The American stage

slavery stageAn expert in the history of American theater, Heather S. Nathans will present “Seeing Ourselves Through Others’ Eyes: Struggling with Stereotypes on the Nineteenth-Century American Stage” on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Nathans is the editor for the University of Iowa Press’s award-winning series, Studies in Theatre History and Culture and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of American Drama. Her publications include: Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas JeffersonSlavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861; Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance (co-editor and contributing author); and the forthcoming Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage. Nathans has held over 25 research fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the American Jewish Archives, and the Mellon Foundation. She is an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society. Nathans is also president of the American Society for Theatre Research and a professor at Tufts University. Sponsor: Lowell Humanities Series

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