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Faculty Baden Lecture: Meghan Brodie and Karen Clemente

“On the Margins: A Conversation on Identity and the Arts, 1920-1945”

What: On the Margins: A Conversation on Identity and the Arts, 1920-1945

Where: The Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville (The Berry Theatre)

When: 7pm, Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dress: Come as you are, or use this as an excuse to dress in your favorite style of the 1920s, 30s, or 40s.

RSVP: RSVP is required.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Karen Clemente and Dr. Meghan Brodie found themselves buried deep in arts archives here and abroad. Dr. Clemente’s research focuses on African American theater and dance artists and the discriminatory and exclusionary practices at the New York Paramount theatres where they performed. One of these hoofers (a.k.a. professional tap dancers) was African American tap dancer, choreographer, and teacher Ralph Brown, the subject of Dr. Clemente’s most recent work. For Dr. Brodie’s research, the years 1920 and 1945 bookend what she identifies as the lost golden age of lesbian Broadway. This history inspired a new avenue of investigation, taking Dr. Brodie across the Atlantic to the Channel Island of Jersey where lesbian surrealist artist Claude Cahun was captured by the Nazis for her resistance efforts.  Please join us for a conversation between Dr. Clemente, Dr. Brodie, and you, the audience, about these spectacular histories hidden in the archives.  


Refreshments will precede the event at 5:30 pm at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant. Seating is limited. RSVP required.


*The Colonial Theatre is located at 227 Bridge Street in Phoenixville, PA.