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(David) Todd Lawrence

Associate Professor of English / Interim Director of American Culture & Difference
Degree
Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., Creighton University
B.A., Rockhurst University
At St. Thomas since 2003
Office
JRC 340
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/W/F 10:00-10:50am; M/W 1:30-2:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5625
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I teach African-American literature and culture, folklore studies, and American cultural studies. My research and teaching areas include the Black Arts Movement, James Baldwin, African-American genre fiction, Afrofuturism, folklore studies, and ethnographic writing. I am currently finishing an ethnographic book project in collaboration with the still displaced residents of Pinhook, Missouri, an African American town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point-New Madrid levee during the Mississippi River Flood of 2011. This project focuses on the persistence of community in the face of disaster and counter narratives of environmental and social justice.

Check out this short YouTube video to learn more about my urban agriculture and ethnography class, which I've taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W02 Reading Black Resistance M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 206
CRN: 42485 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David C. Williard, David T. Lawrence This course, team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, focuses on the long struggle of African Americans for justice and equality in the U.S. Analyzing literary and historical texts, students in this course will learn about and engage in research on African American history and culture. Utilizing historical, literary, and cultural approaches, this interdisciplinary course will immerse students into an exploration of the African American experience from multiple perspectives using dual disciplinary frameworks. For example, students may study Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON, but would read the text within the historical and cultural framework of the Great Migration, connecting Wright’s text not just to other literary texts, but situating it within an historical and cultural context vital to the novel’s creation and essential for its interpretation. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 337 - L01 James Baldwin/Contemp. Blk Wrt M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 206
CRN: 42450 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence James Baldwin has often been recognized as a major voice of African American literature during the twentieth century, but recently, that voice has re-emerged with an uncanny timeliness in the twenty-first, referenced by contemporary writers and commentators to illuminate the shadowy terrain of race and culture that continues to befuddle Americans today. Baldwin’s voice has not re-appeared from nowhere; it has long been with us, for nearly seventy years lodging a relentless critique of racism and injustice in American culture and society. It is no surprise then, that an entire generation of writers has been influenced by Baldwin’s perceptive eye and incisive language. From Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to his cultural inheritor Ta-Nehisi Coates, Baldwin’s influence has been prominent and lasting. This course will consider the ongoing literary conversation between Baldwin and his artistic children. In addition to Baldwin, writers will include Jesmyn Ward, Coates, Parks, Kevin Young, Kiesi Laymon, Claudia Rankine, and Teju Cole. In addition to satisfying the core Human Diversity requirement, this course also satisfies the Contexts and Convergences distribution requirement and the Diversity Literature area requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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GENG 699 - 04 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43424 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W03 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 222
CRN: 22388 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence This course examines a body of literary texts in the framework of a discipline other than literary or English studies per se--e.g., the physical or social sciences, religion/theology, history, the other arts. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 202 - W05 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 414
CRN: 22390 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence This course examines a body of literary texts in the framework of a discipline other than literary or English studies per se--e.g., the physical or social sciences, religion/theology, history, the other arts. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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GENG 660 - 01 Theorizing Black Body - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 222
CRN: 21713 3 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence Potential topics may include figures such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, or Zora Neale Hurston; race, gender, and sexuality in the black novel; the Harlem Renaissance; and trauma and the 19th century American slave narrative. Credit may be earned more than once under this number for different emphases. This course satisfies the Multicultural Literature distribution requirement. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor

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