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Prudence Wright Holmes will perform her one-person show Typhoid Mary followed by a discussion with the writer-performer. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1915, Irish immigrant Mary Mallon was arrested for the second time and quarantined on North Brother Island in New York. She would remain isolated there for the next twenty-three years. Her crime? Mallon was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever and was accused of having infected unknown numbers of people through her work as a cook. Her name has come down through history as “Typhoid Mary” but Mallon’s case was just as much about gender, nationality, and class prejudices as it was about disease transmission. 

Prudence Wright Holmes has appeared in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, After.Life with Liam Neeson, and God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Broadway, she appeared in Happy End with Meryl Streep and Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith.

Co-sponsors of the event are ECU’s Gender Studies Program, Department of English, Women and Gender Office, School of Art and Design, Department of History, and Ethnic Studies Program.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at 252-737-1016 (Voice/TTY). 

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