Witchcraze: Exploring Violent Responses to Wise Women through the Ages: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom
Life Sentences: Writing with Women behind Bars: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Colket Center Pickle Lounge
On Nov. 12, Michele Lise Tarter, professor of English at The College of New Jersey and a 1982 Roanoke College graduate, will share her research on the earliest women healers - the witches. She will tell their stories, spells and cures, and then analyze the threat patriarchal society felt and its subsequent attack on these women.
On Nov. 13, Tarter will share her experiences teaching memoir writing with women “lifers,” a program she established in 2001 in New Jersey’s only maximum-security prison for women. Tarter has published many articles on early American women’s writing, with an emphasis on 17th-century Quaker women. She also has co-edited two book collections, “A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America” and “Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America.”