Oscar Wilde Gone Wild

 A lecture by Margaret D. Stetz

There is no end to the global interest in Oscar Wilde’s life and writings. An explosion of biographies, critical studies, adaptations, exhibitions, operas, and films has continued to stoke that interest and to show us new facets of Wilde and his world. This lecture will present some of the highlights of recent works and raise the question, “Why Wilde–and why now?”

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Cost: $25, Member cost: $20 Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861 

Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. In 2015, she was named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine to its list of the top 25 women in higher education. As well as being author of books such as British Women’s Comic Fiction, 1890-1990 and Facing the Late Victorians, she has published more than 120 essays in journals and edited volumes. She has also been curator or co-curator of thirteen exhibitions on gender, art, literature, and print culture–most recently, of one on Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia at the Rosenbach in 2015; one on the poet Richard Le Gallienne at the Liverpool Central Library in 2016, and one called Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection  at the University of Delaware Library in 2017.

2019 – The Year of Oscar Wilde at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. The Mansion is please to present three Oscar Wilde Victorian Theatre Productions and “Oscar Wilde Gone Wilde” by Margaret D. Stetz.

Journey to Sanctuary

The Philadelphia Story of Faith and Transformation in the Second Great Migration of African-Americans from the South

Philadelphia’s rich cultural history will be celebrated through the immersive, multifaceted storytelling experience of migration, stories that are relevant to generations of families that are old and new residents of the City. African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city’s well-established faith communities and growing cultural life. African American churches facilitated the passage for those coming to the Delaware Valley and became centers of community life and political activism. By exploring relevant humanities themes, Journey to Sanctuary seeks to add to the scholarship and visually share the story of the lesser-documented Second Wave of the Great Migration, which was larger and more diverse than the First Wave. The project’s themes examine how second wave migrants, their descendants, and existing Philadelphia residents navigated the explosive population growth; clash of cultures; diverse opportunities and threats; the cultural renaissance and political activism precipitated by the migration.

Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm 

Cost: $25, Member cost: $20 Reservations are required.  MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861

Julie Rainbow is a social activist artist, who integrates critical thinking with 25 years of social work experience. She studied economics at Spelman College and a MSS from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She was awarded a 2014 Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation.