Virtual presentation featuring Professor Pamela Nadell, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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February 9, 2021
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, History Education, Human Rights, Jewish History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies

The University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is pleased to sponsor a virtual presentation with Professor Pamela Nadell.  Professor Nadell will discuss The Triangle Shirtwait Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice. 

Nadell's scholarship focuses on American Jewish history, especially the history of American Jewish women. Nadell discusses the fire and its aftermath in her award-winning recent book, America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, recipient of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award “Jewish Book of the Year.”


While the book traces the evolution of the American Jewish woman’s experiences and activism over four centuries, Nadell will discuss East European immigrant women in New York City in the first decade of the twentieth century.  Sewing until their aching fingers bled and starving on the pennies paid for each cuff stitched, shirtwaist makers brazenly struck in 1909.  But the concessions they won then did not include fire alarms and sprinklers.  Less than two years later, 146 workers perished in a horrific industrial fire. 


Professor Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University where she directs the Jewish Studies Program and received the university’s highest award, Scholar/Teacher of the Year.  A past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and the recipient of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Lee Max Friedman Award for distinguished service, her consulting work for museums includes the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Library of Congress.




The presentation is free and open to the public but registration is required. 

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