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David Todd Lawrence is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he teaches African-American literature and culture, folklore studies, and cultural studies. His new book, “When They Blew the Levee,” co-authored with Elaine Lawless, is forthcoming in July from University of Mississippi Press. He is currently the interim director of the American Culture and Difference Program at St. Thomas. Lawrence discusses his new book and shares his thoughts on the power of literature and story to illuminate the black experience in America.
Some Things Trump Supporters Should Know About Haiti and Puerto Rico (and Every Other Place That Isn’t Norway)
It’s one thing for President Trump to demean countries where black and brown people are the majority, but even more disturbing is the number of Americans who seem to agree. How do we talk about nations that clearly have challenges, but also have rich cultures, resilient people, and all too often a history of exploitation by colonial powers, including the United States. For starters, TruthToTell will discuss two places (a country and a commonwealth) that our president has recently demeaned.
Our guests are April Knutson, professor in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at the University of Minnesota and a Haiti advocate, and DFL State Senator Melisa Franzen, a member of the Puerto Rican–American community who is active in hurricane relief efforts.