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This Intensive seminar was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 14, and has been rescheduled for Monday, April 8. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Intensives provide a space for a single researcher or small research team to engage directly with members of the AADHum community and MITH team in an open, flexible format meant to foster learning, discussion, and progress. AADHum Intensives further distill the most powerful elements of AADHum’s hallmark activities (workshopsreading groups and incubators) to facilitate the creation of excellent digital humanities work: presentation, as each researcher delivers a brief talk contextualizing the development of their digital project; dialogue, as participants engage with the researcher, with the goal of providing purposeful feedback and fostering discussion of two key theoretical or disciplinary readings that ground their project; and skill building, as AADHum and MITH staff support each researcher to develop or refine a key technical skill relevant to their project.

During the Spring 2019 semester, Intensives will feature members of the 2019 AADHum Scholars cohort and focus on supporting them in the advancement of their digital projects in African American history and culture. Though these Intensives do not provide broad theoretical or digital skills training, they are open to the public. We enthusiastically welcome all interested parties who want to learn more about the Scholars’ projects and/or participate in the ongoing development of their work. Please come prepared to engage in a discussion-driven, seminar-style event.

This Intensives session, “The Musical Theatre of Black Women,” features Jordan Ealey, a scholar and playwright, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. As a second-year MA student in Theatre and Performance Studies, her research interests are in Black Feminism, Black Theatre and Performance (with a focus in Black Musical Theatre), and Black Girlhood Studies. Her current thesis project takes an in-depth look at Kirsten Childs’s musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, as well as generates a genealogy of Black women-authored musicals. In addition to her traditional academic scholarship, Jordan is also a playwright. Her plays have been developed and/or produced at Horizon Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, and Rorschach Theatre.