BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

February 1, 2006

YOU GO GIRLS!
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

The following programs are free and open to the public.

AUTHOR TALKS
Unless otherwise stated, all Author Talks will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY SERIES:
DR. ELIZABETH LLOYD: THE CASE OF THE FEMALE ORGASM
Sunday, March 12, 2 PM
Why women evolved to have orgasms when most of their primate relatives don't is a persistent mystery among evolutionary biologists. Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd, an Indiana University professor of biology, will examine evolutionary accounts of the trait of human female orgasm.

DR. SHULY RUBIN SCHWARTZ: THE RABBI'S WIFE
Sunday, March 12, 4 PM
Dr. Schwartz, who lectures widely on the Jewish women's studies, discusses the ways in which rebbetzins — wives of rabbis — have succeeded in building crucial leadership roles for themselves and becoming an important force in shaping Jewish life in America.

BERNICE MCFADDEN: NOWHERE IS A PLACE
Wednesday, March 15, 6:15 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Ave. at Barbey St. 718.649.0311
Join Bernice McFadden as she reads from her touching new novel about a young woman uncovering a surprising family history filled with dark secrets and life-affirming wisdom.

CRISTINA PAGE: HOW THE PRO CHOICE MOVEMENT SAVED AMERICA
Saturday, March 18, 2 PM
Women and men, churchgoers and nonbelievers… few Americans would live without the basic freedoms gained by birth control advocates and pro choice activists, according to Cristina Page, a writer and activist whose policy proposals have been accepted by state and local government. Join Page as she reads from and discusses her thought-provoking book How the Pro Choice Movement Saved America.

MARTHA SOUTHGATE: THIRD GIRL FROM THE LEFT
Sunday, March 19, 4 PM
In her novel, Martha Southgate explores how one generation's liberation can become another's burden. Set in 1970s Tulsa, Oklahoma, the story follows three generations of black women, struggling against all odds to express what lies deepest in their hearts.

THEATRE
ANITA BUSH: THE MOTHER OF NEGRO DRAMA
Monday, March 6, 5 PM
Coney Island Literacy Center, 1901 Mermaid Avenue at 19th St., 718.265.3880
Set in Harlem in the midst of the 1960s riots, this dynamic, solo performance celebrates the life of Anita Bush, the acclaimed, turn-of-the-century, African American actress, whose groundbreaking contributions earned her the name “The Mother of Negro Drama.” Presented by Urban Stages.

COMFORT WOMEN: A ONE PERSON PLAY
Monday March 27, 6 PM
Bedford Learning Center, 496 Franklin Ave., 718.623.2134
Tuesday, March 28, 2 PM
Coney Island Learning Center, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.), 718.265.3220
Sunday, March 26, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Between 1937 and 1945, the Japanese Imperial Forces abducted about 200,000 women from Asian countries to serve as sex slaves, known euphemistically as “Comfort Women.” Written by the Korean-born playwright Chu ngmi Kim, this powerful play depicts the collision of past and present when in 1994 a Korean American college student meets two former “Comfort Women” and hears their moving stories. Presented by Urban Stages.

FREE FILMS AT BPL
Unless otherwise noted, all of BPL’s screenings will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

