University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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Tyina Steptoe


Tyina Steptoe's newest book, "Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City," examines how the migration of Black East Texans, Creoles of color and ethnic Mexicans affected constructions of race between the 1920s and 1960s in Houston, Texas, which was then one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban areas in the United States.

"Houston Bound" draws on social and cultural history to show that the racial order of segregated societies was not just shaped by political and legal acts, but also that socio-cultural factors such as religion, language, skin color and music influenced ideas about race, hierarchy and community. Steptoe's migration history also uses music and sound to examine racial complexities, tracing the emergence of Houston's blues and jazz scenes in the 1920s, as well as the hybrid forms of these musical genres that forged shared social spaces and carved out new communities and politics.

Steptoe is currently working on a project that explores how Rhythm and Blues performers Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and Little Richard subverted and challenged gender norms in the 1950s. She is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arizona.


Scheduled events:
A Conversation on Segregated Spaces
Join us for a conversation exploring the many ways in which racially segregated spaces are constructed through language, law, and culture in the United States and beyond.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts, Jeff Chang, Jennifer Roth-Gordon, Tyina Steptoe
Moderator: Maribel Alvarez

Book:
Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City
History / Biography
University of California Press
November 2015
ISBN 9780520282582
Paperback, 257 pages
$29.95, INSTORE
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"From World War I through the 1960s, Houston was transformed into one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban areas in the United States. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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