s a new and important research center here called the Historical I’ll check in tonight, but in the meantime, have a good Monday and play nice!
Also: I watched a bit of the Academy Awards last night in the hotel bar over dinner with friends. There were differences of opinion, but I think Halle Berry had the prettiest dress of any that I saw. We wondered: what was with all of the peachy/ivory/champagne/glittery dresses, especially on the overwhelming majority of light-skinned actors? Where was the color?