Professor Lisa Merrill – F.O. Matthiessen Lecture and Symposium
Department of Rhetoric Professor Lisa Merrill returned to Harvard University for The Inaugural F.O. Matthiessen Lecture & Symposium, April 11 and 12.
The symposium is the culmination of the 2012-13 Mahindra Humanities Center Gender and Sexuality seminar. Professor Merrill delivered a lecture entitled “Same-Sex Networks of Affection, Affiliation and Advocacy Against the Background of the Civil War” at Harvard University in November 2012, as part of the year-long Gender and Sexuality Seminar.
Dr. Merrill has published widely in the fields of Performance History, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and American Studies. Professor Merrill’s talk at Harvard drew upon and connected her work on nineteenth-century American actress and cultural icon Charlotte Cushman with her current work on networks of support for the antislavery cause in the United States and Great Britain. Dr. Merrill presented new unpublished archival work on the overlapping friendship circles that unite these projects.
During the the F.O. Matthiessen Lecture and Symposium, April 11-12, Professor Merrill served on a panel with Michael Amico (Yale), Robert Reid-Pharr (CUNY), and Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth). The symposium also featured a lecture by historian Jonathan Ned Katz and a keynote address by F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professor Henry Abelove.