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Remembering Feminists and Brilliant Friends: Sisterhood and After– Margaretta Jolly and Nancy K. Miller in Conversation
December 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
What can we learn from the history of women’s friendship in and outside women’s movements and how should we listen to the intimate voices of feminist activists? Join us for reading and debate with Margaretta Jolly, drawing on her new book Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-present, in conversation with Nancy K. Miller, author of My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism, the story of three friendships with women that changed her life, beginning in the 1970s: Carolyn Heilbrun, Diane Middlebrook, and Naomi Schor.
Nancy K. Miller is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Breathless: An American Girl in Paris (2013), a memoir of her years living an expatriate dream in 1960s Paris. Miller lectures widely, both nationally and internationally, and her work is anthologized in popular volumes on feminism and life writing. In 1983 she co-founded the Gender and Culture Series at Columbia University Press with the late Carolyn Heilbrun, and since 2004 coedits the series with Victoria Rosner.
Margaretta Jolly is based at the University of Sussex in England, where she is Professor of Cultural Studies and director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research. She is author of In Love and Struggle: Letters in Contemporary Feminism (2008), for which she won the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK Book Prize. Working with the British Library, Margaretta directed Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project. She currently leads The Business of Women’s Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing, again partnered with the British Library.
Co-sponsored with the CUNY Graduate Center PhD Programs in English and Comparative Literature, the Center for the Humanities, the Women’s Studies Quarterly, and the Feminist Press