The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Circle, College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2015

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Circle, College of Liberal Arts, Fall 2015

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Biography

Laura Elizabeth Sapelly works at the disciplinary crossroads of the liberal and visual arts. Her current research explores the contributions made by American women to mass movements and aesthetics through sewing circles. By applying the sewing circle model to pedagogy in K-12 and university classrooms—as well as in galleries and cafés—Dr. Sapelly explores the potential of marginalized social spaces to generate everyday activism. She harnesses the sewing circle’s power to encourage informal social interaction in concert with the collective expression of individual aesthetics by asking her students to quilt together. Her research has received national attention, garnering interviews with Corrine Segal of PBS and Rebecca Corral of KCBS Radio, San Francisco, CA.  She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.