by Amanda Nicklaus
Dr. Andrea Stover opened the English Department’s annual Spring Speakers Series last Friday, Feb. 17 in Massey 103 with a presentation entitled “Virginia Woolf in the Age of Trump.”
Anyone who has taken a class with Dr. Andrea Stover can attest to her cheerful disposition, her passion for writing, and her love for Virginia Woolf. With this combination in mind, it would surprise no one that every seat in the room was filled last Friday, as students and faculty alike gathered eagerly anticipating Stover’s presentation.
Holding up a poster, Stover began by telling her audience of her participation in the recent Women’s March. On the poster was a quote by, of course, Virginia Woolf: “As a woman my country is the whole world.” The Women’s March, in providing a platform for minority voices to speak, prompted Stover to wonder about ways in which we can use our voices, and she turned to Woolf’s book-length essay “The Three Guineas” for guidance. Woolf observed that wealth promotes “power of some at the cost of others.” Guineas, Stover explained, were the currency of the slave trade, representative of the fact that Britain’s wealth and power were built on racism and slavery. Although she didn’t make any specific parallels, the audience was aware of the all-too-relevant reference to current events.