Reimagining Biography: Meet panelist Tracey Heather Strain

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Reimagining Biography: Meet panelist Tracey Heather Strain

On March 22, 2018, the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will co-present Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography. The four panelists will share how they navigated the feminisms, intersectionalities, political, and private-public voicings that shaped Hansberry’s life in their biographical treatments of the artist, activist, and public intellectual.

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing information about the panel participants as well as information about the Lorraine Hansberry Papers, held at the Schomburg Center. Today we are highlighting panelist Tracy Heather Strain, the director, producer, and writer of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, broadcast in January 2018 as part of the American Masters series on PBS.

Tracy Heather Strain is the director, producer and writer of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry. An award-winning filmmaker, Tracy creates documentaries and non-fiction media projects through The Film Posse, the company she co-founded with her husband and business partner Randall MacLowry. Several of her documentaries can be seen on public television, including American Experience, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, Race: The Power of an Illusion, and I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art. A graduate of Wellesley College (American Studies) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Technology, Innovation and Education), Tracy also serves as Professor of the Practice in Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University where she teaches documentary production.

Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Panel Discussion 6:30-8:00pm
Reception 8:00-9:00pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY, 10037

This is a free event, but as space is limited please RSVP here.

Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography panelists include Tracy Heather Strain (director of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart, PBS national broadcast January 2018); Margaret Wilkerson (author of the forthcoming Lorraine Hansberry: Am I a Revolutionary? and Professor Emerita of African Diaspora Studies and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley); Imani Perry (author of the forthcoming Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry and a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University); and Soyica Colbert (author of the forthcoming Lorraine Hansberry: Artist/Activist and professor of African American Studies and Theater & Performance Studies at Georgetown University). The panel will be introduced by Joi Gresham, the executive director of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, and moderated by Joy-Ann Reid (national correspondent, MSNBC).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018