Edgar Allan Poe famously proclaimed the death of a beautiful woman "the most poetical subject in the world." The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author's history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.
In 2017 the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries began building the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera detailing the experiences of early modern women from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
Known for his wide-ranging interests, Dr. Howard A. Kelly - one of the founding physicians of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital - lived a life full of passion for the natural world, dedication to the medical care of women, and interests and hobbies ranging from mushrooms to women’s suffrage to uranium ore. Learn about this fascinating man from Natalie Elder - Curator of Cultural Properties at the Chesney Medical Archives - and see artifacts, photographs, and papers from Kelly’s life and career up close during this special presentation.
Join author, Saima Sitwat, for a conversation about major themes of her book, American Muslim: An Immigrant’s Story. Hear excerpts from Sitwat’s memoir and explore questions such as, “What does it mean to be a minority, a Muslim, an immigrant, and a woman in 21st century America?” Co-sponsored by TU Center for Student Diversity.
Towson University, University Union, Room 324
281 University Avenue, Towson, MD 21204
(Intersection of Osler Drive and Emerson Drive)
Register (optional): bit.ly/aacc-sept27-saima-sitwat
Suggested donation: $10
Evergreen’s new major exhibition, A History of Houseplants, explores the forces that sparked the Victorian obsession with houseplants, reveals how the trend manifested at Evergreen and in Baltimore, and examines how today’s houseplant enthusiasts both recall and differ from the Victorians of 150 years ago.
On view October 1, 2022-June 4, 2023. Gallery open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
Admission is FREE and no advance registration is necessary.
World War II brought Frederick, Maryland-born fashion designer Claire McCardell to a turning point in her career. Already established in the fashion industry but not quite a household name, McCardell was commissioned to design uniforms for the Office of Civil Defense Corps. Using non-rationed materials such as weather balloon cottons, aprons, and mattress ticking, McCardell embraced the opportunity for uniqueness, ultimately leading to the embedded American Look for women.
Maryland schools have had a unique role in the history of segregation and integration, often due to the efforts of pioneering legal activist Thurgood Marshall. Both at the university and K-12 levels, Marylanders have been at the forefront of pushing for equal access to quality public education. Participants will explore case studies in the Passion and Purpose: Voices of Maryland’s Civil Rights Activists exhibition, and model historical investigation for students using primary source collections from the H. Furlong Baldwin Library.