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Tracy Vaughn - Quilting, Community, and the African American Aesthetic
Dr. Vaughn-Manley discusses the distinctive aspects that define the Black aesthetic quilting tradition and how quilting is used by Black women writers: Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, and others to assert individual/collective agency and build community (ies).

Tracy Vaughn-Manley is an assistant professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of African American Studies, and a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University. Her current research is on 20th-century Black women's literature and the Black aesthetic quilting tradition. Dr. Vaughn-Manley is also a quilt artist/scholar. She was most recently profiled in the quarterly publication Quiltfolk, Issue 18: Illinois, April, 2021.

Jun 28, 2022 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Tracy Vaughn-Manley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction @Northwestern University
Tracy has inspired hundreds of students in the U.S. and abroad through her pedagogy and is now turning more decidedly to her research on black women’s literature and quilting. Her research engages the ways in which black women writers draw on what she refers to as the “Black Aesthetic quilting tradition” to assert individual and collective agency and find “catharsis.” Examining how these black women writers employ quilting as a trope in their work, she argues that their fiction and poetry situate the production and preservation of American folk culture in the hands of black women. She is also the director of undergraduate studies in the department of African American Studies.