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Jewish Studies 2012-2013 Lecture Series

First Lecture: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice

Presenter: Dr. Pamela NadellPamela Nadell
Patrick Clendenen Chair, Women’s and Gender History, American University

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center Ballroom
Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit


On March 25, 1911, 146 workers – most of them Jews and the vast majority girls and young women – perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the deadliest industrial fire in New York history. In the fire’s aftermath, a coalition of Progressive uptown women and men, working-class activists, and politicians crossed class, party, and religious lines to change the way American corporations do business. During a political season in which serious questions are being asked about women’s rights, ethnic assimilation, the role of trade unions, and the function of social activism, the College of Arts and Sciences Jewish Studies Program welcomes Dr. Pamela Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University.

This presentation is made possible by the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program. Co-sponsored by The Beth Israel Social Action Committee, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and Philosophy, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and the Department of English.


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