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The Beekeeper: Performing Southern Black Women Who Love Women

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Knight Library Browsing Room

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson’s lecture/performance is based on oral histories of black southern women who desire women. Dr. Johnson will discuss some of the methodological challenges of being a man conducting research on women as well as cover some of the topics that he found to be common among many of the women he interviewed. In addition, Dr. Johnson will perform excerpts from some of the oral histories.

Dr. Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies.

Sponsored by the Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Theater Arts, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Oregon Humanities Center.

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