October 22, 2002
Smith Alumnae to Figure
in Two Public Talks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
About 20th-Century Jewish History
Editor's note: Sartori and Zapruder
are available for interview. A digital photo of Zapruder is available.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Smith College's
Jewish Studies Program will host two free, public talks in early
November on issues of 20th-century Jewish history.
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, historian Jennifer Sartori will
discuss "From Smith to Suffrage to Civil Rights: A Southern
Jewish Woman's Odyssey."
Sartori's talk will focus on the life of Gertrude Weil, a member
of the Smith College Class of 1901 and a courageous advocate
of many of the major progressive causes of the 20th century.
After leading the struggle for women's suffrage in her native
North Carolina, Weil turned her attention to fighting for labor
reform and challenging segregation. Throughout her career, Weil
drew upon her Smith education, her family's example of civic
involvement and Judaism's teachings about righteousness and social
justice in her efforts to extend political, economic and social
opportunities to those long denied them.
Sartori directs the Women of Valor program at the Jewish Women's
Archive in Brookline, Mass. Founded in 1995, the archive is dedicated
to uncovering, chronicling and transmitting the rich and diverse
history of Jewish women in North America.
At 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, author and curator Alexandra Zapruder,
a 1991 Smith graduate, will discuss her new book, "Salvaged
Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust," winner
of a 2001-2002 National Jewish Book Award. A rich collection
of diaries of young people's wartime experiences, "Salvaged
Pages" reflects a decade of work by Zapruder and a team
of translators and has been described as a major contribution
to scholarship on the Holocaust.
In addition to identifying and collecting the diaries represented
in the book, Zapruder also served as the guest curator for an
exhibition of young writers' diaries at the Holocaust Museum
Houston. She is currently consulting on a children's visual arts
center planned for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington,
Both talks will take place in Seelye Hall 106, which is wheelchair
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