This week, I will be bringing a little desert heat to New England: on Thursday, I will be presenting “The Colored Metropolis: Race, Housing, and Metropolitan Development,” at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America. This talk will explore the shifting praxis of residential segregation in metropolitan Phoenix in the late 20th Century. Then, on Friday, I will be presenting my revised manuscript introduction, tentatively titled, “Annexation, Activism, and the Ascendance of Metropolitan Phoenix,” at Boston University’s Initiative on Cities Urban Inequality Workshop. Springtime is for sharing new research! Click on the links or for more information.
I am delighted to be presenting a draft chapter from my unpublished manuscript, tentatively titled, Ashes and Dust: Settler Colonialism and the Ascendance of Metropolitan Phoenix, later this month in Chicago, IL. The presentation will begin at 3pm on Friday, November 30. at the Newberry Library. Much thanks to the Labor History and History of Capitalism Workshops, along with D. Bradford Hunt, for hosting me. Please email me if you’d like a pre-circulated copy of the paper.
I have the great honor of returning to my alma mater, Howard University, on Wednesday, April 11, to deliver a talk entitled, “Searching for my People: Racial Integration and the Black Diaspora in the American Southwest.” The lecture will be held in the Browsing Room of Founders Library at noon. I hope to see friends, family, and fellow alums!
I had the great fortune of attending Monmouth University to discuss the development of a new course reader, Planning Future Cities, I recently co-edited in conjunction with Walter Greason. We had a discussion with faculty on textbook pedagogy over lunch before engaging business majors on the value of planning history in an Honors class. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and I hope that I have an opportunity to continue to lecture laypeople on the role planning history can play in their professional lives. Many thanks to Walter for inviting me to join him in this project. There will be more publications coming soon!
“The Pratcher Praxis” encompasses what readers can expect to find on this blog. Here, I will discuss professional accolades, upcoming events, nascent ideas, other forms of public information related to my work as an academic historian. Stay tuned!