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Evenings with an author: Julia Mickenberg : American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream
7 March 2018 @ 19 h 30 min
Professor Julia L. Mickenberg presents her book, American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream, about the little known women who, instead of heading off to Paris in the 20s and 30s, went to the Soviet Union with liberty and equality in mind. Some were famous, like Isadora Duncan or Lillian Hellman; some were committed radicals, though more were just intrigued by the “Soviet experiment.” But all came to Russia in search of social arrangements that would be more equitable, just, and satisfying. And most in the end were disillusioned, some by the mundane realities, others by horrifying truths. Mickenberg reveals the complex motives that drew American women to Russia as they sought models for a revolutionary new era in which women would be not merely independent of men, but also equal builders of a new society (University of Chicago Press).
About the speaker
Julia L. Mickenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and this semester is a visiting professor at Université Paris Nanterre. She grew up in Connecticut, about 90 miles from New York City. She holds an A.B. degree in American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in American Studies (with a minor in Feminist Studies) from the University of Minnesota. Prior to graduate school she did work in public history, at the Smithsonian Institution, the Old York Historical Society (in York Maine), and with the National Park Service in Stehekin, Washington. Before starting as an assistant professor at UT in 2001 she taught history at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In addition to her latest book, she is also the author of Learning from the Left: Children’s Literature, The Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States (Oxford UP: 2006), which won awards from the Society for the History of Children and Youth, the Children’s Literature Association, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and the UT Cooperative Society. She is also co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (NYU: 2008) and The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (2011), which won the Children’s Literature Association’s 2011 Edited Book Award. She has also published articles and book chapters in venues including the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and American Literary History.