Patti Schroeder, Ph.D., McClure Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies at Ursinus, will deliver a talk titled "The History of Blackface."
Dr. Schroeder is a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of Ursinus College, and earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in American literature, African American literature and modern drama, as well as specialized courses in blues and literature, literature of mixed-race Americans, and emancipation narratives. Her research interest has been in cultural studies, specifically the influence of blues music on American literature and legendary bluesman Robert Johnson as a cultural icon. Her 2004 book, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture, was published by the New York: University of Illinois Press.
She has written articles published in The Journal of American Culture, African American Review, Cambridge Companion of American Women Playwrights and other journals. She serves as the Coordinator of the American Studies program, and in spring 2010 was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Catania in Sicily.
Thursday, Feb 7, 2013