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Visiting Fellow Archive (2010-2011)

Linda Gordon


The 2010-2011 Institute for the Humanities Visiting Fellow is Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University. A scholar of twentieth-century U.S. social and political history, Linda Gordon has specialized in examining the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates, particularly as they concern gender and family issues. Her publications include Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right :The History of Birth Control in America (1976); Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence (1988); and Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (1994), among others. Most recently she authored Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (2009).

Linda Gordon will be in residence at UIC from November 1-5, 2010, offering a seminar and a public lecture. The seminar is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. Preregistration is not required but it is highly recommended. The lecture is open to the public.

The lecture and seminar will take place in the Institute of Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall.

The seminar is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. Preregistration is highly recommended. To preregister, please contact Linda Vavra, 996-6354,


Lecture:  Monday, November 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
“Visual Democracy: Dorothea Lange’s Photography and the Limitations of the New Deal.”

Seminar:  Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 2 – 5:00 p.m.
This seminar will explore problems about negotiating the present with the past that historians confront when writing biography, particularly the biography of an artist.  Professor Gordon will discuss these issues in relation to her writing about Dorothea Lange.

Linda Gordon, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, introduction, pp.3-4, and chapter 12.

Edgar Shaohua Huang, “Afterthoughts on the representational strategies of the FSA Documentary”

Allan Sekula, “Dismantling Modernism, Reinventing Documentary (Notes on the Politics of Representation) in Massachusetts Review, vol. 19 #4, winter 1978, pp. 859-883.

Sally Stein, “`Good fences make good neighbors:’ American Resistance to Photomontage between the Wars,” in Montage and Modern Life 1919-1942, MIT Press, 1992, pp. 129-189.