CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

February 21, 2007

In honor of Women's History Month, we offer a variety of programs that showcase our nation’s rich history of women leaders and their heroic achievements. While our engaging author talks and lectures honor American feminists, our film screenings illuminate women's struggles in different countries and cultures. Whether you crave stories of empowerment or seek information on women’s current issues, you'll find inspiration during Women’s History Month at Brooklyn Public Library!

The following programs are free and open to the public.

AUTHOR TALKS

Vivian Gornick
Join Gornick, author of The Solitude of Self, as she brings to life Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure of the 19th Century women's rights movement. While Stanton is best known for her contributions to the women's suffrage struggle, she also fought for women's custody, property and employment rights.
Sunday, March 4, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Deborah Tannen
The author of You're Wearing That?: Mothers and Daughters in Conversation explains how mothers and daughters can enhance their relationship through respectful communication.
Saturday, March 10, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Why do we Read and Write Women’s Memoir?
Helen Epstein, author Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's History, will discuss how she incorporate poems, essays, travelogues and eyewitness testimonies into her memoirs.
Saturday, March 10, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Lecture: Margaret Sanger
New York University Professor Esther Katz discusses the contributions of American birth control activist Margaret Higgins Sanger.
Saturday, March 24, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

FILMS

Film Lecture and Screening: In the Shadow of Little Rock
Director Sharon LaCruise presents her unedited documentary about feminist and civil rights activist Daisy Bates, who symbolized the legal fight to desegregate the public schools after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.
Saturday, March 3, 4 PM
Central Library, Third Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Women of the Film World Series: Sentenced to Marriage
Anat Zuria’s documentary examines the complex process of divorce in Israel’s rabbinical court system.
Tuesday, March 13, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Women of the Film World Series: Divorce Iranian Style
This look at Iranian divorce court shows strong women fighting for their rights in a biased legal system.
Tuesday, March 20, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Film: Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)
Released in 1961 when divorce was illegal in Italy, this satire of Sicilian male chauvinism reveals a nobleman’s plot to kill his wife.
Tuesday, March 27, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Caribbean Dialogue: The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm
After a screening of the documentary film Chisholm 72, the audience may participate in a conversation about Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress.
Thursday, March 29, 7 PM
Central Library, Third Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

EXHIBITIONS

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn
Celebrate Brooklyn's drum-based traditions through an exhibition curated by the She Shootin' Photography Collective – five Brooklyn-based women photographers originally from the United States, the Caribbean and Africa.
Through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

WORKSHOPS

Poetry Workshop
Join this workshop for aspiring teen poets. This month’s theme is African American Women who symbolize empowerment.
Thursday, March 8, 4 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Many events are made possible by a generous contribution from Xerox Corporation.

Poetry Workshop is made possible through the generous support of the New York City Council through its Cultural After-School Adventure Fund.

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