Activism through the Written Word

March 17, 2020
Activism Through the Written Word
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Activism through the Written Word

In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus”, a poem that has shaped a national narrative of the Statue of Liberty as a “mother of exiles” and welcoming newcomers from around the world. In 1940, Emanuel Ringelblum and his colleagues secretly assembled an archive documenting both Nazi crimes and residents’ brave efforts to maintain life in the face of death. Like Emma Lazarus, they recognized the power of writing as activism and the power of art to preserve a narrative for future generations. Their story is told in the new educator version of the film, Who Will Write Our History, by Roberta Grossman. 

Participants will explore: 

  • How did Emma Lazarus' poem, The New Colossus, influence the world’s perspective on the Statue of Liberty?

  • How telling one's story can be an act of empowerment and participation? 

 Participants will receive:

  • Online secondary and primary sources from the American Jewish Historical Society archives and Reimagining Migration

  • Facing History lessons on the Who Will Write Our History film  

Workshop suggested for English Literature, History, Jewish History, and Humanities educators

A light Kosher dinner will be served.

Solomon Schechter Day School Marcus Building
125 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
United States
March 17, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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