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Louisa May Alcott in her mid-twenties, 1858. Photo courtesy of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House


Patricia Lynch
Louisa May Alcott midtwenties

Marquette University Libraries in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Library invite you to the first event in the five-event series "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women."

"Louisa May Alcott: Through Her Eyes"

Monday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m.

John P. Raynor, S.J., Library Conference Center

Marquette professors Angela Sorby and Sarah Wadsworth will provide context and introduction for Alcott as an author who was largely overlooked until the 1980s. Not just a children's writer, she wrote about her experience as a Civil War nurse, was a journalist, and a writer of thrillers. This opening event will feature readers in period costume:

  • Marquette alumna Patricia Lynch (B.A. in Theology, pictured lower right) will read brief selections from Alcott's Transcendental Wild Oats and Hospital Sketches. Ms. Lynch is co-founder of the West Side Soldiers Aid Society, a non-profit living history and veteran service organization inspired by the women of Civil War Milwaukee.
  • Members of Marquette's Department of Performing Arts will perform a dramatic reading from Alcott's thriller, Behind a Mask, edited and directed by Prof. Phylis Ravel. Lecturer Maureen Kilmurry will act as narrator; senior Kelsey Lauren will play Jean; and MU alumnus Joe Picchetti (Comm, 2011) will play Coventry.

The event will conclude with a reception with refreshments and a drawing for copies of Alcott's books.

Library Exhibit: An exhibit in the John P. Raynor, S. J., Library lobby features books by and about Louisa May Alcott and showcases relevant aspects of nineteenth-century American print culture, such as St. Nicholas magazine, as well as contemporary interpretations of Alcott's works.

All members of the academic and wider Milwaukee communities are invited to this free event. Guests without Marquette IDs are advised to arrive in time to register at a table in the Raynor lobby for entrance to the library. Questions about any of the Alcott events may be addressed to Susan Hopwood, Outreach Librarian, by e-mail or phone (414) 288-5995.

Programs in this series are sponsored by the American Library Association with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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