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Wed Apr 6, 2015 noon program.

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

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.

        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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Wed Feb 3, 2015 noon program.

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

     

 

 

2015

 




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Fri Nov 20, 2015 noon program.

POLITICOS WARY OF CONTRARIAN MARY

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

        John Norris, author of the just -released biography Mary McCrory: The First Queen of Journalism, will discuss the role pioneer women journalists developed in the turbulent waters of reporting national politics. His presentation is part of AWWNM’s mission to honor categories of premier American women writers, historical and contemporary.
        McCrory (1910-2004) won a 1974 Pulitzer Prize for her commentary on the Watergate Scandal which involved President Richard Nixon and his political operatives. She was the first female Pulitzer winner in the Commentary category.
        She began her journalism career reporting the infamous 1950s hearings chaired by U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, and continued public opining through the George W. Bush administration.
        Both admired and feared by politicos, who were wary of McCrory’s writing, she was friends with Presidents Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy, and his brother Robert Kennedy, and lived the D.C. party circuit with enthusiasm.
        McCrory, in one of those what –goes- around –comes -around trajectories, became a journalism’s “victim” herself when she was falsely accused in print by a fellow journalist, of predicting a George McGovern presidential victory. McGovern lost in a landslide. Even in a non-Internet age, she could never shake the untruth.
        Ironically, AWWNM’s November 20 noon event will be held in the McLendon Room named after one of McCrory’s female contemporaries: political reporter Sarah McLendon (1910-2003).
        Presenter Norris is Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of Disaster Gypsies, a book detailing his emergency relief work. Norris has a graduate degree in Public Administration, and has written articles for major national publications.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 


Saratoga Trunk

Show Boat!

Giant


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Wed Oct 7, 2015 noon 3 part program.

America’s Distinguished Giant: Edna Ferber

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.

        Julie Gilbert, Grand Niece of American literary giant Edna Ferber (1885-1968), will present a 3-part program, focusing on:

  • The journey Ferber’s novel “So Big” took toward winning the 1925 Pulitzer Prize. “It is a little known and surprising tale”, Gilbert notes.
  • The influence Ferber’s novels and her work in general had on a “youthful America”, contrasted with those changed values today.
  • Ferber’s personal relationships with Gilbert and her family and their impact on the family.

        Although Ferber, born in Kalamazoo Michigan, is most well known for the musical “Show Boat” and the 1952 movie Giant, adapted from her novel, and starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, she also was a talented playwright and journalist. The 1929 film Cimarron, adapted from her work, won a 1931 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1929 Ferber collaborated with producer George S. Kaufman on three successful Broadway plays. Composers Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II turned Ferber’s novel “Show Boat” into flashy Broadway musical.
        In 2002 Ferber was honored with a U.S. postage stamp in the Distinguished Americans series.
        Ferber never married and had no children. She was one of two sisters: daughters of American-born Julia Neumann and Hungarian-born Jacob Ferber, a proprietor of a dry goods store.
        Gilbert’s grandmother Fannie, who was married to Jack Fox, was Ferber’s older sister.
        Janet Fox, Julie Gilbert’s mother, was the daughter of Fannie and Jack, who also had a daughter named Mina Fox Klein. Janet Fox, an actress, was married to Henry Goldsmith, a German émigré who worked for U.S. Army Intelligence and later served as vice president of Greystone Publishing.
        Mina was Julie Gilbert’s Aunt. Edna Ferber was Julie Gilbert’s great Aunt.
        Mina’s two children Peter and Kathy, are Julie Gilbert’s first cousins. Julie, Peter and Kathy are heirs to Ferber’s estate of which Julie is trustee.
        Julie Gilbert, an only child, has no children. She is Ferber’s Grand Niece.
        Gilbert is herself a writer. At age 25, Random House published her first novel “Umbrella Steps”. She followed with a biography of Ferber. She is also a playwright who has taught at New York University, Florida Atlantic University and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
        “My writing career threads back to Great Aunt Edna Ferber, who taught me the art and craft of imagination growing from observation”, Gilbert said.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

During July, August and September, AWWNM takes a recess. Exciting programs will resume Wed Oct 7.

     

 


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TIPS & NOTES FROM A PULITZER WINNER

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.

