Jeanne Theoharis of the City University of New York will give the 16th annual Anita S. Goodstein Lecture in Women’s History. Theoharis is the author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Beacon Press, 2013).
Theoharis’s compelling biography dispels, once and for all, the image of Parks as an apolitical, middle-aged lady who was too tired to give up her seat in a Montgomery bus. The Parks that Theoharis uncovers hailed from an activist family and had worked on Civil Rights and other issues, including efforts to stop sexual violence against black women, for decades. Theoharis also highlights the importance of Parks’ participation in a seminar at the Cumberland Plateau’s Highlander Folk School in her decision not to relinquish her seat. Theoharis’s biography is also the first to examine Parks’ life after the bus boycott, which included death threats, unemployment, and a move to Detroit, where Parks continued her civil rights activism.
The Anita S. Goodstein Lectureship in Women's History was created in 1998 in recognition of Dr. Goodstein's significant contributions as a professor, colleague, and friend. Dr. Goodstein and her family were members of the Sewanee community for more than 40 years. She began teaching as a history professor in the mid-1960s and continued until her retirement in 1992, introducing courses such as American Intellectual and Social History, and Women in American History. She made substantial contributions in documenting women's history in Tennessee and was a leading organizer of Tennessee's 75th celebration of women's suffrage.
All are invited to attend the lecture, which will be followed by a reception.
The lecture will take place in Gailor Auditorium on Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30pm.