Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

This informal lecture series concluded in the Spring 2002.

Past Speakers in this Series

Spring 2002

February 2. Karen Koehler, Five-College Associate and Lecturer on modern and contemporary art and architecture, will speak on factory architecture, including the silk factory buildings in Florence, MA

March 4. Bettina Musiolek, Five-College Women's Research Center Associate, will speak on Globalization, Women's Work and Corporate Social Responsibility, using the garment industry in Central and South-East Europe as a case study.

April 1. Susan Lind-Sinanian, Textile Curator at the Armenian Museum and Library in Watertown, MA, will speak on the museum, its silk collection, and the embroidered silk textiles created at Armenian-owned factories in Kharpert, present-day Elazig, Turkey.


February 5: Steve Tilley, Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, talked about and showed slides of the gypsy moth.

March 5: canceled due to a blizzard!

April 2: Alena Shumway '01 spoke about her plans for an exhibit on the Northampton Silk Industry to be held at Historic Northampton in 2003

October 1, 2001 Karen Herbaugh, Curator, Textile History Museum, Lowell, talked about the Museum, some of its collections, and the art of creating exhibitions

November 5, 2001 Marc Steinberg, Department of Sociology, Smith College, spoke on "Class and Gender among London Silk Weavers in early 19th century England."

December 3, 2001 Robin Russo, The Spinning Studio, Burlington, Vermont, talked about the efforts in Vermont, and to a lesser degree New Hampshire, to create a cottage industry of silk on the heels of the silk craze in Massachusetts and Connecticut.


February 15: Vanessa Larson, Smith College '01, talked about silk in contemporary Turkey;

March 6: Jim Parsons, historian of Leeds, MA, talked about the role of Leeds in the Northampton silk industry;

April 10: Daryl Hafter, Smith '55, Professor of History at Eastern Michigan State University and president-elect of the Society for the History of Technology, talked about women in the underground economy of 18th century Lyon;

October 2: Nancy Rexford, national costume consultant, spoke on fashions in silk;

November 6: Edward Maeder, textile curator, Historic Deerfield, gave some observations and insights into the use of silk from the Middle Ages through the 18th century;

December 4:Richard Lim, Department of History, Smith College, spoke on the mystery and the industry of the ancient silk trade.


February 2: Allison Lockwood, local historian, talked about Samuel Whitmarsh, who started the Northampton silk industry in the 1830's;

March 2: Walter Denny, art historian, University of Massachusetts, talked about (and showed slides of) Ottoman silks;

April 6: Sally Dillon, silk artist, demonstrated the techniques she uses to create geographically inspired silk clothing;

May 3: Susan McGlew, botanist and educator, discussed silkworms.

September 13: Madelyn Shaw of RISD and guest curator of "Silk in New England Society: 1730-1930", Smith College Museum of Art, 2002-03, spoke about her plans for this exhibition;

October 18: Aleksander Xhoxhi, Albania's leading silk scientist, described his work in sericulture over the last several years in Uzbekistan and China;

November 15: David Rossell>, who is writing his PhD dissertation on the culture of silk in Antebellum America, talked about the national silk craze and Northampton's role in it;

December 13: Jacqueline Field, textile specilaist and consultant, told us about her research on the history of a small silk company in Maine.

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