Have We Heard Their Voices? Hallie Flanagan and the Legacy of Federal Theater (Roundtable)

full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 
ellen.dolgin@dc.edu

In 1931, Hallie Flanagan and Margaret Ellen Clifford’s agitprop play, Can You Hear Their Voices? was performed at Vassar College. Its subject—starving farm families in the drought-ridden midwest surrounded by corporate greed—aroused the the students into political activism. By 1935, Hallie Flanagan, an academic, spearheaded the Federal Theater Project. Local, multicultural units brought live theater to all. Papers focus on particular works, ideology, or the legacy of our only national theater. 500-word abstracts + brief bio by 9/30/12 to: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu.

cfp categories: 
american
gender_studies_and_sexuality
modernist studies
popular_culture
theatre