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The Dialectics of Life History Research: Reflections from Pauli Murray’s Biographer

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Bell-ScottAs part of the Pauli Murray Project, The Graduate School will host a workshop, book-signing, and reception featuring scholar and author Patricia Bell-Scott on Wednesday, February 24, for students and faculty.

Bell-Scott, who is professor emerita of women’s studies and human development & family science at the University of Georgia, has studied the life of Durham civil rights activist Pauli Murray for 20 years. She has shared her findings in academic articles, book chapters, the foreword to the 1999 edition of Murray’s family memoir Proud Shoes, and most recently the dual biography The Firebrand and the First Lady: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, which will be released February 2.

Drawing on the lessons learned in her 30-year career as a scholar and from Pauli Murray’s life, including Murray’s decades-long friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, Bell-Scott will address the following questions:

  • What are the challenges of doing life history research?
  • What are the rewards of this kind of work?
  • How might one’s relationship to the subject change over time? For example, how and why might one shift from scholar-as-observer to scholar-as-advocate or participant-observer?
  • What factors might influence one’s methodology, as well as the form(s) in which one’s findings are shared?




Rubenstein Library, room 153 (the Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)

Event Category

  • Professional Development