I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front, but not because it’s been quiet over here! A few weeks ago I decided to resign from my position as a rare books curator. I love the work I did and the collection I worked with, but it was time for a change, so after some soul searching, I’m setting out in a new direction. I have a really big business announcement coming later this year, but at the moment I’m finishing my book manuscript for Afternoon Tea: A History (due 3/1!) and offering individual consulting for academic colleagues looking for some guidance as they do their own career-related soul searching (one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my post-PhD life has been articulating what I want and identifying transferable skills to get me there, but now that I’ve done it I hope I can help others too!)
I’m very excited about all the great things I have in store this year, and am excited to see where the collection I helped shape is going next. Prior to leaving, I initiated work on the museum’s next exhibit, which is on the Harlem Renaissance (a topic near to my heart). Specifically, it is on Nella Larsen and Zora Neale Hurston, but it touches on the experiences of discrimination faced by all Black women writers at this time. It’s still in its early stages so I’m not sure how it will change as it develops, but I’m hoping that lots of folks will go see it and learn about the really incredible Harlem Renaissance-related collection that Mr. Williams built, and to learn more about two of my favorite authors.
Life beyond work continues to evolve in some exciting ways too–traveling to see friends (or hosting traveling friends), building a garden full of native edible and medicinal plants, and adopting one of the neighborhood community cats.
That’s it for updates for now–here’s to an adventurous 2018!