On Sept. 27, 2019, the oral historian Rachel Seidman will be hosting a discussion about feminism alongside Carolina Public Humanities, The Center for the Study of the American South and the UNC General Alumni Association.
The conversation will center around the release of Seidman’s new book "Speaking of Feminism: Today's Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women's Movement" at Flyleaf Books off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The event is free to students and the public.
Seidman, a Yale University Ph.D. graduate, is the director of UNC's Southern Oral History Program and has researched U.S. history in the 20th and 21st centuries with a focus on oral history methodology, women’s activism, social movements and the health humanities. She has contributed to and written books and publications on the topic of feminism.
Her book, "Speaking of Feminism" explores the work and activism of 25 women between the ages of 20 and 50 through oral interviews conducted by Seidman.
“I was really interested in how women who have come of age during the years of backlash, during a time where we are told we don’t need feminism anymore, how they thought about the movement, how did they end up as feminist, what motivated them and how did they arrived at their work, and I was really interested to see how things changed in recent years,” Seidman said.