Next week I will be in Chicago for a symposium sponsored by “Know Your Chicago” focused on the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald. It will be on Wednesday, September 4 at Ida Noyes Hall on the campus of the University of Chicago starting at 9:30 in the morning. I really look forward to sharing the stage there with Peter Ascoli, author of the definitive biography of Rosenwald (and my husband’s cousin).
On September 24 and 25 I and other members of the team working for the creation of a National Historic site honoring Rosenwald and the schools will be in New Orleans. Tuesday the 24th there will be an evening event at Dillard University, open to the public, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. The following day we are invited to a luncheon at Longue Vue, the wonderful home of Edith Rosenwald Stern and her husband Edgar, that she left to the city.
An then in early October I will be in Charleston, South Carolina for the annual conference of ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The theme of this year’s conference is “Migrations.” I and other representatives of National Park Service sites will talk about how these sites tell the multiple stories of African Americans and their journeys within America. I will focus in particular on how recipients of Rosenwald Fund grants reflected the journeys and experiences of the Great Migration.
Tuesday, October 22 I will give a talk about Julius Rosenwald and the schools at Lesiure World in suburban Maryland. And November 14, in the evening, I will be part of a presentation in Potomac, Maryland about the proposed National Historic site.
I like sharing this story with middle and high school classes as well as with Rosenwald school alumni. Please let me know if you would like me to come and speak to your class , book group or alumni reunion. If you want to be in touch with me about a school visit, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosenwald, a documentary film by Aviva Kempner (in which I appear), has been showing around the country in movie theaters and at film festivals
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