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Women's History Month

Women in Islam

March 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Islam is a diverse and growing global religion that touches the lives, cultures, societies, and histories of billions of people.  Popular media often presents Islam through the lens of five second sound bites and cookie cutter images. These stereotypes overlook the dynamic pluralism that shapes Muslim communities.

In the age of globalization Islam is also transitioning like other religions, as it encounters new economic, social, and political realities. This presentation will focus on the diversity of Muslim Communities in the world.

Presented by Subheen Razzaqui, history teacher at Newton North High School and speaker on Islam and the Middle East for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

Curveball: The remarkable story of Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro LeagueCurveball with author Martha Ackmann

March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Author Martha Ackmann will speak about her book, Curveball, which recounts the life of the remarkable Toni Stone, baseball's "female Jackie Robinson."

Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. Her story is not only about baseball, but also about how far passion, pride, and determination can take one person in pursuit of a dream.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

Margaret Bourke-White
Photo credit: Bob Friedenson

Margaret Bourke-White

March 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm
postponed to April 11 at 7:00 pm

SALLY MATSON performs as Margaret Bourke-White the ground-breaking photographer of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s who captured the beauty of industry at the Corning Glass Works, Chrysler, and Republic Steel.  She made powerful machines look like art during the 1920s mindset of industrial expansion. During the Depression, she concentrated on the people behind the machines.

Hear about Bourke-White's adventures climbing on skyscrapers, leaning out of airplanes, and going into war zones. She photographed  Stalin, Churchill, Patton, and Gandhi. She had an indomitable spirit and a craving for attention.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Program offered in collaboration with the Andover Historical Society and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California
Photo credit: Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, neg. 1936, print c. 1950, 11 x 14 in., gelatin silver print, museum purchase, 2005.8, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA.

Women in Photography

March 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
April 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

This event will take place at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

From Margaret Bourke White to Sally Mann to Cindy Sherman, women have not only had a strong footing in the artistic history of photography but have often been the pioneers in their field! Meet at the Addison Gallery of American Art to see examples of these female photographers and to discuss their work and places in art history. This will be a participatory discussion.

Space is limited. Please register online or by calling 978-623-8401, x31.

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