Seminar, Biography Seminar, Disability and the American Past 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.

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