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2017

 



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Thur Sept 28 2017 noon program.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) , among the first African American women writers to achieve national recognition will be the subject of a presentation by A. Anokwale Anansesemfo a National Park Ranger whose avocation is studying Hurston’s work and legacy. 
        Hurston, born in Notasulga Alabama, is the author of four novels and more than 50 plays, short stores and essays. Eatonville, Alabama, where she grew up, which is the setting for some of her work, holds an annual festival in January in her honor. Her literary interests included racial struggles in the American South, anthropology and ethnography, and Haitian voodoo. She attended a Baptist private boarding school in Florida, then attended Barnard College of Columbia University where she received a B,A, degree in anthropology in 1928 when she was 37 years old. She also attended Howard University.
        Hurston’s work was relatively unrecognized by the American literary community until a 1975 magazine article featured what became her most famous book: Their Eyes Were Watching God.
        Anansesemfo holds a BA degree in history from Coppin State University (which honored her with an Outstanding Public Service award) and a Master’s degree in art history from Howard University. She says she is is “most passionate about the African Diaspora in America.” She has appeared on C-Span3 and spoken at various conferences and schools. She is scheduled to teach at Goucher College this fall, and has served as an adjunct Public History professor at Stevenson University.
        Anansesemfo works as a National Park Service Ranger at the Hampton National Historic Site near Towson, Maryland.
        “It is through the National park Service that I can perform my mission in life which is to tell the trials, tribulations and triumphs of my ancestors to the world’s community,” she said.
        
*50-state Project honors women writers in Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

 



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STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN: NARRATIVES OF EARLY FEMINIST WRITERS

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Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Megan Metcalf, Women’s Studies specialist in the historic Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress will speak noon May 18 on early feminist writers in America. 
        She also has an interest and has creaed an exhibit on the women’s music movement.
        In STIRRED NOT SHAKEN I will be discussing how I envision using influential feminist texts as a launching point to uncover what popular history gets wrong about American feminism.
        “I’m gong to reveal my research process and highlight the vital role libraries and archives play in preserving, interruptiing and re-interrupting mainstream narratives of American womanhood, Ms. Metcalf explained.     
        “My interests in feminism and library science both started while I was still a high school student. By the time I got to college, I was a self-identified feminist ready to dive head first into the world of libraries and research, It became clear to me then that feminism has a lot to contribute to conversations about how we organize, preserve, and facilitate access to information, and to our very own stories,” Ms. Metcalf said.
        “While I was in graduate school, I taught “An Introduction to Women’s Studies” while also working in the reference department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received a Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. In August of 2015 I moved to Washington, D.C.”
        
*50-state Project honors women writers in Kansas Kentucky Louisiana and Maine. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

 




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CLARE BOOTHE LUCE (1903-1987) HAD IT ALL

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Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        The multi-dimensional American woman writer Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) had it all, and was all: playwright, war correspondent journalist, U.S.Representative, Ambassador to Italy, and Medal of Freedom honoree, for starters.  She had no college education.
        Attorney Michelle Easton, founder and President of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in Reston, Virginia, will speak and show photos of Ambassador Luce’s extraordinary life, April 18, 2017 at noon in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.
        Beautiful and witty, Clare Boothe was married to multi millionaire Henry Luce, owner and publisher of TIME, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Vanity Fair magazines when print journalism dominated They were known as one of the great “power couples” in America’s history.
        Her 1936 satirical comedy play, with an all woman cast, was a 1936 Broadway smash made into a 1939 movie. Her plays Kiss the Boys Goodbye and Margin for Error were also made into successful movies. Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann attended opening night. Otto Preminger directed.     
        Known for the acidic tinge to her wit, her most famous line was: “No good deed goes unpunished”, and “Widowhood is a fringe benefit of marriage.” In 1942 Luce was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut, a seat formerly held by her stepfather.
        In 1952 she was appointed America’s ambassador to Italy, the first female to hold such a high ambassadorial post.
        Her only child, a daughter Ann, was killed in a 1944 car accident. Ms. Luce died of a brain tumor in 1987, Her fortune was estimated at $50 million.
        
*50-state Project honors women writers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

2016

 




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MEET NPR’S Senior Business Editor
Marilyn Geewax “Here & Now”!

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Marilyn Geewax, Senior Business Editor for National Public Radio, always has her finger on the pulse of business, as she assigns, writes and edits national stories.  She is an award-winning  regular contributor to NPR’s midday Here and Now show.  She has traveled the world covering business  and economic issues, filing news stories from China, Japan, South Africa and Europe.
        She will discuss her personal career: how she came up through the print journalism ranks as national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington bureau, as well as her work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she also served on the editorial board. She got her start as a business reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal.
        She is a native of Youngstown Ohio.
        Her work on the foreclosure-crisis contributed to NPR’s 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news , and she was also recognized with a 2009 Heywood Broun Award.     
        A graduate of The Ohio State University, she earned a Master’s degree from Georgetown She also won a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard.
        
*50-state Project honors women writers in Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

 




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STAND BY YOUR MAN: FIRST LADIES CAMPAIGNING

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Who could forget Nancy Reagan’s mesmerized focus on her Ronnie’s (Ronald Reagan) every activity as he campaigned for the Presidency?
        
