Posted on 03/24/2022
On January 31st, we celebrated the publication of Dr. Tara T. Green’s new work, Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Dr. Green wrote this book while holding the Linda Arnold Carlie Distinguished Professorship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In the zoom reading, Dr. Green shared parts of the introduction and first chapter to give us a taste of Dunbar Nelson’s life as an early 20th-century activist who practiced a form of “respectability politics” while grappling with questions of racism, women’s rights, and sexual agency.. Dunbar Nelson tested social boundaries through her choices in feminism, her practice in community education, and her experiences with marriage and other personal relationships. We congratulate Dr. Green on her extensive archival research and its accumulation into this beautifully written book.