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The Center for the Study of Women and Society and Women Writing Women's Lives present the Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture "From Martha Graham to Eleanor Lansing Dulles: Women, Power, and Intrigue in Cold-War Berlin" by Victoria Phillips. This event is free and open to the public, but click here to RSVP.

Victoria Phillips will be introducing her work on a biography of Eleanor Lansing Dulles, a forgotten principal American participant in the rebuilding of war-torn Berlin. Dulles joined with Martha Graham to “fight the Kremlin” with culture in the Cold War hotspot, Berlin, 1957. Unlike Graham, who always took center stage, Dulles hid in plain sight in the U.S. State Department’s man’s world of mid-20th Century Cold War intrigue, intent on keeping an invisible position. Phillips will discuss finding memos obscured in international archives that Dulles wrote under assumed names, and concealed in “Top Secret” files penciled in tiny print, EDL; for Eleanor Lansing, 'Eyes Only Dulles.’ Phillips posits that Dulles has not yet been written about because this power-driven woman succeeded in masking her ambition and contributions, a necessity during 1950s Cold War culture.


Victoria Phillips is the acclaimed author of the newly published Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, Oxford University Press, 2020. A Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History at Columbia University, Dr. Phillips is also director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR), Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics, and a 2020 Distinguished Fellow at the Corvinus Institute for Advanced Study at Corvinus University in Budapest.

Cosponsored by The Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, The Center for the Humanities and The Feminist Press.