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March 12, 2019

Women's History Month Keynote Speaker: 'When the Cotton Is High: Social Justice and Textiles'

12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. End Time
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Technology Building 344

Dr. Chawne Kimber presents: When the Cotton Is High: Social Justice and Textiles.

"For centuries, women have used their utilitarian and decorative textile work to express their politics and opinions on issues of the day. We'll take a look at some historical examples and then romp through my own work. My quilts use the lens of identity and difference to confront social conflicts like campus rape culture, Black Lives Matter, and censorship."

Keynote:12:15 - 1:30 p.m. in Technology Building 344
Reception: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Rockwell Hall's Metcalf Room

Dr. Kimber is an award-winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidery in galleries and festivals throughout the United States. She is also a professor of mathematics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and finds connections between her practices as a mathematician and as a textile artist. Her quilts are made in the patchwork style used by her ancestors who were enslaved. Modern Quilting magazine calls Dr. Kimber, “A growing force in modern quilting” because of the way she is pushing the art form in innovative and challenging directions. She uses the quilt as a medium to respond to current race-related social justice issues. Dr. Kimber will speak with students, faculty, and staff about her artistic practice and its connection to the history of our country as well as to current social issues.

Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and the Fashion and Textile Technology Department with the generous support of the Faculty-Student Association.



Open to: everyone

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