Decades before Mrs. Reagan , wives of Presidential candidates did little to actually campaign with their husbands on the hustings. But after Mrs. Reagan set the pace, wives of Presidential hopefuls became, and continue to be, very actively involved in on- the -scene campaigning.
        Patricia Krider, executive Director of the First Ladies Library and Museum in Canton, Ohio, will review that fascinating historical arc.
        Before 1920, women were literally in the background because, by law, they were ineligible to vote because of their gender.
        Nineteenth century wives “might wave a handkerchief from a window during a parade”, or “ delight the crowd by sending them a winsome smile from the front porch of her own home”. Krider said.
        “But the right to vote also gave women the opportunity to take a dynamic role in the political arena. Today a potential First Lady must multi-task while campaigning. She must know her husband’s issues and concerns while answering questions about her own causes and activities”, Krider said.
        “The media still scrutinize her clothes and hair, but now they also report on what potential assets she brings to a presidency”, Krider continued.
        “Dolly Madison was the first openly successful political First Lady who hosted the first public Inaugural Ball. Helen Taft worked so tirelessly on Howard’s Presidential campaign that President Theodore Roosevelt accused her of aspiring to the Presidency on her on behalf!” Krider added.
        Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were probably the first true “team” of campaigners—giving the astute Eleanor a public independence as a politically active woman never seen before. Eleanor was the first candidate’s wife to speak publicly at a party convention.
         Krider is a magna cum laude graduate of Ashland University and also holds degrees from Walsh University and Stark State college.
         *50-state Project honors women writers in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

 




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LET's KEEP DANCING!
PULITZER WINNER SARAH KAUFMAN TALKS ABOUT WRITING CULTURE

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Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Texas- born Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sarah Kaufman, dance critic for The Washington Post, will on Wed March 9, share her 20 years of experience writing about arts, sports and culture.
        She was, in 2010, the first dance critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 35 years
        NBC News and The PBS News Hour have featured her work. She has done onstage interviews with celebrities and newsmakers for the Smithsonian museums, the Goethe Institut, and City Arts & Lectures since she began writing for the WP in 1996.
        While an undergraduate at University of Maryland, work at a ballet school, triggered her first published dance reviews
        “As a young survivor of open-heart surgery, I learned that life is fragile—and rebuildable. Ballet paired well with my recovery and my writing. I learned to perfect small details, get the rhythm right; smoothing and refining and making it all look easy”, Kaufman explained.
        “I apply my sense of grace and movement everywhere in my writing: seeing the (bicycle) Tour de France as art, analyzing politicians’ body language, and examining pop music’s Lady Gaga as a cultural phenomenon” she added.
        Raised near Washington, D.C., Kaufman served as a US Senate page at the age of 15. At that time, pages lived in an attic of the Library of Congress—a space now utilized as an office-reception area by the Poetry Center.
        A year as an exchange student in Cannes, France followed.
        She won a scholarship to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a Masters degree. She began working for newspapers in Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo.
        She is married to a trust and estates attorney with whom she parents three children in Takoma Park, MD.
        Her just-released first book nonfiction “The Art of Grace” explores the many ways grace, or the absence of grace, affects our daily lives.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

 




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AWWNM CELEBRATES A 4th BIRTHDAY!
with
OBIE AWARD WINNING ACTRESS BRENDA CURRIN
PRESENTINg DRAMATIC EXCERPTS FROM her
ONE WOMAN SHOW on EUDORA WELTY’s WORK!

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Obie (Off Broadway) theatrical award winner, actress Brenda Currin will help AWWNM celebrate embarking on a fourth year honoring America’s premier women writers, historical and contemporary.
        Currin will perform the theatrical fantasia portion of “June Recital” (AKA Sister & Miss Lexie) based on a short story by 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty (1909-2001). The Fantasia was adapted by David Kaplan and set to the the adagio and rondo section of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Currin explained.
        Mississippi native Welty is the beloved author of short stories and novels about the American South. In addition to the Pulitzer, Welty was awarded America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Legion of Honor from France. Welty is also a skilled photographer.
        Currin met and interviewed Welty in New York. “We started to talk about Stella Rondo and the characters in her short story “Why I live at the P.O.” (Post Office). We both started to laugh as if they were members of our family, and it just broke the ice,” Curriin remembered.
        Described by a literary peer as “a sure renderer of dialect” Welty so brilliantly captures the absolute tones and cadences of her friends, relatives and strangers with such mastery that readers can almost hear them speaking off the page.
        Currin’s film credits include: In Cold Blood and The World According to Garp. Her stage work includes: Three Penny Opera, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, and many others. She has worked with actresses Estelle Parsons and Olympia Dukakis.
        Currin grew up in North Carolina. She received her BA degree from the University of Kansas, and her MA in anthropology from Hunter College.
        Currin explains her love for Welty’s work by citing the novel “Delta Wedding”. “I loved those ladies from my childhood in Oxford, N.C. playing bridge at 8 a.m., fully dressed with lipstick and nail polish, smoking and drinking Coca Cola,” Currin said.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

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