University of Rochester

EVENT: Talk on social arrangements between interracial couples in 19th-century America

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in room 314 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

March 8, 2006

Stephanie Li, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at the University of Rochester, will discuss her study of 19th-century texts and the practice of "placage," a social arrangement involving free women of color and white men. Li will compare actual situations with their aspects of marriage and slavery as well as writings by social critics and foreign travelers of the time. Her lecture, titled "Malleable Mulattas and Resistant Silences: Placage and Louisa Picquet," is part of the Work in Progress Seminar series sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

Li received her master's and doctorate degrees from Cornell University. She is currently teaching a course on immigration and American identity at the University of Rochester while working on a book titled Black Female Resistance and the Politics of Sexual Agency.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.