The Polish Studies Center in cooperation with the Departments of Theatre & Drama, English, Comparative Literature, and Slavic Languages & Literature presents The Inaugural Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture:
“Shows of Solidarity: Cabaret in Interwar Warsaw”
January 31 2013, 7:00 pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Georgian Room
BETH HOLMGREN is Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Theater Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures from Harvard University and is author of, among other books, Women’s Works in Stalin’s Time, editor (with Helena Goscilo) of Poles Apart: Women in Modern Polish Culture, and translator and editor (with Helena Goscilo) of The Keys to Happiness by Anastasya Verbitskaya. Her most recent book, Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America (2011, Indiana University Press) details the life of Poland’s leading nineteenth-century actress, Helena Modrzejewska, who emigrated to southern California in 1876 to establish a utopian commune, but ended up as a leading Shakespearean actress on the American stage, playing opposite such celebrated actors as Edwin Booth and Maurice Barrymore. The book traces Modjeska’s fabulous life and career from her illegitimate birth in Krakow, to her successive reinventions of herself as a star in both Poland and America, and finally to her enduring legacy.