BPL’S FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN OF THE WORLD FILM SERIES
In honor of Women’s History Month, Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a film series that examines women’s lives across the globe, with films by some of the most creative and influential international filmmakers at work today.
MOOLAADE
Thursday, March 2, 7 PM
Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembene focuses on the human cost of the traditional practice of salinde, or female circumcision, in this moving portrait of a West African society in transition. In Bambara with English subtitles.
THE CIRCLE
Thursday, March 9, 7 PM
A daring film for an Iranian director, Jafar Panahi offers an astonishing yet grim portrait of the oppression of women in fundamentalist Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles.
TOKYO STORY
Thursday, March 16, 7 PM
Considered director Yasujiro Ozu’s most famous work, this profound drama about modern Japanese culture tells the story of an elderly couple in rural Japan who visit their married children in Tokyo and receive a cold welcome. In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS
Thursday, March 30, 7 PM
This unflinching drama set in Ireland during the 1960s charts several years in the young lives of four women who were rejected by their families for committing “moral crimes,” such as becoming pregnant or acting flirtatious. With their fathers’ consent, these “sinners” were forced into slave labor in asylums operated by the Catholic Church.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: LEADING LADIES
This March, Brooklyn Public Library celebrates Hollywood’s heroines in unforgettable cinema masterpieces. Please note that as Central Library’s public entrance closes at 6 PM on Fridays, library users are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the screening to be admitted into the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.
GLORIA SWANSON IN SUNSET BOULEVARD (110 minutes)
Friday, March 3, 6 PM
This classic drama starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim reveals a love affair between a reclusive former silent movie queen and a younger writer. Billy Wilder directed this fascinating tale, filled with crackerjack dialogue, seediness and a “film noir” feel.
JOAN CRAWFORD IN MILDRED PIERCE (111 minutes)
Friday, March 10, 6 PM
Directed by Michael Curtiz, this timeless tearjerker stars Joan Crawford in her Oscar-winning role as Mildred Pierce, a waitress-turned-business woman. As Mildred struggles to provide a good life for her children, she discovers that her spoiled daughter is having an affair with an older man – Mildred’s husband!
BETTE DAVIS IN ALL ABOUT EVE (138 minutes)
Friday, March 17, 6 PM
In this sardonic look at show business glamour and the empty lives behind it, Bette Davis is veteran actress Margo Channing, while Anne Baxter plays Eve, her understudy desperate for stardom.
CLAUDETTE COLBERT IN IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (105 minutes)
Friday, March 24, 6 PM
This classic screwball comedy stars Clark Gable as a news-hungry reporter chasing runaway rich girl Claudette Colbert from Miami to New York, falling in love in between their hilarious bickering.
AUDREY HEPBURN IN ROMAN HOLIDAY (118 minutes)
Friday, March 31, 6 PM
Directed by William Wyler, this captivating romance shot entirely on location in Rome, stars Audrey Hepburn as a beautiful princess traveling incognito. A hard-bitten American reporter, played by Gregory Peck, plans to get a story out of her, but winds up falling in love with her.

SEMINARS

LATINA WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Saturday, March 11, 2006, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing Programming Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100; To register, please call 718.230.2417.
During this seminar, geared to Spanish-speaking women who aim to build their own businesses, corporate trainer Graciela Bareiro and small business owner Nader Serafy will share information on writing effective marketing and business plans. Translations of written business proposals into English will also be provided. In English and Spanish

LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

MOTHERHOOD IN BONDAGE/ MOTHERHOOD IN FREEDOM:
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Saturday, March 4, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Learn about the historic struggle for women’s reproductive rights with Gloria Feldt, past president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Feldt, an author, activist, commentator and former teen mom, will also address current challenges to Roe v. Wade.

CARIBBEAN DIALOGUE: TELLING MY SISTER’S STORY:
EXAMINING THE UNDERBELLY OF THE CARIBBEAN WOMAN’S REALITY
Thursday, March 30, 7-9 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Join WBAI FM 99.5 radio talk show host Ian Forrest, Professor Joyce Toney of Hunter College, and members of Brooklyn’s diverse Caribbean Community to discuss the realities of Caribbean-born women who relocate to the United States.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH POETRY WORKSHOP
Ages: 12-18
Thursday, March 2, 4 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards St., 718.935.0244
During this poetry workshop, poet and Harlem native Nikki Williams pays literary tribute to the accomplishments of leading African-American women.

EXHIBITIONS

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE
Through March 26, 2006
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Created and organized by Artmakers Inc., Community Muralists, this mixed media exhibition features books and photographs that document the creation of the public art mural, “When Women Pursue Justice.” Located in Bedford Stuyvesant, this mural highlights 90 women who have committed their lives to social change. A select group of books about some of the women represented in the mural will complement the photographs.

Directions to Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Central Library is located at Grand Army Plaza, between Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
Phone: 718.230.2100

By Subway: 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station; Q Train to 7th Avenue Station (Ftbush Avenue); B-41 or B-71 Bus along Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

By Car: From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza; From BQE: Take BQE to Tillary St. exit, left on Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza


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