Textiles and Activism:

2022 Project Threadways Symposium

Join us April 21 – 23, 2022, as we explore how textiles are used as a vehicle for expression, how the act of making supports community organization, and how material culture documents activism and movements throughout history.


The 2022 Project Threadways Symposium will offer in-person and virtual experiences. In addition to the presentations, in-person guests will experience the local community in Florence, Alabama—steeped in textile history—through food, drink, and conversation.


The list of speakers includes Carrie Barske-Crawford, Director of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, Jessamyn Hatcher and Thuy Lin Tu, professors of Global Studies at New York University, Janneken Smucker, professor and historian at West Chester University, singer-songwriter and Rosanne Cash, artist Diana Weymar of Tiny Pricks Project, and designer Barbara de Vries.



Project Threadways is committed to making our symposium safe. Ticket holders must provide proof of vaccination (2 shots of Moderna or Pfizer and 1 of J&J) no later than two weeks prior to the event or negative PCHR test within 48 hours of the event to attend the symposium. Our team will be in contact to receive this documentation. Masks will be required at events held at indoor venues. We are following national guidance from the CDC to create the safest possible environment for symposium guests. 

schedule of events

Thursday, April 21, 2022 (not recorded)
5:30pm Registration and Cocktails
7:00pm Project Threadways Dinner with chef Whitney Otawka


Friday, April 22, 2022
9:00am Breakfast 
9:30am Welcome + Introduction from Natalie Chanin and Carrie Barske-Crawford
10:00am Presentation by Jessamyn Hatcher and Thuy Linh Tu
11:00am Presentation by Janneken Smucker
12:00pm Presentation by Aleia Brown
1:00pm Lunch 
2:00pm Presentation by Diana Weymar
3:00pm Presentation by Rosanne Cash
4:00pm Panel Discussion
5:00pm Cocktail Hour



Saturday, April 23, 2022
9:00am Breakfast 
9:30am The Factory Tour (not included for Virtual Attendees)
10:00am Welcome
10:30am Presentation by Barbara de Vries
11:30am  Workshop with Barbara de Vries (not included for Virtual attendees)

1:00 Lunch 
2:30pm Oral Presentation by Carrie-Barske Crawford and Katie Kooper (open to the public, registration required, but free of charge) 
3:30pm Panel Discussion with Aleia Brown and Janneken Smucker
4:30pm  Closing Remarks


– Please note all times are CST.
– All events take place at The Factory at Alabama Chanin.

– The Factory Tour is unavailable for virtual streaming.


Learn more about each of our presenters.

Carrie barske-crawford

Director of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. Faculty member, University of North Alabama Department of History

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Clinical Professor of the Humanities, Liberal Studies/Global Liberal Studies Program, New York University

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Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University


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Author, Professor of History, West Chester University, and Co-editor of the Oral History Review

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Grammy award-winning Singer/Songwriter and Author

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Diana weymar

Artist, Activist, and Creator and Curator of Interwoven Stories and Tiny Pricks Project.

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Designer, Creative Director, Bookmaker, and Environmental Activist

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Author, Associate Professor of History, University of North Alabama

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Assistant Director of the African American Digital Humanities Initiative.

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This program is supported by funding provided by the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.  Event partners also include the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Alabama Chanin. All ticket sales go to 501(c)(3) certified Project Threadways.

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