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Rachel Levitsky, Founder of Belladonna*Feminist Avant-Garde Collective: A Reading and Talk

Rachel LevitskyThursday, March 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library, First Floor
Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and sweets will be served.

Join the Rubenstein Library for an lunchtime program with poet, scholar, and activist Rachel Levitsky. Levitsky, who founded Belladonna*, will share its history, mission, and aesthetics and read selections from both her writings and work published by the Belladonna* collective. Levitsky will also share the collaborative work she’s done within  Belladonna*, Pratt Institute, and the Office of Recuperative Strategies.

In 1999, Levitsky started Belladonna Series in order to investigate and promote feminist avant-garde poetics. Belladonna Series is now Belladonna* Collaborative, and Levitsky is a participating member. Levitsky is a faculty member at Pratt Institute in the MFA program in Writing, where she initiated the program of Creative Writing for Art and Design. With poet Christian Hawkey, Levitsky co-founded the Office of Recuperative Strategies (oors.net). Levitsky's hybrid poetries and prose utilize politics, humor and abstraction to map the structural reality of everyday life. Her recent books are NEIGHBOR (UDP), The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem) and the chapbook Renoemos (Delete).

Sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, the Program in Women’s Studies, the English Department, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Women at Duke Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library, First Floor
More details and R.S.V.P. on our meetup page.

Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles, learn more about the rich history of women at Duke University, and then put that knowledge into action by creating and editing entries that document the lives and contributions of women alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members. This event is part of a worldwide movement to increase the percentage of women editors and woman-focused articles within Wikipedia. Bring your laptop if you can, and create an account in advance. You can also participate from anywhere in the world! Co-sponsored with Duke University Archives and the Duke Women's Center. 

Additional editathons in Durham and Chapel Hill are listed online

Envisioning the Future of the Sallie Bingham Center

Remarks from the Bingham Center's 25th anniversary celebration held in March 2014 are available on a new website. The Bingham Center hosted an evening with author, playwright, teacher, and feminist activist, Sallie Bingham (pictured left), who reflected on 25 years of documenting women’s history at Duke and offer her vision for the Center’s next 25 years, and Rachel Seidman, Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program, at UNC-Chapel Hill and visiting lecturer in Women’s Studies at Duke University, who gave her perspective on Bingham Center contributions to preservation, teaching, and activism. Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs, and Robert L. Byrd, Associate University Librarian for Collections and User Services, gave introductory remarks. Read more