This website, tentatively entitled Technological Borderlands, is an aggregator for my digital projects. The site’s focus is to investigate the “borderlands” that exists between events in human history and the various technologies that influence those developments. For now, this site will focus on the interaction between television and American culture during the era of civil rights. To this end, it will include the following projects:
- Visualizing Southern Television – Mapping program that projects the expansion of television both temporally and geographically throughout the south. The program’s goal is to understand how explosive television was in the South during the mid 20th century.
- Southern Television Database – The goal of this database is two fold. First it is the backbone of the mapping system above. Second it should become an aggregtor over time of archival materials relevant to scholars studying mid-20th century television. I hope it to be useful for the future production of related scholarly works in history, journalism and media studies, anthropology, psychology, and other fields.
- Louisiana Television Stations – This early project tracks Louisiana television stations, both through time and geography.
- Video Blog – Introduce topics of scholarly interest relating to this technological borderlands, which are relevant to our contemporary understanding of historical events and American culture.
You can find my academic profile below as it appears on Michigan State University’s website.
David Stephen Bennett is currently a PhD candidate at Michigan State University studying Modern American History with Dr. Michael Stamm and Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich. He is also studying African American History with Dr. Pero Dagbovie, and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology with Dr. Helen Veit. He earned his MA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as editor-in-chief of the department journal and received a number of honors and awards. His thesis, Birth of a Virtual Battleground: Television and the Desegregation Crises of 1957 and 1960, was nominated to represent the university for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award in Social Sciences.
His teaching experience is varied. He has taught a number of courses for Michigan State University, Lake Superior State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and South Louisiana Community College. He has been awarded with assistantships from both Michigan State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has worked directly with fellow scholars Dr. Michael Stamm, Dr. Peter Beattie, Dr. Emily Conroy Krutz, and Dr. Charles Keith. He assisted in the digitization of physical records for the Vietnam Project Archives, which was funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities.
His current research focuses on investigating the nature of news media’s representation urban identity during the civil rights era. This research has garnered a number of awards including the Madison A. Kuhn Award, Rose Library Fellowship, and the Hugh F. Rankin Prize. His first article, “The Televised Revolution: ‘Progressive’ Television Coverage of the 1960 New Orleans School Desegregation Crisis,” is forthcoming for publication in the Louisiana History Journal. This research has also spawned a number of digital projects, including Visualizing Southern Television Visualizing Southern Television, which projects changes in television station distribution throughout the south through the years between 1946 and 1966. It is accompanied with a table that I hope over the years will facilitate future scholarship in this field. Another piece of the project is focused specifically on Louisiana Television Stations, and their own timeline and geography.
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