Domestic Violence and the Rise of the Novel

Domestic Violence and the Rise of the Novel Presented by Christopher Johnson. From an early age, we are taught that reading is good. But what happens when the stories that we read reinforce dangerous ideas? This talk will explore the similarities between novels of courtship and marriage and the horrific dynamics of domestic violence. With … Read more

Women Taking Charge: The Rise of the Novel and Resistant Reading

Women Taking Charge: The Rise of the Novel and Resistant Reading Presented by Christopher Johnson. One of the most interesting dynamics of eighteenth-century literature is the emergence of women writers. This talk will examine how early women novelists took the stories they inherited from male authors and retold them in ways that were quietly subversive. … Read more

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. Julia Peterkin was a white woman who wrote about Gullah people living on her family’s plantation out of a desire to honor and preserve their culture. She was shunned by white Southerners for “betraying her race” but became accepted by Harlem Renaissance … Read more

Who Knew? Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman in South Carolina during The Civil War

Who Knew? Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman in South Carolina during The Civil War Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. In 1863, both women were in South Carolina’s Lowcountry—Barton provided supplies and medical care for Union and Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Fort Waggoner with Massachusetts’s 54th Regiment. Tubman, a formerly enslaved woman, ran reconnaissance and … Read more