September 13: Dangerous Voices: Issues that Run Counter to Social Etiquette and Mores



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Cindy Safranoff: Her 2015 dual biography Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage juxtaposes the personal lives, careers, and statements of two women’s rights advocates on opposite sides of an American marriage debate in the early 1870s. Safronoff was featured in the Sunday Boston Globe and won 10 book awards for Crossing Swords in categories ranging from U.S. History to Nonfiction Drama, including a silver “Ippy” in Women’s Issues. She presented her most recent historical research on Mary Baker Eddy’s influence at the 2018 Center for Study of New Religions (CESNUR) academic conference in Taiwan. Safronoff shared her own experience of female empowerment in her 2011 e-book short story, Climbing Mt. Rainier with the Chicks.





Phyllis Pratt Thompson: An Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and of English at Stonehill College, where she also serves as the Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning. She simultaneously serves as a Lecturer at Harvard, where she teaches courses on feminisms past and present, and from which she also received her Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on American women in the Gilded Age. Her book project, Domestic Pleasures: Dreams of Hope and Fulfillment in American Home Life, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, traces the intellectual history of the idea of pleasure in private life. Other current projects address the gendered aspects of taste, an edited collection on the topic of love, and an investigation of intractable domestic disputes, What’s at Stake? How Loading the Dishwasher and Other Domestic Dramas Reveal Our Values and Shape Our Lives.



Linda Schlossberg: She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard, where she now serves as Assistant Director of Studies for the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and teaches courses in gender, literature, and creative writing.  She has published essays on various aspects of nineteenth-century literature and culture and is the co-editor of Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion (NYU Press). Linda is the past recipient of a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (Haverford College) and was twice selected by Harvard’s graduating classes as one of their “Favorite Professors.” Her novel Life in Miniature was published in winter 2010 and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including McSweeney’sConduit, and Post Road. Linda was the recipient of the Writer's Center 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowship and is currently completing a feminist dystopian novel. 




Cari Carpenter: A.Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she is also Interim Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and a core member of the Native American Studies Committee. She has published three books: The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891, which won the 2016 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. She also edited Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics (2010) and wrote Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indian (2008), which won Honorable Mention in the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize.

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