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TRIDENT OFFSITE (BPL): The Greenidge Sisters
Join the Boston Public Library and the Greenidge Sisters: Kaitlyn, Kerri, and Kirsten for a conversation about FemTour. The Feminist History Road Trip (FemTour) seeks to identify and explore sites and places connected to women’s history in the US. It defines women’s history sites as places where events or people relevant to the history of gender in America occurred. The tour is particularly interested in sites connected to the history of women of color, working-class women, queer women and women who are often overlooked in Women’s Studies. We are eager to explore sites across the United States, in as many regions as possible. We recognize that women’s history is not monolithic; that the experience of gender relies as much on a woman’s race and class as it does on a woman’s perceived sex. We seek the uncomfortable stories, the stories that do not fit into a neat narrative, and the stories that bring up as many questions as they do answers.
Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Glamour, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute and other places. She is a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and a contributing writer to the New York Times.
Dr. Kerri Greenidge received her Doctorate in American Studies from Boston University, where her specialty included African-American history, American political history, and African-American and African diasporic literature in the post-emancipation and early modern era. Her research explores the role of African-American literature in the creation of radical Black political consciousness, particularly as it relates to local elections and Democratic populism during the Progressive Era. She has taught at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Emerson College. Her work includes historical research for the Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African-American Literature, the Oxford African American Studies Center, and PBS. For nine years she worked as a historian for Boston African American National Historical Site in Boston, through which she published her first book, Boston Abolitionists (2006). Her forthcoming book is a biography of African-American activist, William Monroe Trotter, which explores the history of racial thought and African American political radicalism in New England at the turn of the century. She teaches at Tufts University where she is currently co-director of the Tufts / African American Freedom Trail Project, and where she serves as Interim Director of the American Studies Program through the University’s Consortium of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. Her biography of Boston activist, William Monroe Trotter, will be released by W.W. Norton Press in Winter, 2018.
Kirsten Greenidge is currently artist in residence at Company One Theatre in Boston with support from the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound, where she co directs Company One’s playwriting program, Playlab. She is the author of BALTIMORE (New Repertory Boston Center for American Performance at Boston University, University of Maryland, University of Iowa), a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, BUD NOT BUDDY, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terance Blanchard (Kennedy Center), THE LUCK OF THE IRISH (Huntington Theatre Company and LCT3), and MILK LIKE SUGAR (La Jolla Playhouse and Playwrights Horizons), which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and received an Independent Reviewers of New England Award, a San Diego Critics Award, and a Village Voice Obie Award, among others. Other plays include LITTLE ROW BOAT: OR, CONJECTURE (commissioned by Yale Rep), BOSSA NOVA (Yale Rep) and SANS-CULOTTES IN THE PROMISED LAND (Humana Festival/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). She’s enjoyed development experiences at the Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient for LITTLE ROW BOAT, The Goodman, Denver Center, Sundance, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Sundance at Ucross, the O’Neill and San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series with ZENITH. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from the Huntington (COMMON GROUND with Melia Bensussen and MOIRA SPINS), Company One (FOR THE GREATER GOOD), La Jolla Playhouse (TO THE QUICK), Oregon Shakespeare American Revolutions Project (ROLL, BELINDA, ROLL), and Playwrights Horizons (BEACON). She is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified playwrights several years running. She attended the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and Wesleyan University.
*Note: This event will be held offsite, at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch in Copley Square. More Information can be found here.*