2-Cent Freedomland Project
2-Cent Entertainment is a collaborative effort of creative, frustrated, and comedic twenty-somethings. They all possess the innate ability to convey humor and urgency about issues that plague not only New Orleans, but the United States in general. They have won coveted awards, including an FYI Jury Award, a PBS P.O.V. Series Award, a NAACP award, an AFI SILVERDOCS Award, and a Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival award.
Long T. Bui
Long T. Bui is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. He is working on a dissertation on technoculture, globalization, and Asian American popular media.
Jordan T. Camp
Jordan T. Camp is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include race and class, radical social theory, political culture, and the poetics of social movements. He is working on a dissertation, “The Sound Before the Fury of the Oppressed: Toward a Genealogy of Neoliberal Security Regimes,” a historical investigation of rebellion, subjugated knowledge, and counterinsurgency in U.S. cities and prisons.
Joel Dinerstein is an associate professor of English at Tulane University, where he also directs the American Studies program. He is the author of Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture Between the World Wars (2003), a cultural study of jazz and industrialization. He is working on a cultural history of the concept of cool in postwar American culture.
Shana Griffin is a member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic, where she currently serves as the Clinic’s Interim Executive Director in a volunteer capacity. Shana is also the co-founder of the New [End Page 831] Orleans Women’s Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI). She also serves on the board of several organizations including Women with a Vision, Inc. and Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative.
Cherice Harrison-Nelson has been an educator in the New Orleans Public School System for twenty-four years. She has served as project director of the Haley Story Quilt Project, as chairperson of Jazz Awareness Month, and she created a jazz studies curriculum for elementary level students that is used in more than forty schools in southeast Louisiana. A third-generation Mardi Gras Indian, she is the curator of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame.
Anna Hartnell is lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests center on representations of race and religion in American culture, and the implications of viewing the United States in a postcolonial context. Much of her recent work has focused on post-Katrina New Orleans, and the ways in which the disaster has led to a remapping of the city’s racial geography. She is completing a book titled Imagining Exodus, Re-imagining America: Race and Religion in Black American Thought (Pluto Press).
Johari Jabir is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is working on a cultural history of the South Carolina Volunteers, the first black regiment to be mustered into the Union Army. His research and teaching areas include African-American religion, gender, and sexuality; African-American sacred music; and popular culture.
Zenia Kish completed a master’s thesis in media studies on mass media representations of Katrina survivors and the politics of refugeeness. Her work critically engages with human rights, visual culture, and the politics of developmentalism, and her dissertation project examines the reproduction of third world underdevelopment through food aid and food security policies in the wake of the global financial crisis. She is working on her PhD in American studies at New York University. [End Page 832]
Jeffrey S. Lowe
Jeffrey S. Lowe is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. He is immediate past chair of Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association (APA) and served on the APA National Hurricane Recovery Taskforce. He also helped to craft Principles...