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Bonnie J. Morris

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, Department of History

    Full Biography

    BONNIE J. MORRIS is a women’s history lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley, a finalist for the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Prize, and a nationally recognized expert on the role of women’s music and culture. The author of nineteen books, she has devoted more than thirty years to documenting the women’s music movement, first publishing Eden Built By Eves, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and more recently The Disappearing L and The Feminist Revolution. Her research on women’s music, Olivia Records, and American lesbian culture will one day be housed at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library. In recent years Dr. Morris won a D.C. Arts and Humanities grant and a writing residency in Wales; organized the first-ever exhibit on the women’s music movement at the Library of Congress; arranged for Olivia albums to be part of the Smithsonian; received the Ruth Rowan Believer Award from the National Women’s Music Festival; and accepted the exciting role as Olivia Records’ official historian and archivist. Dr. Morris has been a featured speaker at conferences and museums throughout the country and continues to profile women’s music history for the Smithsonian. As a fiction writer, she also published the time travel novel Sappho’s Bar and Grill, a Finalist for the Foreword national award in LGBT fiction and winner of the Devil’s Kitchen award from Southern Illinois University. Coming soon: a history of women’s sports, entitled What’s the Score?