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JACBA ’13

“Also in attendance at the ceremony were 14 students from the Walt Whitman Middle School in Brooklyn. Their school librarian, Alla Umanskaya, uses the award to teach her students about Jane Addams and the topics covered by award-winning books including peace, social justice, and constructive problem solving. The students were happy to meet the winning […]

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Chicago Pearl

Huge thanks to filmmaker Pearl Gluck for coming to Chicago to for two International SWAN Day screenings of Divan! Pearl Gluck (left) with Joan Pomaranc: Wednesday Night (3/13/13) at the Berghoff Restaurant following the 6 PM screening at the Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop). Photo taken by Jan Lisa Huttner. Pearl at Max & Benny’s Deli: […]

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Spark & Hustle 2012

Are YOU a Smart Movie Consumer??? Yesterday Monica Smith (FF2’s Social Media Manager) & I headed to Oak Brook for Tory Johnson’s 2012 Spark & Hustle. We had a great time, met many interesting people, &  yes, of course, we even sold & signed copies of Penny’s Picks! Thanks to FF2 Publicist Jeff Marden for […]

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PRLF 2012 Wrap-Up

Another year at the Printers Row Lit Fest! This was my 9th year at the PRLF, & this year, for the first time, I finally had a book of my own to sell 🙂 First & foremost, my thanks to Art & Susan Brauer who served as coordinators of the IWPA Tent this year. Thanks […]

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6/9/12: Sat PM Pix

Many thanks to Julia Kulovitz & her friend Lindy Groark for helping staff FF2 Media’s table under the IWPA canopy at this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest! Click HERE to “Look Inside” Anita Hill’s Book Reimagining Equality on Amazon. Click HERE to “Look Inside” my book Penny’s Picks on Amazon. Click here for handout about Jane Addams Day prepared […]

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6/10/12: Sunday Pix

Many thanks to Alma Garcia, her sister Carla & her friend Vanessa for helping staff FF2 Media’s table under the IWPA canopy at this year’s Printers Row Lit Fest! Click HERE to “Look Inside” Anita Hill’s Book Reimagining Equality on Amazon. Click HERE to “Look Inside” my book Penny’s Picks on Amazon. Click here for handout about […]

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Printer Row Lit Fest (2012)

Change of Plan: IWPA tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest is further south on Dearborn… closer to Hackney’s Restaurant… almost at Polk Street corner!!! One must always be flexible 🙂   It’s time once again for the Printers Row Lit Fest. Sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, PRLF is the Midwest’s largest book fair, with […]

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PRLF: Penny’s Picks

I will be at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend (Sat 6/9 & Sun 6/10) signing copies of my new book Penny’s Picks: 50 Movies by Women Filmmakers (2002-2011). You can find me under the IWPA Tent. (Click HERE for map.) This year the IWPA Tent will be at location “D” just south of […]

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PRLF: Reimagining Equality

Copies of Anita Hill’s new book Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home will be available for sale this weekend (Sat 6/9 & Sun 6/10) under the IWPA Tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest (the Midwest’s largest book fair). These are special “commemorative editions” from Professor Hill’s visit to Chicago last December to […]

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Naperville eVite

Just received from the coordinators of AAUW Naperville’s annual meeting 🙂 Spring Awards Brunch Program Date: Saturday, May 5 Time: 9:30 AM–Noon Location: White Eagle Golf Club; 1400 Club Drive; Naperville, IL Topic: Ten Years in the Pond –> What is the Celluloid Ceiling and Why should YOU care? RSVP: http://www.aauw-il.org/naperville/events.htm PS: Copies of my new book […]

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Local SWAN Day 2012 Celebrations

After a month of exciting events including WITASWAN films at Gene Siskel Film Center, Harold Washington Library Center, Skokie Public Library, & the Showplace Icon, and the second annual SWAN Day at the Goodman (attending The Convert followed by dinner at Petterinos with Regina Taylor), plus my annual “If I Ruled the World” presentation at Harold […]

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Worldwide SWAN Day 2012 Celebrations

eBlast from Martha Richards: Happy SWAN Day 2012! Thanks so much to all of you who are participating in the Fifth International SWAN Day. Whether you are organizing an event, attending an event, spreading the word, or giving a gift to your favorite woman artist, you are part of a growing world-wide movement. (See this year’s […]

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3/31: Meet-Up at the Icon!

I’ve just come back from a screening of Mirror Mirror staring Lilly Collins as “Snow White” and Julia Roberts as her evil stepmother. When I got the press kit, I could hardly believe my eyes: a film opening on the eve of the 5th annual International SWAN Day based on a story crafted by a […]

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SWAN Day Cinema (2012)

Of course I know it’s just a coincidence, but suddenly, in the last week of March 2012, there are multiple SWAN Day films in theatres for audiences everywhere to see. First up is The Hunger Games, a worldwide phenomenon that opened last week with one of the highest box office revenues every amassed on first release. Judging from […]

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Israeli Swans 2012

Celebrate International SWAN Day with 2 of Israel’s Greatest Singers 🙂 Who: Yasmin Levy in Ladino: 500 Years Young When: Weds March 28 @ 6 PM Where: Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop) Who: Chava Alberstein in Who I Am Now When: Thurs March 29 @ 12:15 PM Where: Skokie Public Library Cost: Both Programs […]

