Politics & Art (Thursday June 14th 5:30pm - 8pm) @ The John A. Wilson Building, DC - is an annual event presented by Washington Performing Arts' Mars Urban Arts Initiative and D.C. Councilmember David Grosso. This year’s theme will be District Vox—a celebration of voice—from song to spoken word. Politics & Art: District Vox spotlights D.C.-based artists who use the power of their voices to inspire, entertain, and empower in showcase performances on three stages. The evening provides a snapshot of the vibrant artistry that exists throughout the entire District.
June 6: An incredibly engaging evening with Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman. Many people commented on how funny he is! He is at once incredibly charming and a delight to listen to. At the same time, this talk felt like his work, in that it gave listeners (at least this one) a very particular sensation. At once romantic and inspirational. Despite being a professor, he mentioned not loving school. But I can tell he is an amazing teacher. Although the talk was an hour and not a full semester- I certainly came away from this talk feeling like I had learned something about myself
June 7: What a lovely and lively evening with author Becky Albertalli! I expected her to be awesome because when you read her books...you feel like you know her. But I was delighted by her lovely fans! They were so energetic and asked great questions. Some even made special "Love, Simon" shirts just for the event! It was really amazing to spend an evening in the #simonverse 🏳️🌈💃🏳️🌈
Women & Bicycles held their second annual Strong Women Ride in February 2018, braving threatening weather to ride around DC learning about women who changed history. The Library of Congress was the first and last stop. Riders got a tour of the Thomas Jefferson building, with a focus on the depictions of women in the art and architecture as well as the work of women contained in the collections. I was happy to point out that the Jefferson building was constructed in the 1890's, a time when people were absolutely obsessed with the bicycle and more importantly, women were actually allowed to engage with this new mechanical technology. Read the event write up on the WABA blog.
"Why are oral histories important to collect? What unique perspectives might we gain from oral histories that other formats don’t offer? What does “empowering the narrator” really look like? What ethical concerns and obligations do we face as interviewers? What resources are available to assist with the process of collecting and preserving these important narratives?
These were just a few of the questions on the table at “Serving with Pride: LGBTQ+ Veterans’ Oral History Workshop,” held on June 9 and co-sponsored by the Veterans History Project (VHP), LC-GLOBE and the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. I organized the workshop with Owen Rogers, a liaison specialist with the Veterans History Project (VHP), who provided useful advice and demonstrated hands-on knowledge regarding the various phases of conducting and preserving oral histories."
Read my full post on the Library of Congress Blog.
The collections of the Library of Congress tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. To share this story, the Library organized a three-day “pop-up” display from June 8 through 10 featuring selections from its extensive LGBTQ+ holdings. For a quick guided tour, check out the video below:
The materials on display highlighted the creativity, innovation and courage of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history and showcased the work of writers, performers, activists, public figures and service members through books, manuscripts, newspapers, recordings and ephemera. These voices preserve our American story and its international connections.
I was honored to assist in curating this exhibit! Click here to see the full list of exhibit items.
Read my full blog post about Pride in the Library 2017 on the Library of Congress Blog.
In celebration of International Women's Day 2017, I produced a lecture featuring women's history professor Bonnie J. Morris. Morris discussed the women's music movement and explored rare materials and cultural changes introduced onstage by feminist and lesbian artists.