In Conversation Series


The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) is thrilled and honored to be In Conversation with Chawne Kimber, Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University, and accomplished mathematician, artist, and activist. The talk will be held virtually on February 24, 2022.

Kimber previously held the distinction of Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Professor of Mathematics, Head of the Mathematics Department, and co-director of the Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education at Lafayette College. She holds a B.S. from the University of Florida, an M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

As a renowned quilt artist, Kimber explores the history of cotton production and the historical and contemporary issues of racism and social justice. Her quilts have been acquired by many leading institutions, including the Smithsonian, the International Quilt Museum, and the Petrucci Family Foundation. The Sigal Museum is currently home to Kimber's Cotton Sophisticate, a 6'x6' quilt of AMB solids with a muslin back and #12 Perle cotton front, in our temporary exhibit, Another American's Autobiography: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.

In this installment of "In Conversation" series, Kimber will discuss quilting as a means of expression and as a therapeutic outlet, the role of quilt making in the preservation of stories, the many roles of labor involved in the quilting process, and quilting as a path toward social justice.

Registration through Eventbrite is required. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants via email within one week of the event date.