Thursday, February 16, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
+1 847 467 3970
Category: Lectures & Meetings
"A Racist Love Note: Stereotypes and Caricatures on Early 20th Century Valentines' Day Cards."
This talk spotlights early 20th century (1910-1930) Valentine’s Day postcards featuring stereotypes and caricatures of African Americans. Professor Young discusses the ways in which racist images widely circulated, appearing seemingly everywhere and on everything (including love letters). These images, combined with the messages written on their backs, reveal the wide acceptance of racial stereotypes in the early 20th century and demonstrates one way in which those beliefs were sustained throughout the first part of the 20th century.
Harvey Young, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Theatre, in the School of Communications.
The Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series is an ongoing collaboraton between The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Evanston Public Library, whereby Northwestern University humanities faculty share their research with members of the Evanston community.