Dr. Shana L. Redmond is a professor of the first order. She’s an interdisciplinary scholar of race, music, culture, and power and has published award-winning books. But most importantly, she is as committed to learning as her students. And in the fall of 2021, she decided to teach a book she had just read—A Little Devil In America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. Where others would see a risk in teaching a new book, Dr. Redmond saw an opportunity to explore the Blues Epistemology through Hanif’s intimate yet expansive peeks into Black culture. Listen to this episode to hear the gems of knowledge and wisdom that Dr. Redmond talked about in her class as well as her explanation for the importance of being an interdisciplinary scholar and the story of why she’s always followed her curiosity. This was an amazing conversation that we know you’ll love as much as we did.
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