TC Colley Lecture Series - Ann Fessler
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:00pm
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI
Throughout her career, Ann Fessler has produced photographs, artists books, audio and video installations, and films that use the stories of ordinary people to humanize social issues and bring the perspective of those who are directly affected by social policy into conversation with those who make it. Her critically acclaimed book, The Girls Who Went Away (Penguin, 2006), based on interviews she conducted with mothers who lost children to adoption in the 1950s and 60s, was chosen as one of the top 5 non-fiction books of 2006 by the National Book Critics Circle, and was chosen by Ms. magazine as one of the top 100 feminist books of all time. Fessler will screen her most recent film, A GIRL LIKE HER, which combines the voices of the mothers describing their experiences of banishment, surrender, and loss, with footage from the time period depicting the United States as it wished to be seen—a land of happy families and perfectly cooked casseroles.
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