Triggering Biography: Race, Gender, Politics, Disabilities

Join OCLW for this panel discussion between Clare Coss and Denise Lynn, chaired by Victoria Phillips.

How do politically uncomfortable elements of lived lives challenge biographers to tell interesting narratives? When or how should a topic be avoided, modified, explained, or celebrated? How do we engage with the present without dating our published works and make them enduring life narratives? The panel members will briefly address how their biographical works have engaged with these issues, how they have been received as public documents, and how reception has changed over time. A moderated discussion with the audience will follow.