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Cross-posted from Legacy’s site at http://legacywomenwriters.org:
Legacy is honored to sponsor a special plenary session at the American Women Writers of Color Conference
Hosted by Salisbury University
November 1-3, 2013
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD
The “Racialized Private Text” and African American Women’s Archives
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Chair: Jennifer S. Tuttle, Legacy Editor
“’And Other Ornaments’: Black Atlantic Seamstresses and the Practice of Letters in the Early Caribbean”
Danielle Skeehan, Sam Houston State University
“Entrancing Issues: Harriet Wilson, the Colored Medium, and the Problem of the Spiritualist Archive”
Katie Simon, Georgia College
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Translating the French Language Diaries of Mary Church Terrell”
Jennifer M. Wilks, University of Texas – Austin
“Public and Private Selves in Two Domestic(ated) Spiritual Autobiographies by Black Women”
Martha Pitts, Louisiana State University
I am happy to let you know that Beth L. Lueck has agreed to serve as the Associate Conference Director. Beth, as many know, has extensive experience in conference planning. Thanks, Beth, for your willingness to work on the 2015 SSAWW conference in Philadelphia.
Another great addition to the planning team is Miranda Green-Barteet who has agreed to serve as Program Coordinator. She will be playing a major part in the program planning and handling some of the specific tasks that come up as we move from planning to implementation.
We look forward to having the graduate student assistants in place (see below), and to hearing from the membership on ideas and thoughts for the conference as we move forward to 2015. – Rita Bode
You can now find SSAWW on LinkedIn. There is a space for discussions as well as job postings. You can also link this group to your LinkedIn profile. Join this open group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Society-Study-American-Women-Writers-5170802?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
Friends, colleagues, supporters, heroes of mine,
Please come see my film/media/literature/music project: Red Dust.
I am documenting my father’s firsthand oral history of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and his leaving for WWII service. At 91, he actually worked during the era specific, as a migrant worked and day laborer in cotton fields at a penny a pound. This is not secondhand investigation or theory, this is the oral history and narrative of the day. He is a vital source, who has never enjoyed attention, or cameras, and is tremendous on film.
Additionally, he was so moved by the climate change, by the dust bowl that preceded it (rarely spoken of) and by his parents’ resiliency and ability to change, grown and shift (born in 1878 and 1882), and by his own remarkable journey, he spent his career following WWII as an environmental protection scientist creating a pathway for sustainability and preservation that was rarely achieved in the Native community in his era. He is a national bronze medalist in the sciences and his work is still cited at the UN, though he retired thirty years ago at the normal age of retirement.
He was raised with traditional knowledge, his mother was, literally, a healer and midwife, and he incorporated it throughout his career. He is a terrific storyteller and thinker and has much to offer to the discussion of resiliency and as a chronicler of the times Native experience has sadly been nearly omitted from though the best Lange portraits were of Cherokee migrant (cotton & pea) workers. Voiceless, they are our vision of that day. (more…)