Salem, Witch Hunts, and Women: A Look at the History of Class and Gender*

February 25th,2019 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Katherine  Howe, M.A.

We are living in a moment in which witch hunts dominate
headlines and capture media attention. The idea of
the "witch hunt" has informed American political life
for generations, always used as a shorthand for other
contemporary ideas. This talk will explore the history of
American witch hunts and delve into some of the ideas
about class and gender embedded in that history. Who is
a witch? What do witches do? And what does our early modern preoccupation
with witches tell us about the historical moment we are living through today?
– Katherine Howe, M.A.


Katherine  Howe, M.A.

Katherine Howe, M.A., is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Physick
Book of Deliverance Dane,” which debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times
bestseller list in 2009 and was named one of USA Today’s top ten books of the
year, and “The House of Velvet and Glass,” which was a USA Today bestseller
in 2011. For young adults, Ms. Howe has written “Conversion,” which received
the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award, and a literary ghost story called “The
Appearance of Annie van Sinderen.” In 2014, she edited “The Penguin Book of
Witches for Penguin Classics.” “The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs,” her new
novel for adults, will be published in June 2019. Her fiction has been translated
into more than twenty languages. She holds a B.A. in art history and philosophy
from Columbia and an M.A. in American and New England studies from Boston
University. A native Houstonian, she lives in New England and New York City
with her family, where she is at work on her next novel. She also puts hot sauce
on everything.