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Strategic Scrapbooks: 19th-Century Activists Remake the Newspaper for African American History and Womens Rights

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooksancient ancestors of Facebook and blogging. Both African American and womens rights scrapbook-makers documented their experiences in the public realm and experimented with ways to present them. In this lecture, Ellen Gruber Garvey reveals a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where activists collected and constructed new narratives by creating unwritten histories in books they wrote with scissors and paste. Ellen Gruber Garvey is professor of English at New Jersey City University. Co-sponsored by the Barnard English department and the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies. Information bcrw.barnard.edu
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