The Secret Lives of Porgy and Bess
The gift of a first edition of the novel Porgy led to VFH Fellow Kendra Hamilton’s discovery that the fictional hero was, in fact, a real person and that her grandmother knew him. Hamilton hopes to reveal this man’s story and its implications for our time.
The French Education of Martha Jefferson Randolph
VFH Fellow Catherine Kerrison argues that Martha Jefferson Randolph’s French education significantly influenced her ideas about female education and female identity, which in turn shaped the program of education she created for her daughters.
“Feminism LOL”: VFH Fellow Andrea Press on the Postfeminist Age
Andrea Press examines the aftermath of the feminist movement in the public imagination in her upcoming book project. A professor of Media Studies and Sociology at U.Va., Press also has several upcoming articles on the gender factor in the controversy over the resignation and reinstatement of U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan.
The Cousin Marriage Debate
Anthropologist Susan McKinnon explores how a very different cultural logic of heredity and disease informed the debates about cousin marriage in the 19th century and considers what else was being talked about through the metaphors of heredity, breeding, health, and disease.
Earl and Dorothy Blake
Remembering Earl Blake: Carnival Costume Master
A dear friend of the Folklife Program, Earl was a master builder of stunningly elaborate Caribbean Carnival costumes, a tradition he brought to the US from his native Trinidad from where he emigrated in the 1960s.