The New England Biography Series is a forum for writers and readers alike to engage in an ongoing discussion about the historical, literary, and methodological questions that make biography a challenging and rewarding undertaking. By providing an opportunity for those interested in the craft of biography to convene and converse, the seminar creates a community that will support biographical works in progress and help inspire future projects.

 

Leading authors of the genre will offer their insights and inspiration in a setting designed to generate conversation between panelists and the audience. This seminar will feature roundtable discussions rather than focus on pre-circulated papers or formal remarks. Plan to make new acquaintances and continue the conversation by joining us for a reception with light refreshments that follows each program.

 

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Schedule

October 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But ...

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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January 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/deloria.jpg Biography Seminar The Art of Family History: Visual Imagery, Family Narrative and Native American Modernism 23 January 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Phil Deloria in conversation with Julie Dobrow Registration is now closed. Decades ago, historian Philip Deloria (Harvard University) found some drawings in the basement. ...

Decades ago, historian Philip Deloria (Harvard University) found some drawings in the basement. These distinctive prints turned out to be the iconic work of his great aunt. Deloria will speak about his new book, Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Aesthetic with Julie Dobrow (Tufts University), author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. The event will focus on how an intensely personal story interweaves Sully’s life and works with the “richness of their historical situation” in Native studies and art history.

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March 2020
Biography Seminar Fashioning a Life: How Style Matters in Biography 12 March 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Caroline Weber, Barnard College; Channing Joseph, University of Southern California Moderator: Natalie Dykstra, Hope College Is fashion art or industry? Is it evidence? This panel brings together Caroline Weber, author of ...

Is fashion art or industry? Is it evidence? This panel brings together Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and Proust’s Duchess, and Channing Joseph, whose forthcoming book recovers the untold story of formerly enslaved William Dorsey Swann, who became, in the 1880s, a progenitor of ballroom and drag culture. They will join moderator Natalie Dykstra, biographer of Clover Adams and now at work on a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, in a conversation about the ways biographers use fashion to decode lives and historical contexts.

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Biography Seminar On the Campaign Trail 24 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Sidney Blumenthal in Conversation with Megan Marshall Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//blumenthal_2.jpg

Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, where he got his start as a journalist, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of lives in politics—from 1860 to 2020—and the uses of biography and, more recently, autobiography in shaping successful campaigns.

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Biography Seminar The Art of Family History: Visual Imagery, Family Narrative and Native American Modernism 23 January 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Phil Deloria in conversation with Julie Dobrow Registration is now closed. Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/deloria.jpg

Decades ago, historian Philip Deloria (Harvard University) found some drawings in the basement. These distinctive prints turned out to be the iconic work of his great aunt. Deloria will speak about his new book, Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Aesthetic with Julie Dobrow (Tufts University), author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. The event will focus on how an intensely personal story interweaves Sully’s life and works with the “richness of their historical situation” in Native studies and art history.

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Biography Seminar Fashioning a Life: How Style Matters in Biography Register registration required at no cost 12 March 2020.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Caroline Weber, Barnard College; Channing Joseph, University of Southern California Moderator: Natalie Dykstra, Hope College

Is fashion art or industry? Is it evidence? This panel brings together Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and Proust’s Duchess, and Channing Joseph, whose forthcoming book recovers the untold story of formerly enslaved William Dorsey Swann, who became, in the 1880s, a progenitor of ballroom and drag culture. They will join moderator Natalie Dykstra, biographer of Clover Adams and now at work on a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, in a conversation about the ways biographers use fashion to decode lives and historical contexts.

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