Melissa Johnson

Professor of Anthropology Mel Johnson, Associate Professor of Education Alicia Moore, and Professor of Philosophy Phil Hopkins were panelists for the Georgetown Public Library event “Confronting Racism: A Community Conversation.” The event offered three sessions centered around three selected texts aimed at children, young adults, and adults. Moore participated in the panel discussing New Kid by Jerry Craft, a graphic novel about the struggle to fit in with a world that doesn’t look like you. Hopkins participated in the panel discussing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which details the impact of police violence on communities of color. Johnson participated in the panel on Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist, a best-selling book on how to fight racism and inequality.

—October 2020

Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson’s article “Creole Becoming and the Commons: Black Freedom in Belize” has been published in Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. It is the first article published as part of a special themed section titled The Commons, Commoning, and Co-Becoming, edited by Neera Singh, Ursula Lang, and Gustavo Garcia Lopez. It is available online here. 

—December 2019

Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson gave a talk based on her book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize at the University of Kentucky (UK) on September 26, 2019. The talk was part of the UK’s Year of Equity series of events and was sponsored by the UK College of Arts and Sciences, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and Anthropology Department.

—October 2019

Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson gave two invited talks on her book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize. The first was given to a group of graduate students from the University of South Florida and members of the community of Placencia, at the Placencia Community Center in Belize on June 12; the second was given to one of the communities that the book is about, Crooked Tree Village, at the Crooked Tree Museum and Cultural Center on June 22. The American Association of Geographers Review of Books shared the first review of the book, available here.

—June 2019

Professor of Anthropology Melissa Johnson was interviewed by Dr. Alejandra Bronfman about her new book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize for the New Books Network’s podcast series. The interview was posted on April 26, 2019, in their Caribbean Studies section.

—April 2019