Prominent American historian Eric Foner talks about The Underground Railroad in relation to Jacob's Pillow's historic connections and the performance of choreographer Joanna Haigood's site-specific Invisible Wings.
Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Suzanne Carbonneau.
EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Another Ride on the Underground Railroad, part of the live events during the naming of Jacob's Pillow as a site on Housatonic Heritage's African American Heritage Trail. Recorded August 25, 2007.
PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.
A critic, essayist, and historian, Suzanne Carbonneau's writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She is Director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance, and she is Critic-in-Residence at the American Dance Festival. Ms. Carbonneau is Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival and she lectures and writes for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Carbonneau holds a Ph.D. from New York University and is Professor of Performance at George Mason University. Her biography of choreographer Paul Taylor will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Carbonneau is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Eric Foner is an Americanhistorian. On the faculty of the Department of History at Columbia University since 1982, he writes extensively on political history, the history of freedom, the early history of the Republican Party, African American biography, Reconstruction, and historiography.
Foner is the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil WarReconstruction period, having written Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, winner of many prizes for history writing, and more than ten other books on the topic. In 2011, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, Foner's most recent book, was selected as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Foner also won the Bancroft in 1989 for his book Reconstruction.
In 2000, he was elected president of the American Historical Association.