Antebellum Art & Grunge

Well the last two months have been a bit of a whirl-wind. I’ve been fluctuating back and forth between 19th and 20th century women expressing their independence from society’s socio-sexual constraints, and it’s been an exciting journey. It started in March when I presented African-American Quilts as Cultural Strategies in Antebellum Louisiana at San Diego State’s Student Research Symposium. I was incredibly surprised and delighted when SDSU honored that work with the Dean’s Award. Fast-forward a couple weeks and a 140 years of history, I found myself at California State University Fresno, talking about Liz Phair and Courtney Love’s Third-Wave Feminism in their music. And in a couple more weeks, I will be back in the Antebellum again, presenting at the Phi-Alpha Theta Regional Conference at California Lutheran University on April 26. What I love about studying the history of women, is discovering the strength and ingenuity of those that have been marginalized and how they demonstrate that resistance through unique art-forms. Can’t get enough.

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