Intimate Histories

The Department of Theatre and Drama presents a special lecture by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers (Department of History).  Intimate Histories “Progressive Era” Tales of Race, Sex, and Ribbons in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel.

Professor Amrita Myers, who also has affiliate appointments in African American and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, and Gender Studies, earned her doctorate in African American History and Women’s History from Rutgers University.  A historian of the black female experience, she is interested in race, gender, sexuality, rights, power, freedom and citizenship, and the ways in which these constructs intersect with one another in the lives of black women in the Old South.  She is a recipient of an Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize for Best Article on African American Women’s History.  Her first book, Negotiating Women: Race, Gender, and Freedom in the Nineteenth Century South (UNC Press, 2001), has garnered several awards, including the 2012 Julia Cherry Spruill Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians; the 2011 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Prize from the National Council for Black Studies; the 2011 George C. Roger, Jr. Book Prize from the South Carolina Historical Society.

Many of Professor Myers’ research interests are taken up by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage in her award-winning play Intimate Apparel, which explores the experiences of an African-American woman in early 20th-century New York–a seamstress who creates intimate apparel for a wide spectrum of clientele.  The play gives us quiet, intimate portraits of a diversity of characters from all walks of life.  It is a captivating work–one of the most-produced plays in the United States–that is set in a specific historical context, a context which Amrita Myers will share and explore in her informal talk about Intimate Apparel.

Thursday, January 31st at 5:30pm

The Studio Theatre, 2nd Floor, 7th and Jordan

The 1st in a series of 2nd semester lectures.  Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel plays February 1-9 at the Wells-Metz Theatre.

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