        Amy Ellis Nutt began as a Sports Illustrated fact checker in 1988. Twenty two years of hard work later, she won a Pultizer Prize for feature writing, and was a Pulitzer nominee in a prior year.
        Nutt, now a health and science writer for the Washington Post, will share her experience in winning American journalism’s highest and most prestigious honor. Her winning Newark Star Leger feature entry chronicled, in a 20 page special supplement, the mysterious 2009 sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey. Her series “The Accidental Artist” won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and was a Pulitizer finalist in 2010.
        “At SI, I eventually rose to the rank of writer-reporter while I received my masters degree in journalism from Columbia University”. Then Nutt spent 16 years at the Ledger, eventually becoming a projects writer. In 2004-2005 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She joined the WaPo in 2014 where she concentrates her focus on the human brain.
        Ms. Nutt is a graduate of Smith College, and has a degree in philosophy from MIT. She is a part time instructor at Columbia Graduate Journalism School.
        She is the author of four nonfiction books, the most recent, with a working title “Becoming Nicole” to be published in June by Random House. It is about a transgender identical twin teenager.
        In 2016 the Pulitzer Prize foundation will launch “Campfires Initiative” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the awards. It is a $1.5 million national project “to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values (campfires) represent”, according to an announcement.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 

Intellectual Property


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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CREATIVE 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.

        So you’ve written an exciting new song or book or you have outlined a plan for a new social media program on the internet.
        How do you ensure that someone isn’t going to steal it? Or, if they do, what is the procedure for making them stop? or compensating you for the misuse of your creative work? .
        Intellectual property attorneys Tara Marie Vold, copyright expert, and James Paul Williamson, patent and trademark expert will share insights and strategies for how to protect your creative work and enforce your legal rights.
        There will be a longer-than-usual Question and Answer time and opportunity accorded after each speaker.
        Williamson worked as a Trademark Examining attorney for the U.s. Patent and Trademark Office, then served as Trademark Petitions and Special Projects Attorney for the U.S. Assistant Commissioner of Trademarks.
        An expert on unfair competition issues, Williamson is involved with international and domestic trademark prosecution and enforcement cases. His clients include computer hardware and software, semiconductor, publications, pharmaceutical and financial services entities.
        He holds a B.A. degree in aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois School of Law.
        Vold represents clients in domain name and copyright disputes, advertising, and consumer protection issues, as well as drafting and negotiating licensing agreements and intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.
        Her expertise also includes registration and enforcement of copyrights, and endorsements and publicity rights.
        She received a B.A. degree cum laude from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

 


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AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES WHO WROTE ABOUT & DABBLED IN THE OCCULT

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.

        America’s First Ladies Nancy Reagan (1981-1989), Mary Todd Lincoln (1861-1865) and Florence Mabel Harding (1921-1923) who wrote about or dabbled in the occult, will be profiled by Patricia Krider, Executive Director of the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio. Krider will provide visuals with her presentation.
        “Occult” is derived from the Latin word occultus meaning secret, hidden or clandestine. It is further defined as knowledge of the paranormal: the study of a deeper spiritual reality extending beyond pure reason and physical sciences. .
        “The lives of the three first ladies from very different time periods, are intertwined with unique circumstances: they all experienced tragic deaths or near deaths of their spouse, drawing them to spiritualism in a variety of ways”, Krider said.
        Mary Todd Lincoln, a product of finishing school and a wealthy Kentucky family, was shattered by the deaths of three sons, and the assassination of her husband Abraham. “Yet the press still vilified her. So she turned to mediums and seances in her desperate attempt to reconnect with her loved ones,” Krider said.
        Nancy Reagan, (1981-1989) made national headlines when it was revealed that she regularly consulted astrologer Joan Quigley and other mediums. She said she relied on astrology only regarding her husband’s scheduling, to protect him after a 1981 assassination attempt.
        Florence Mabel King Harding (1921-1923) whose husband nicknamed her “the Duchess”, had a long interest in the occult. She favored astronoger Madame Marcia Champfey, who forecast that President Warren Harding would die in office, which he did.
        “First Ladies are intrigued by popular trends as any of us are, which sometimes causes controversy”, Krider added.
        Lucinda Frailly, Director of Education, and Michelle Gullion, Archives Director of the First Ladies Library, will accompany Krider.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Utah, Vermont, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

     

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