Biography Seminar

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 The New England Biography Seminar is a forum for writers and readers alike to engage in an ongoing discussion about the historical, literary, and methodological questions that make biography a challenging and rewarding undertaking. By providing an opportunity for those interested in the craft of biography to convene and converse, the seminar aspires to create a community that will support biographical works in progress and serve as a seedbed for future projects.

Leading authors of the genre will offer their insights and inspiration in a setting designed to generate conversation between panelists and the audience. This seminar will feature roundtable discussions rather than focus on pre-circulated papers or formal remarks. Plan to make new acquaintances and continue the conversation by joining us for the wine and cheese reception that follows each program.

We invite you to support this ongoing series as a subscriber. Subscribers help to underwrite the cost of planning and presenting this free series, including the wine and cheese reception that follows each program.

 

Schedule

Biography Seminar Telling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study 24 October 2013. Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. George E. Vaillant, Harvard Medical School, author of Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study Moderator: Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

For more than three decades, George E. Vaillant of the Harvard Medical School directed the longitudinal study known as the Harvard Grant Study. His recent book, Triumphs of Experience (2012), traces the men's lives into their nineties. Megan Marshall, the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013) and the daughter of a Grant Study participant, will interview Dr. Vaillant about the art of writing case studies and the implications for biographers of his findings on human development through the life course. 

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Biography Seminar When Subjects Talk Back: Oral History, Contemporary Biography, and the Runaway Interview 16 January 2014. Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. Joyce Antler, Brandeis University, Claire Potter, New School for Public Engagement, Ted Widmer, Brown University Moderator: Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

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Biography Seminar The Days of Their Lives: Using Diaries, Journals, and an "Almanack" to Recover the Past 20 March 2014. Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University; Louisa Thomas, independent scholar and the author of Conscience; Noelle Baker, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau Moderator: Susan Ware, General Editor, American National Biography

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

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24 October 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. Biography Seminar

Telling Lives: Megan Marshall Interviews George E. Vaillant about the Harvard Grant Study

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
George E. Vaillant, Harvard Medical School, author of Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study Moderator: Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Be sure to RSVP for this program by emailing seminars@masshist.org or phoning 617-646-0568.

16 January 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. Biography Seminar

When Subjects Talk Back: Oral History, Contemporary Biography, and the Runaway Interview

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Joyce Antler, Brandeis University, Claire Potter, New School for Public Engagement, Ted Widmer, Brown University Moderator: Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64

This program will feature a conversation with Joyce Antler, Professor of American Studies at Brandeis, who is currently writing a book on Jewish women active in the feminist movement; Claire Potter, Professor of History at the New School, who is writing on anti-pornography efforts in the 1980s; and Ted Widmer, senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

20 March 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. Biography Seminar

The Days of Their Lives: Using Diaries, Journals, and an "Almanack" to Recover the Past

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University; Louisa Thomas, independent scholar and the author of Conscience; Noelle Baker, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau Moderator: Susan Ware, General Editor, American National Biography

This program will feature a conversation with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard, who is using diaries (men's and women's) in her broader study of Mormon history; Louisa Thomas, an independent scholar and the author of "Conscience" (about her grandfather Norman Thomas), who is writing a biography of Louisa Catherine Adams; and Noelle Baker, Editorial Consultant to The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, who is preparing a digital edition of Mary Moody Emerson's diary.


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