Artist + Author Talk

Unpacking Heterodoxy: Joanna Scutts in conversation with Jessica Campbell

March 22, 2024
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

On the left, the author Joanna Scutts, a white woman with red hair, rests her head on her hand. She is wearing a blue and white patterned shirt. On the right, the artist Jessica Campbell, a white woman with curly brown hair poses for the camera with her tufted floral artwork in the background. She is wearing a sleeveless yellow and black patterned shirt.
Portrait of Joanna Scutts (left). Photo credit: Sarah Klock; Portrait of Jessica Campbell (right). Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Critic, historian, and author, Joanna Scutts’ book Hotbed: Bohemian Greenwich Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism reveals the lost history of Heterodoxy, a secret feminist debate club that met in Greenwich village in the early 1900s. The women who called themselves members were instigators, dreamers, and radicals bound together and divided by causes that are still contentious today. The author joins Artist-in-Residence Jessica Campbell to discuss their shared pursuit of hidden histories to inspire contemporary discourse. 

Organized in conjunction with Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy and in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Event Information

March 22, 2024
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Parkway Central Library (Skyline Room)
1901 Vine Street
, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Free (suggested donation of $5)




Unpacking Heterodoxy: A Three-part Symposium

March 22–23
Interested in all three events? Get $10 off by registering with this bundle.


About the Participants

Jessica Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and author working in comics, fibers, painting, drawing, and performance. Drawing on a wide range of influences, including science fiction, art world politics, and her evangelical upbringing, Campbell explores ways to reflect heterogeneity through a combination of disparate media, subjects, and tone. Whether through cartoony depictions or the use of unorthodox material, her work often wields humor as a device to help one come to terms with its darker subject matter.

Campbell is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL.



Joanna Scutts is a literary critic, cultural historian, and the author of Hotbed: Bohemian Greenwich Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism (Seal Press/Hachette USA and Duckworth Books UK, 2022) and The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2017.) Her book reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Guardian, and New Yorker online, among many others, and she is a current board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Originally from London, Joanna received her BA from King’s College, Cambridge and PhD from Columbia University. She now lives in Paris with her husband and son.

Scutts is represented by Kate Johnson, Wolf Literary


Major support for Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy has been generously provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In-kind support has been provided by Tuft the World.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.