Department of English at Illinois State University

Dr. Sidonie Smith
Fall Guest Speaker


Dr. Sidonie Smith, Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and the 2010 MLA President, is the English Department's Guest Fall Speaker. Her presentation "'America's Exhibit A': Hillary Clinton's Living History and the Genres of Authenticity" will be given on Thursday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m. in STV 401 followed by a reception at 6:00 in STV 410.

Dr. Smith's research areas extend across African American and American literatures, Autobiography, Gender Studies, Intercultural and Post-Colonial Studies, Law and Literature, and Visual Culture.

Publications in the last decade include The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and The Games, co-edited Kay Schaffer (Rutgers University Press, 2000); Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, co-written with Julia Watson (University of Minnesota, 2001); Moving Lives: Women’s Twentieth Century Travel Narratives (University of Minnesota, 2001); Interfaces: Women’s Visual And Performance Autobiography, co-edited with Julia Watson (University of Michigan Press, 2002); Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition, co-written with Kay Schaffer (Palgrave, 2004); Before They Could Vote: America Women's Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919, co-edited with Julia Watson (Wisconsin University Press, 2006); as well as numerous articles.

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