New England Biography Series

The New England Biography Series 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 creates a community that will support biographical works in progress and help inspire 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 a reception with light refreshments 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 reception that follows each program.

 

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Schedule

October 2021
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars_2020-21/Her_Socialist_Smile.jpg Biography Seminar Her Socialist Smile: a Film Screening 16 October 2021.Saturday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Hybrid Event John Gianvito, Emerson College; Carolyn Forché, Georgetown University Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College In his new film, John Gianvito, known for passion projects of expansive shape and political ambition ...

In his new film, John Gianvito, known for passion projects of expansive shape and political ambition, meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out on behalf of progressive causes.  Beginning in 1913 when, at age 32, Keller gave her first public talk before a general audience, Her Socialist Smile is constructed of onscreen text taken from Keller’s speeches, impressionistic images of nature, and newly recorded voiceover by poet Carolyn Forché.  The film is a rousing reminder that Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women’s suffrage was inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception.

The New England Biography Series invites you to join this special session in the Disability and the American Past series. Please note, the films screening will take place only at the MHS, but the panel discussion will be a  hybrid event which may be attended either in person or virtually on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the program.

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Biography Seminar Her Socialist Smile: a Film Screening 16 October 2021.Saturday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Hybrid Event John Gianvito, Emerson College; Carolyn Forché, Georgetown University Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars_2020-21/Her_Socialist_Smile.jpg

In his new film, John Gianvito, known for passion projects of expansive shape and political ambition, meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out on behalf of progressive causes.  Beginning in 1913 when, at age 32, Keller gave her first public talk before a general audience, Her Socialist Smile is constructed of onscreen text taken from Keller’s speeches, impressionistic images of nature, and newly recorded voiceover by poet Carolyn Forché.  The film is a rousing reminder that Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women’s suffrage was inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception.

The New England Biography Series invites you to join this special session in the Disability and the American Past series. Please note, the films screening will take place only at the MHS, but the panel discussion will be a  hybrid event which may be attended either in person or virtually on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the program.

Register to attend in person Register to attend online (discussion only)

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