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Tenacious Women Lecture Series

at Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement presents a “Tenacious Women Lecture Series” on Thursday evenings from March through November in conjunction with the yearlong special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.”

The eight-part lecture series features scholars, curators and authors speaking on women throughout history. These evening lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.


March 7: “Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Lucy Worsley, OBE, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and one of British TV’s leading public historians and authors, presented an illustrated talk that makes you rethink what you know about Queen Victoria and takes you into the life, palaces and rich colorful age of a woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.

 


March 14: “Prisoners of History: Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, explores two very different stories of American Indian women, Pocahontas and Mary Jemison. Due to illness, Dr. Karenne Wood was unable to attend Thursday night’s presentation. Her Tenacious Women Lecture “Prisoners of History” was presented by her designated proxy, Evangeline Calland. Ms. Calland is an interfaith chaplain who practices in Charlottesville, Va.


April 4: “Matter Out of Place: The Writing of Ar’n’t I a Woman,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m.  Dr. Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University examines researching and writing “Ar’n’t I a Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South.”  

 


May 2: “Colonizing Women,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the relationships between the English women brought to early Jamestown, the men who desired them as wives and the Powhatan and Afro-Caribbean/African women affected by their presence.

 


September 12: “My Family of Women’s Rights Advocates: From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Me,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Coline Jenkins, legislator, author, and the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, sheds light on the evolution of American democracy through the inclusion of women as full citizens.

 


June 20: “England’s Bartered Brides: Building New Lives in Early Jamestown,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – British author Jennifer Potter shares untold stories of 17th-century English women who crossed the ocean to find husbands in Virginia.

 

 


October 10: “Gilt and Silk: Early 17th-Century Costume,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Rebecca Quinton, curator of European Costume and Textile at Glasgow Museums, explores Jacobean dress and the textiles used to make it, with particular reference to women’s wear and surviving items in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland.

 


November 14: Tenacious Women Lecture: “We Cannot Be Tame Spectators: Tenacious Women in Early Virginia,” Jamestown Settlement, 7 p.m. – Dr. Cynthia Kierner, Professor of History at George Mason University, shares the stories of women who survived and thrived in an era when many women lacked property, education and civil rights.

 


Admission: Evening public lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required at  (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

“Tenacious Women Lecture Series” is funded in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.