Compiled By: Nadine Mondestin
From Modern Language Association | Part of the What' s the Word? - A series of half-hour programs to celebrate Women's History Month in March series | 29:45
While men of letters have traditionally achieved the influential position of public intellectual, in the twentieth century a number of important women took on the same role.
While men of letters have traditionally achieved the influential position of public intellectual, in the twentieth century a number of important women took on the same role. What influenced them to speak out in the public sphere? And how did they develop their voices? Susan Fraiman discusses the work of Susan Sontag -- "The public intellectual is someone who engages with the world and speaks to urgent contemporary issues, and Sontag really did that..."; Margaret Simons talks about the work of Simone de Beauvoir --"Simone de Beauvoir is probably best known to American audiences as the author of The Second Sex..."; and Liliane Weissberg explores the writings of Hannah Arendt --"Hannah Arendt is arguably one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century." Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available. If you are interested in this, see our pieces at: http://prx.org/pieces/16877 What's the Word? Elizabeth I and Victoria http://prx.org/pieces/16919 What's the Word? Pride and Prejudice http://prx.org/pieces/16838 What's the Word? Medieval Women http://prx.org/pieces/16840 What's the Word? Women Warriors http://prx.org/pieces/17295 What's the Word? Women Public Intellectuals Photo: courtesy of University of Illinois Press
From Sue Zizza | 58:30
(this 58:30 program is the final version) Lublin, Poland, 1797: While they prepare for Passover, a family of Jewish women klezmer musicians struggles for survival, but when music and love prove not enough, only the unthinkable can save them. Starring Tovah Feldshuh (and hosted by Sound & Spirit's Ellen Kushner).
For information on scheduling Passover programming visit http://www.thewitchesoflublin.com/stations.html
Set in the Passover season, "The Witches of Lublin," is directed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sue Zizza, with script by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom.
Featuring haunting vocals and an original high energy klezmer score by Yale Strom, "The Witches of Lublin," offers a glimpse into the lost Jewish women's lives of Eastern Europe.
With a story as ancient as myth, and as modern as every family that struggles to hold its center in a world of strife and conflicting loyalties, it's the perfect Spring holiday programming.