To Catch and To Keep: Telling Stories of Women who Kept the Lights (online)

Event Type: Adults
Date: 7/27/2020
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 In this virtual presentation, Dr. MacDonald will share her research about lighthouses, memory, and women who kept lighthouses in the United States. Based on her 2015 solo performance, "To Catch and To Keep", as well as research and experiences since its inception, this presentation is all about lighthouses… or is it? In its original form, "To Catch and To Keep" was a performed collection about keeping: lighthouse keeping, keeping lighthouses protected in the modern world, and the process of keeping memories and histories for future generations to encounter. In this less theatrical and updated version, Dr. MacDonald will share parts of the performance while also digging into the research surrounding it. Through a combination of storytelling, traditional presentation, and imagery, she will illuminate the connections between lighthouses, cultural preservation, and the political underpinnings of who gets remembered and who gets to do the remembering. And she’ll share some family stories along the way, too.

Dr. Shauna M. MacDonald is Associate Professor at Villanova University where she teaches courses in performance studies, gender, and communication. She is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which is how she first became interested in lighthouses. A student of culture, she is fascinated by communication and ritual in extraordinary places and by extraordinary beings, including coal mines and cyborgs. For the last few years, she has been studying lighthouses as sites of cultural memory, with a focus on the gendered elements of those memories and how we share them. She is an artist, scholar, performer, and educator whose mission is to unearth, keep, and share stories.
Library: Phoenixville Public Library
Other Information:
 This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required to receive an invitation to this online event, which will be e-mailed to you a couple days before the event.
Contact: Mark Pinto
Contact Number: 610-933-3013 x132
Presenter: Shauna M. MacDonald, Villanova University
Status: Closed
Please Note
  • Attendee MUST give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

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