January 31, 2009
WVU Parkersburg Humanities Speaker Series to host "The Life and Work of Writer Rebecca Harding Davis" presentation.
CONTACT: Dr. Nancy Nanney, chair of the Humanities Division, 304-424-8361.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Humanities Speaker Series will present a performance entitled “The Life and Work of Writer Rebecca Harding Davis” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the College Theatre (Room 1305).
This free public cultural presentation is part of the History Alive! program sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council. It will provide audience members an excellent opportunity to connect with an earlier era of social reform. Portraying Davis will be Debra Conner.
As one of the most important writers of her time, Davis (1831-1910) became a sensation when her groundbreaking story “Life in the Iron Mills” appeared in The Atlantic magazine in April 1861. The story exposed the American public to the working conditions of mill workers in Wheeling, WV, where Davis was living at the time, and brought her work to the attention of such literary notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott.
Conner, who has done extensive research, will portray the life and work of this highly regarded social reformer and author. As part of the program, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of both Davis and Conner.