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Brown Bag: The Repoliticization of Myth? East German Letters to Angela Davis | WGSS

Feb 15, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Williams Hall - Room 070
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Jeanne Kassis Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Brown Bag - "The Repoliticization of Myth? East German Letters to Angela Davis." Olivia Landry, Asst. Prof. of German.

Bring your lunch. Drinks/Dessert Provided. 

This talk examines Angela Davis's important epistolary connection to the German
Democratic Republic. Between the years 1971 to 1972 an outpouring of support from socialist countries reached San Rafael and then San José, California, respectively, where Davis awaited and endured trial. This came in the form of letters, overwhelmingly written by school children in the GDR. For the youth of the GDR, Davis represented an iconic figure of social justice. But while the letters were instrumental in securing her freedom in the U.S., they at once stymied radical politics in the GDR, where Davis was actually adopted as a strategic depoliticizing myth.
(This talk is part of a co-authored project with Kathleen Smith.)

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