Women Who Conquered the World with Their Wit

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, September 18 – November 20

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Dagmar Herrmann

From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their emergence in California in the 1930s, women’s salons served as welcoming havens where all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. We will explore the history of some of these salons—with a special emphasis on Americans in Paris during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—where remarkable women of intellect resolved that neither gender nor religion would impede their ability to bring about social change.

Dagmar Herrmann is an award-winning translator, teacher of Hebrew and Judaica, and independent scholar.

Materials List
Required:
Fitch, Noel Riley. Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties. W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. ISBN: 0393302318
Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice Toklas. 3rd ed. Vintage, 1990. ISBN: 067972463X
Waal, Edmund de. The Hare With Amber Eyes. Picador, 2011. ISBN: 0312569378

Recommended:
* Arendt, Hannah. Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman. Harvest Books, 1974. ISBN: 0156761009
Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986. ISBN: 0292790406

*Please note that the bookstore is unable to stock this text, but it is widely available for purchase through online retailers.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $240.
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