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Dave the Potter’s Couplet Pots: Dancing History and Dred Scott

An interarts research collaboration that engages archival historical and literary research and creative work in poetry, art, music and dance to explore nineteenth-century African American history through a focus on "Dave the Potter's" pottery.

P. Gabrielle Foreman is a literary historian and the author, most recently of Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century and Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig, the Penguin Classics volume that first documented Wilson’s wide-spread success as an antebellum hair-care entrepreneur as well as her long post-bellum life as Boston’s "earnest and eloquent colored medium." Her current project, The Art of DisMemory: Historicizing Slavery in Poetry, Performance and Material Culture integrates historical and literary scholarship with the production of cultural performances that express her research interests through the arts. In doing so, she collaborates with Lynnette Overby, Professor of Dance, poets, visual artists and composers. Foreman is the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the Huntington Library and the Kellogg National Leadership Program, among others. She has served on the editorial board of American Literature and is currently on the inaugural editorial board of J-19. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her Ph.D. is in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Foreman is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Black Studies at the University of Delaware. She has served as professor of English and American Studies at Occidental College and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College.

Lynnette Young Overby, Ph.D. currently serves as faculty director for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning and as Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Delaware. During her career, she has served with distinction in several leadership roles, including president of both National Dance Association (NDA) and the Michigan Dance Council, and vice president of dance for the District of Columbia AHPERD, Michigan AHPERD, and Eastern District AAHPERD. Currently she is leading the formation of the Delaware Dance Education Organization and serves on the Board of Dance and the Child International. From 2004– Present Lynnette has served as a National Artist Educator from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is the author or coauthor of over 40 publications and eight books, has a record of over 100 major presentations and performances. Her contributions have earned her more than 20 state, district, and national awards and honors, including the 2000 NDA Scholar/Artist, and the 2004 Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization. She is a strong believer in interdisciplinary education, and is currently collaborating with P. Gabrielle Foreman on a long term “Performing History” project. Lynnette’s 2012 Choreography, "Sketches: The Life of Harriet E. Wilson in Dance, Poetry and Music." is based on research by P. Gabrielle Foreman, who edited Wilson’s 1859 book Our Nig.