Annelise Orleck: Historian reflects on tragic Triangle Fire at Brooks Memorial Library




Annelise Orleck: Historian reflects on tragic Triangle Fire at Brooks Memorial Library

Source: Common News, 10-26-11

Originally published in The Commons issue #124 (Wednesday, October 26, 2011).

Dartmouth College professor Annelise Orleck will discuss the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Nov. 2.

Her talk, “100 Years since Triangle: The Fire that Seared a Nation’s Conscience,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the factory in Greenwich Village killed 146 young workers, most of them young immigrant Jewish and Italian women.

With exits locked, women leapt to their deaths while thousands watched. Half a million New Yorkers lined the funeral route, and politicians vowed to change workplace safety laws.

Orleck will talk about these events and their historical significance.

Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College, where she teaches U.S. political history, women’s history, and the history of race, ethnicity, and immigration, as well as Jewish studies. She is author of Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working Class Politics in the United States (1995) and Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (2005). She is co-editor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library.

Upcoming Brattleboro talks include “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” with Race and Reunion author David Blight on Dec. 7; “An Evening with Ken Burns,” with acclaimed PBS filmmaker Ken Burns on Jan. 4 (to be held at Latchis Theater); and “Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes” with Amherst College professor Michele Barale on Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or by email.


Joseph Cedar, Yehezkel Dror: Israeli film director & Hebrew U. professor awarded for promoting Jewish unity




Cedar, Hebrew U. professor awarded for promoting Jewish unity

Source: JTA, 10-26-11

Award-winning Israeli film director Joseph Cedar and Hebrew University professor Yehezkel Dror were recognized for their work in promoting global Jewish unity.

Cedar, whose film “Beaufort” was nominated for best foreign film at the 2008 Oscars, and Dror, professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the world’s leading analysts in policy planning and management, were awarded the 2011 NADAV Jewish Peoplehood Award at a ceremony Oct. 23 in Jaffa.

The award, presented by businessman and philanthropist Leonid Nevzlin, founder of the NADAV Foundation, was given to Cedar for his “enhancing Jewish pride and strengthening Jewish identity, particularly within the young generation,” and to Dror for his “life’s work to promote Jewish leadership in Israel and around the world.”

The NADAV Foundation works to support initiatives that advance an understanding of Jewish peoplehood, build Jewish collective identity and create lasting connections among the world’s Jews.

Last year the recipients of the NADAV award were Angelica Berrie, president of the Russell Berrie Foundation and chairman of the Hartman Institute in North America, for her contribution in raising new and pluralistic voices within the Jewish tradition and promoting dialogue among Jews of different backgrounds, and the Latma Group for the video “We Con The World” following the 2010 flotilla incident. The video garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube.