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Events, Workshops & Symposia

Common Interests: A Collaborative CSA & AAS Symposium

Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

A joint symposium with the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA will be held to fulfill the goals of the workshop initiative introduced last year. The goals of the initiative are to broaden the understanding of CSA and support its mission in the New England Region through collaboration with institutions and individual members, to disseminate knowledge, to expand membership, and to assist in the development of future regional Angels Projects.

This joint Costume Society of America and American Antiquarian Society symposium will introduce CSA members to the rich costume research resources at AAS, while also introducing academic historians interested in costume topics to the organization and resources of the CSA. All lecturers present topics with connections to the AAS.

Guest speakers include:
Lynne Zacek Bassett - Independent scholar and CSA member specializing in New England's historic costume and textiles
Topic: "Serviceable bonnets and good, warm cloaks": Observations of American Dress by Charles Dickens, 1842

Hannah Carlson - Lectures on the history of dress, design and material culture at the Rhode Island School of Design
Topic: Object Histories: Pockets in the Archive

Rebecca Fifield - Preservation consultant and independent scholar focusing on the dress of working women during the 18th century
Topic: Recaptured! Reconstructing an Understanding of Working Women's Dress 1750-90 through Runaway Advertisement Analysis

Madelyn Shaw - Independent curator and writer specializing in the exploration of American history and culture through textiles and dress
Topic: Clothing the Civil War Soldier: Truth at the Nexus of Documents, Images, and Objects

Marla Miller - Professor of early American history at the University of Massachuretts Amherst, where she also directs the Public History Program and Kiki Smith - Professor of costume design in the Theatre Department at Smith College, where she also directs the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection
Topic: Clothing History in a Digital World

Nan Wolverton - Director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society and early American material culture lecturer in the American Studies Program at Smith College
Topic: Tailor Made: AAS Resources and the Study of Historic Dress

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/common-interests-a-collaborative-csa-aas-symposium-tickets-15210860092


Save the Date

Dr. Margaret Ordoņez: Education, Conservation, and Inspiration in Dress and Textile Studies

Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26, 2015

The University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Dr. Margaret Ordonez is retiring after fifty-three years of life in the academy! In celebration of her long career, the Northeast Region of the Costume Society of America invites you to join us at the region’s fall meeting.


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