Blacklisted: A True Story of Sexism and Cake, In-Progress
During the summer of 2014, Visiting Assistant Professor Peter Nelson worked with three St. Olaf college students, Eileen McNulty, Daniel Bynum, and Jon Tiburzi on the pre-production of an animation titled Blacklisted: A Story of Sexism and Cake. Together they researched, wrote, and storyboarded a script, constructed elaborate sets and puppets, and started animating using a process called stop-motion animation.
Blacklisted: A Story of Sexism and Cake focuses on the experiences of Nelson's grandmother, Jessie, a vivacious and outspoken woman who was blacklisted from teaching in the early 1950s. Instead of resigning to the life of a housewife, Jessie initiated a drawn-out public campaign that led to the discovery of defamatory reports in her personnel file. This in turn spurred the superintendent’s resignation and Jessie’s overdue return to a permanent teaching position.