Join bestselling author and Northeastern University professor, Dr. Carla Kaplan, as she discusses
MISS ANNE IN HARLEM
The White Women of the Black Renassiance
The 1920's in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion - with harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who embraced black culture too enthusiastically could be ostracized.
Miss Anne in Harlem focuses on six of the unconventional , free thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem.
Dr. Kaplan's formidable work remaps the landscape of the 1920's, alters our perception of this historical moment and brings Miss Anne to vivid life.
Tuesday, April 8
6:30 - 7:30 light dinner, drinks and browse the gallery
7:30 Dr. Kaplan will speak
ART ALTERNATIVE GALLERY
1042 BEACON STREET, BROOKLINE
About the speaker: Dr. Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University, the Founding Director of the univeristy's Humanities Center dedicated to diversity. She has held positions at Yale University, the University of Southern Califronia and the Univeristy of Illinois and also teaches writing through arts councils and writers' centers.
Kalpan's previous book, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, a New York Times Notable Book, a New York magazine "top 5" book of the season, a Book of the Month Club pick, and the subject of feature articles in the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
She is also the author of The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms and the editor of numerous works of African American Lieterature and pieces for the LA Times and The Nation. She lectures widely on literature and culture.
Born in Worcester, MA, Kaplan grew up in Evanston , Illinois, spending summers in Cape Cod and going to camp at Circle Pines Center, one fo the nation's first interracial cooperatives. She lives in Boston and Wellfleet, MA.