Cori Schumacher is much, much more than a world champion surfer. She’s also a City Council Representative for her hometown of Carlsbad, California and an active participant in California state politics. Here she is, featured recently on Rory Parker’s Everything is Always Terrible podcast. In Episode 17, they discuss her active role in the Democratic party as well as surf. Oh yeah, and they also talk about the intersections of politics with surfing and Cori’s work in and on the Critical Surf Studies Reader! You can also catch previous interviews with Cori Schumacher on Everything is Always Terrible:
We’re excited to announce that The Critical Surf Studies Reader is available for pre-order on the Duke University Press website! After several years of workshopping ideas, conference papers, conversations, chapter drafts, and intensive correspondence across four continents, the manuscript is finally typeset and ready for print. Formally included in Duke University Press’s Fall 2017 catalog, the book will be in print over the summer and available at a bookseller near you! For now, here’s a look at what the Fall 2017 Duke University Press catalog has to say about the volume, as well as a few choice words from the Godfather of surf […]
Volume contributor Dina Gilio-Whitaker recently published All the Real Indians Died Off (Beacon Press, 2016) with indigenous studies scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The book has been getting quite a lot of attention lately, including a coast-to-coast book tour and media engagements around the country. For a look at the NPR Books profile on All the Real Indians Died Off, have a look here. For a look at their KPFA Radio talk in Berkeley, have a look here. And to pick up a copy, make your way over here!
Since the Critical Surf Studies Reader’s editorial process began, several great initiatives have emerged that intersect with the scholarly and public humanities work that the book’s contributors are engaged in. Among those, Surfeminism.com has come to the fore by creating content with conviction, reclaiming surfing and media space for a female audience beyond the confines of traditional surf media outlets. The brainchild of Nicole Grodesky and the women of the Institute for Women Surfers, Surfeminism.com took off in late 2015 and is collaborating with a broad spectrum of surf and action sports personalities to create content meant to empower young women and move […]
Volume contributors Tara Ruttenberg and Pete Brosius have long been collaborating in the University of Georgia, Costa Rica campus’s summer study abroad program focused on the anthropology of surfing and its relationship to improved sustainability and social equity for collaborators and vendors in surf travel. Their program is currently open for enrollment, through March 1, 2016. See below for information and details. Program Description “As a magnet for global surf tourism, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is being rapidly transformed today as communities face the complex challenges of promoting sustainability and conserving nature while catering to increasing demands for development and […]
Norman “T-man” Thompson III was born and raised in Lā‘ie, Hawai‘i. In 2009, he graduated from Brigham Young University Hawai‘i with a bachelors degree in English, and obtained a Master’s degree, also in English, in 2012, from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. He is currently a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, focusing his studies on Pacific Literatures. Of Hawaiian, Sāmoan and Māori heritages, Norm’s research interests have always revolved around topics of the Pacific. At BYU-Hawai‘i he wrote on the treatment of time and history in renowned Sāmoan author Albert Wendt’s Leaves of the Banyan […]
Head on over to Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s page for her thoughts on surfing, indigeneity, and the Second Annual Institute of Women Surfers in Ventura, CA (November 6-8, 2015)!
Isaiah Walker – Professor of History and Department Chair, Brigham Young University, Hawai’i. Isaiah Walker was born and raised in Keaukaha, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. After joining the LDS church in 1990 and graduating from Hilo High school in 1991, he moved to Lāʻie and attended BYUH. He served a mission in San Diego, California from 1992-1994. In 1996 Isaiah married Rebekah Matagi of Lāʻie, they have 4 beautiful children. After graduating with a Bachelors in History from BYU Hawaiʻi in 1997 and earning a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Isaiah completed a PhD. from the University of California, […]
Research and Teaching Interests: History of the Atlantic World. Early American History. African Diaspora. African American History. I am an assistant professor of history at U.C. Merced. I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2005. I was a 2004-2005 Ford Dissertation Fellow and received the 2005 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award. My publications include: “Enslaved Swimmers and Divers in the Atlantic World” in The Journal of American History (March 2006), which received the 2005 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians. “Swimming, Surfing, and Underwater Diving in Early Modern Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora,” Carina […]
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is an independent writer and researcher in Indigenous studies, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and also holds the position of research associate and associate scholar at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Her work focuses on issues related to Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, and environmental justice. She is a co-author (with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz) of the forthcoming book from Beacon Press titled ‘All the Real Indians Died Off’ and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. An award-winning journalist, she is a […]