The Bonds of Womanhood; Serious Benefits of Clowning in Crisis — 5.26.18

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We spoke with Susan Fraiman author of Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins, in which she challenges main stream views of domesticity and explores homemaking for under-represented groups, and Tim Cunningham has traveled to 13 countries delivering laughter to communities in crisis across the globe with Clowns Without Borders. The organization brings connection through playfulness to people affected by the ravages of natural disaster, disease, and war.

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Susan Fraiman, Ph.D. is a professor in UVA’s English Department where she studies and teaches about gender and sexuality. She has focused on women’s literature, writing frequently about Jane Austen, but also looks at popular culture. She is the author of a new book, Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins which looks at homemaking in under-represented spheres, exploring the homemaking of immigrants, homeless, queers and gender rebels. We spoke about this work, activism, feminism, Jane Austen, and the status of the fare wages at UVA, and more!

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN has traveled to 13 countries delivering laughter to communities in crisis across the globe with Clowns Without Borders.  The organization brings connection through playfulness to people affected by the ravages of natural disaster, disease, and war. He’s a nurse, professor, and he is the director of the School of Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia. The publication UVA Today said he had “the perfect combination of compassion, brilliance and humor.” “I’ve always been interested in studying the bridges between laughter and health,” Cunningham said.

(Pictured above l to r: Tim Cunningham, Susan Fraiman)

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Resources:
Susan Fraiman
Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins
Tim Cunningham
Clowns Without Borders

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