The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $18.2 million in grants for 208 humanities projects, including a Media Projects Production grant to enable production of a documentary film and website on the life and art of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun.
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The New York Times Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. This week’s Text to Text series looks at the 1959 A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and “Discrimination in Housing Against Nonwhites Persists Quietly” by Shaila Dewan (The New York Times, June 11, 2013) in a lesson plan by Susan Chenelle and Audrey Fisch.
Melissa Anderson reviews the exhibit, “Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder.”
David Stabler’s review for The Oregonian wonders about the risk of mounting Lorraine Hansberry’s play: a play very much of its time—60s idealism, fighting oppression, changing the system. Will a cynical modern audience find it quaint?
Victoria Brownworth of Lambda Literary places “Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder” in context.
In Lorraine Hansberry: A Museum Show and Opening the Archive, OutHistory offers several perspectives on the queer intersectionality of Lorraine Hansberry: “What I Love, What I Hate, What I Should Like,” “Opening the Restricted Box: Lorraine Hansberry’s Lesbian Writing,” and “Hansberry's Letters to The Ladder Quoted.”
In a review for Hyperallergic, Alexis Clements explores “Twice Militant” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
A new exhibition, “Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder” examines a lesser-known aspect of the life of the award-winning author of the landmark play A Raisin in the Sun, who died in 1965 at the age of thirty-four. The exhibition features documents and publications addressing Hansberry’s identification as a feminist and a lesbian, and will be on view in the Herstory Gallery of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art from November 22, 2013, through March 16, 2014.