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About the Book: Dr. Samuel N. Dorf Discusses Archival Research and LGBTQ History

samdorfDayton Metro Library’s ABOUT THE BOOK author series continues on Saturday, March 30, when Dr. Samuel N. Dorf discusses his efforts to research the life and works of notable Daytonian Natalie Clifford Barney. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street, and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing at the event.

Natalie Clifford Barney is a central figure in Dr. Dorf’s 2018 book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1890-1930. Barney was a playwright, poet and novelist who was born in Dayton and lived as an expatriate in Paris. She came out as a lesbian in 1888 at age 12 and hosted salons at her home inspired by the archaic Greek poet Sappho.

In the process of researching his book, Dr. Dorf visited archives across the globe, from Athens, Greece and Paris to Madison, WI, and Dayton. He will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing LGBTQ history from archival sources.

Dr. Dorf is a University of Dayton musicologist and dance historian. His book, published by Oxford University Press, examines collaborations between French and American scholars of Greek antiquity, and the performing artists who brought their research to life at the birth of Modernism. The book tells the story of performances taking place at academic conferences, the Paris Opéra, ancient amphitheaters in Delphi, and in private homes.

The program is free and open to the public.

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