Karla Slocum is an anthropology professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying the black history of Oklahoma as a local resident scholar at the School for Advanced Research. Think of her as a cross-country vagabond, but with a PhD.
Circumnavigation: Magellan did it in a boat. John Glenn did it in a spaceship. Hell, Phileas Fogg even did it in a hot air balloon in the film Around the World in 80 Days (though, strangely enough, not in the novel on which it was based).
When people want to combine the worlds of music and art, they’ll go see a
Broadway musical or maybe enjoy those cheesy stock images that roll
across the screen of their fave karaoke DVD as they belt out “Total
Eclipse of the Heart” like nobody’s business.