At 7 pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, join five distinguished Brown alumnae and faculty for a virtual panel exploring the idea of beauty: how and why it changes over time; the unique role of the beauty pageant; and the ways that society’s morphing definitions of “a beautiful woman” collide with race, class and gender.
Sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, visiting assistant professor of education at Brown, is the author of the book "Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America." Friedman will be joined by Marjon Carlos '05, a journalist, editorial director and former Senior Fashion Writer at Vogue.com, where her work explored the intersection of style and culture; Kathy Peiss '77 AM, '82 PhD, a scholar of gender and sexuality and the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols professor of American history at the University of Pennsylvania; and Deborah Saint-Vil ’10, who was Miss Rhode Island 2010, and has been a judge in the Miss America Organization.
The panel will be moderated by Marcia R. Ely '80, Director of Programs at the Center for Brooklyn History and member of the Pembroke Center Advisory Council.
A Pembroke Center virtual panel, sponsored by the Friends of the Pembroke Center and the Pembroke Center Advisory Council.
Marjon Carlos '05 is a journalist, editorial director & former Senior Fashion Writer at Vogue.com, where her work explored the intersection of style and culture--an outgrowth of her academic research in Gender and African American Studies at Brown and Columbia. Her writing has appeared in the pages of Vogue, ELLE, Vanity Fair, Essence, Wall Street Journal Magazine, among others, and she is currently working on her first book, a memoir. She also recently signed with Community New York management.
Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist who teaches in the Education Department at Brown. She is the author of "Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America" and "Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture." Hilary is also the President of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women and the mom to two boys, eight-year-old Carston and six-year-old Quenton.
Kathy Peiss AM’77, PhD’82, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, is an award-winning writer and teacher. Her books explore the cultural history of the 20th century United States, including the history of women and sexuality, beauty and style, and popular culture. She is the author of "Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (1986)," "Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture (1998)," and "Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style (2011)." Her latest book is "Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe (2020)."
Deborah Saint-Vil '10 is an education-tech solopreneur. As the first Black Miss Rhode Island in the history of the Miss America competition, in 2011, she won a preliminary talent award for her vocal rendition of Charlie Chaplin's “Smile” and was selected as a semi-finalist--placing in the Top 15. At the end of her year of service and for her work as a youth mentor in Providence, Deborah was honored with an NAACP Advocate for Justice and Equality for All Award.
Moderator Marcia Ely '80 is the Director of Programs at the Center for Brooklyn History. She has held senior programming and marketing positions at the Brooklyn Historical Society and the New York Transit Museum. She began her career as a television writer, producer and interviewer where she created award-winning programs for networks that include Nickelodeon, AMC, TNT, Showtime, and The Movie Channel.