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Angela Bowen, Ph.D. ’97, was the first person to earn a doctorate in women’s studies from Clark University.
“The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen” follows Bowen’s life from her childhood as a black girl in inner-city Boston during the Jim Crow era across the decades, until she became a legendary figure in her pursuits as a teacher, writer, feminist and activist. The film includes historic footage, photographs, and interviews with key people from her past, such as her dance mentor, her dance partner, her former husband, her children, activists, and scholars. Interwoven throughout the film’s narrative is the recognition of how race, class, gender, and sexuality influenced her, and played into her choices and her survival strategies. She died on July 12, 2018, at the age of 82.
A conversation with director Jennifer Abod, who was Bowen’s wife, will follow the screening.
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