dseru01@hamline.edu
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Davu Seru
dseru01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > Giddens/Alumni Learning Center > GLC 115C W

Davu Seru

Visiting Faculty - English

Contact Info

Davu Seru
dseru01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > Giddens/Alumni Learning Center > GLC 115C W

Biography

Visiting Instructor Davu Seru is a graduate of Minneapolis North Community High School (class of 1996) and an interdisciplinary scholar trained in African American literary and cultural studies. He teaches courses in First-Year Writing, English and World Literature.

His scholarly interests include improvisation and interdisciplinarity in theory and practice; anthropology of race, gender and nationalism; and African American music. Since 1998 he has performed as a drummer and composer throughout the United States and France, for which he has received the prestigious McKnight Composer Award, Jerome Sound Artist/Composer Fellowship and commissions from institutions such as Walker Art Center. He has published essays on art, literature and cultural politics for academic journals, music magazines, and museum websites and blogs in the United States and France and is co-author with photographer Charles Chamblis of Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017).

He holds a BA in English from Hamline University, an MA in English from University of Minnesota and is a PhD candidate in English (completing all but the dissertation) at University of Minnesota.

Teaching Style

His teaching focuses on processes of consuming and producing texts, especially as they relate to critical reading across genres and media, writing and research. During class time he strives for a balance between lecture and discussion, mastery and play, official and unofficial English...boredom and fun.

"Education ought to be liberating. Educators are duty-bound to the task of helping students develop into independent and critical thinkers. I accept this role whole-heartedly, and survive as a teacher on the possibility that my students will, under my aide, acquire tools for scrutinizing themselves and their world—that they will become conscientious thinkers in a world that so often promotes conformity to narrow-mindedness. "