American feminist film critic and author Molly Haskell ’61 visited campus in November to talk about “Gender, Films and Feminism.” Haskell recounted a career that included such highlights as having her own “ ‘Mad Men’ experience” working in the French Film Office in the 1960s and writing for The Village Voice, New York magazine and Vogue.
Her books include the influential “From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies,” which was first authored in 1974 and revised and reissued in 1987. Her latest book, “My Brother, My Sister,” is a memoir about her brother’s transition from male to female. “The story is one of transformation — for my brother and for me,” said Haskell, who credited the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for providing an ideal setting to complete her book.
In addition to her writing duties, Haskell has served as a member of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival and was the artistic director of the Sarasota French Film Festival for seven years. Her many honors include a 2010 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Athena Film Festival Award from the Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College in 2013. In 1993, she was named Sweet Briar’s Distinguished Alumna.