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LADINO: 500 YEARS YOUNG

Ladino: 500 Years Young is a 52 minute documentary directed by Rina Papish. On a singing tour in Spain, Ladino singer Yasmin Levy connects with her identity as a Jew whose ancestors were expelled from Spain 500 years earlier. The film follows Levy’s rise from the moment she discovers she can sing. As she gets to know herself as […]

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WHO I AM NOW

Who I Am Now is a 54 minute documentary directed by Sivan Arbel. The film follows beloved singer Chava Alberstein as she prepares for her first Israeli concert after years of international touring and headlining events all around the world. Often thought of as the voice of Israel itself, Alberstein has been performing and writing […]

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RETRACE (VISSZATERES)

After her father’s funeral in Sweden, a Holocaust survivor named “Katherine” (Kathleen Gati) travels to her hometown in Transylvania search of answers to long-buried mysteries. Crosscut with Katherine’s story is the story of “Sandor” (András Demeter), the man who helped save Katherine, but stayed in the village after she left. In Katherine’s arc, the companions on her […]

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Marie at KAMII

Sholem Aleichem’s Women: A Women’s History Month Tribute to Marie Waife-Goldberg From Intro: “I have 5 daughters,” brays Tevye in the opening moments of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof. “I have 5 daughters!” Close your eyes and I’ll bet you can summon Zero Mostel’s voice—Zero Mostel’s voice as we can all still hear […]

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Jane in Deerfield

Message from Judy Epstein (3/19/12): “Thank you for a wonderful evening. The program made us proud to be part of AAUW and advocates of the values of Jane Addams.” From Intro: Who am I? I am a Life Member of AAUW and a member of AAUW’s Legacy Circle. I joined AAUW Chicago in 1983 (eek!), […]

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PENNY’S PICKS Kick-Off

Huge thanks to everyone who came to Chicago’s famous Women & Children First bookstore in Andersonville on March 7th for my Penny’s Picks Kick-Off Event! The cake from Sensational Bites was scrumptious! And the folks @ the Pacific Garden Mission were very happy to receive their half once we were done 😉 If you are a […]

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Chgo WHM Calendar

Click here to download as a pdf –> March2012EventsWHM

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WHM: PICKLES

Pickles (Chamutzin) follows 8 Arab widows living in a town in northern Israel who obtain a micro-loan to start a pickle factory. With no formal training & almost no community support, the women struggle as entrepreneurs, as mothers & as friends. Shout-Out to Metro Chicago: Meet Israeli filmmaker Dalit Kimor IN PERSON & see her […]

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WCF Kick-Off

Wednesday March 7, 2012: Come to Women & Children First @ 7:30 PM Come to WCF to debate the “Blue Oscar” conundrum! Describe your own emotions when you watched this year’s Oscar Ceremony after having read this in the Chicago Tribune: “Oscar voters overwhelmingly white, male.” Hear Jan read from Penny’s Picks, laugh thru your […]

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Goodman SWANs 2012

3/28/12 Update –> Early feedback from some of our 3/24 participants: “The Convert was one of the best plays of this season. The subject was riveting, the players were excellent. The reception was great. Regina Taylor is a great playwright and an excellent speaker. I am truly looking forward to seeing Crowns. Thanks for a […]

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Lacy Feasts: Suzanne Lacy at the Smart Gallery (University of Chicago)

Way back on July 22, 2006 (a hot Saturday in Bloomington, IL), I was handed a press release from then Lieutenant Governor (& now Governor) Pat Quinn explaining that beginning in 2007, Illinois would celebrate “Jane Addams Day” every year on December 10. In response, I began planning festivities for that date (12/10/07) with my fellow AAUW-Illinois Board […]

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12/10: Anita Hill!

 On December 10, 2011, Celebrate Illinois’ 5th Annual Jane Addams Day with Special Guest Professor Anita Hill!   Date: Saturday, 12/10/11 Time: 10 AM–Noon Location: The Chicago Temple @ 77 West Washington This program is FREE & open to the Public! Program planned in collaboration with AAUW-IL, Inc (the Illinois Division of the American Association […]

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AAUW-IL Wecomes Ibtisam

AAUW-Illinois members welcome Palestinian filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana, who drove all the way out to Oregon, IL (just south of Rockford) to screen her film Paradise Lost at Fall Conference. A lively Q&A after the screening ranged from the intensely personal to the provocatively political, with all 46 particpants eagerly engaged until moderator Erika Nicketakis finally called it a […]

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Saturday in the Park with Jane

To: Julia Bachrach Department of Planning & Development Chicago Park District Dear Julia, Thank you again for inviting me to the ReDedication Ceremony for the “Helping Hands” sculptures created in my honor by Louise Bourgeois. I think CPD has done a lovely job of adorning the space next to Clark House to maximize the significance of Ms. […]

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Rededicating Bourgeois Sculptures!!!

In 11/07, as I was in the final stages of prep for the very first Jane Addams Day in Illinois, Mary Jane Jacob told me about the Louise Bourgeois sculptures buried in storage & unseen by anyone in years. And I wrote: “So here’s one definite goal for the next Jane Addams Day in 2008: […]

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