(Photo Courtesy of Patrick Jackson)
Casarae Gibson is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University. Gibson speciaizes in the literary works of Henry Dumas, John Edgar Wideman, and Anna Deavere Smith. Her research examines Dumas, Wideman, and Smith's prose that specifically focus on the intersections between urbanity, trauma and protest. She contends that each writer advocates for a closer examination of African American life in urban cities where poverty, education, and politics are immediate points of concern.
In addition to her graduate studies, Ms. Gibson is a teaching assistant in the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue where she solely teaches African American Popular Culture, The Black Athlete, and Pan-Africianism and Black Power Ideology. She also serves as library assistant of the Black Cultural Center Library at Purdue in the special collections division.
Casarae has served in various capacities in academia most notably as scholar-in-residence for Black Thought Collective at Purdue University's Black Cultural Center. In this position she served as advisor to undergraduate and graduate students interested in scholarly research in the African Diaspora. Under Ms. Gibson's leadership, Purdue students have presented their research at the National Council of Black Studies and Association for Black Cultural Centers. Casarae also implemented a book reading series in 2012 (ongoing) which features leading scholars at Purdue giving presentations on the latest books in African American Studies. She has also taught English Composition for Purdue and Ivy-Tech Community College.
In her spare time, Casarae serves as vice-president of Chi Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a spoken-word artist, and plays golf.
Below, is an example of the work that Gibson and her fellow colleagues worked on semester long at the Black Cultural Center. The video is a short documentary about their annual fall research tour, where they go to different locations around the United States and Abroad learning about African and African American/Caribbean Diasporic history. In this particular video they went to Philadelphia, PA to study the Black Power Movement.