Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (Lunch)
TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served; 1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
Pioneering lawyer, Congresswoman, advocate for Soviet Jewry, gay rights, civil and women’s rights and opponent of nuclear escalation, Bella Savitsky Abzug is still remembered today for her outsized personality and her activist career that stretched from the late 1940s to her death in the 1990s. But she is much more than a sum of her famous causes; as a strongly identified Jewish woman who worked alongside radicals and yet served as a member of Congress, Abzug balanced her outsider status with her passion for the American political tradition.
Dr. Lauren B. Strauss is Scholar in Residence at American University, where she teaches courses on modern Jewish history and literature. She has also taught at GWU and the University of Maryland. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Strauss was Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies.
She co-edited the book Mediating Modernity: Challenges and Trends in the Jewish Encounter with the Modern World and has published many academic articles. She is currently curating a museum exhibition on the history of the State of Israel, and finishing her book, Painting the Town Red: Jewish Visual Artists, Yiddish Culture, and Radical Politics in Interwar New York.
To celebrate Bella in true fashion, please wear your favorite hat for this occasion.
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only.