Pittsburgh Collective: Alchemy

December 11, 2013
The Pittsburgh Collective, directed by David Sanford, performs Alchemy

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloist: Ted Levine, alto saxophone

Alchemy draws heavily on Dizzy Gillespie's bebop big band works, such as “Things to Come.” The motivic sequencing in the third chorus—somewhat resembling 18th- and 19th-century Viennese development sections—actually was inspired by a similarly monothematic piano solo by Kenny Drew Jr. with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995.

Founded and directed by David W. Sanford, the Pittsburgh Collective is a contemporary big band that explores the varying intersections between modern classical and jazz, otherwise known as the “third stream.”

Pittsburgh Collective: Scherzo Grosso

December 11, 2013
The Pittsburgh Collective, directed by David Sanford, performs Scherzo Grosso

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloists: Matt Haimovitz, cello; John Carlson, trumpet; Dave Phillips, bass; Brad Hubbard, baritone saxophone

Scherzo Grosso is a concerto in four movements for cello and big band. While a simple reading of the concerto's pairing might suggest that the cello represents the more “sacred” and the big band the “profane,” in actuality each explores aspects of both idioms and the ground in between.

Why History Matters

December 5, 2013

To mark the Schlesinger Library’s 70th anniversary, historians Joyce Antler, Nancy F. CottThavolia Glymph, Linda Gordon, Linda K. Kerber, and Alice Kessler-Harris reflect on five decades of change in US women’s history during the career of the historian Gerda Lerner (1920–2013), who was a singular force in developing the field.

Why History Matters: A Panel Discussion

December 5, 2013
A panel of historians answer questions about US women's history and Gerda Lerner.

Historians Joyce Antler, Nancy F. Cott, Thavolia Glymph, Linda Gordon, Linda K. Kerber, and Alice Kessler-Harris take questions from the audience and each other during a panel discussion about US women’s history and Gerda Lerner (1920–2013), who was a singular force in developing the field.

Julie Orringer | Lies That Tell the Truth

December 3, 2013
Radcliffe Fellow and author Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge (Knopf, 2010) and How to Breathe Underwater (Knopf, 2003), discusses why we're compelled to be faithful to the past even as we transform it, and how those transformations can bring to light stories that might otherwise not be told.

Dava J. Newman | Smart Suits to Enable Astronaut Exploration of Mars

November 21, 2013
Dava J. Newman showing a space helmet she developed for Mars.

Scan-Model-Innovate-Make-Explore! This talk by Dava J. Newman presents advanced spacesuit concepts for human exploration of Mars as well as how these smart technologies can be used here on earth to enable enhanced locomotion.

Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women

November 20, 2013
Founders of the National Organization for Women

Frustrated with the slow rate of change in laws and cultural expectations for women, a group of men and women founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966. Betty Friedan was president of NOW from 1966 to 1970. Accomplishments during her tenure include achieving an end to sex-segregated job advertisements and advocating for affordable child care.

Gerda Lerner's Letter to Betty Friedan

November 20, 2013

Betty Friedan received thousands of letters in response to her book, The Feminine Mystique. Gerda Lerner was at the beginning of her career as a historian when she wrote a letter to Betty Friedan critiquing the her assumption of universality of experience based on gender. Lerner's early articulation of the importance of race and class to gender realities shows how pioneering she was.

Betty Friedan and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

November 20, 2013

In 1961 John F. Kennedy established a presidential commission to examine and report on the status of American women. The President's Commission on the Status of Women invited Betty Friedan to be part of their Mass Media Consultation in 1963. Friedan's copy of the commission's report is heavily annotated with asterisks next to recommendations she favored and ideas for future stories.

Fifty Years after The Feminine Mystique

November 19, 2013
Stephanie Coontz and Ariela Dubler soeak at Fifty Years after the Feminine Mystique

Two notable scholars, Stephanie Coontz and Ariela Dubler, look back at Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and consider whether movement toward equality has persisted or stalled since the book was published in 1963.