Imagining the Voices in Curry Cottage: Being Pregnant and Unmarried in the Era of ‘Free Love’

Imagining the Voices in Curry Cottage: Being Pregnant and Unmarried in the Era of ‘Free Love’

March 21, 2019 | 3:30 pm | Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Talk by Dr. Heather Brook Adams Assistant Professor, Department of English UNC-Greensboro

Although the later 1960s is nostalgically considered a time of “free love,” the incalculable cost of being a young, unmarried, and pregnant woman cannot be denied and should not be forgotten. In this talk, Dr. Heather Adams, Assistant Professor of English at UNC Greensboro, draws from her oral history research with onceunwed mothers from the 1960s to explain the rhetorics of shame and the raced- and classedpractices of secretkeeping and hiding that led to unwed and pregnant women relinquishing not only a child for adoption but their very identity as mothers.

Extrapolating from the stories she has gathered, Adams will use critical imagination to speculate about Curry Cottage, a building once on the UNCG campus that, starting in 1968, was used to enable teenage and pregnant girls to continue their schooling.