The Feminine Mystique @ 50: A New School Symposium

March 17, 2013, 10:29 am

Ephemera-I-ChooseBack in February, we had a two day symposium at my new intellectual home, the New School for Public Engagement. Since it is women’s history month, I thought I would make the edited tapes of the event available to the rest of you, with the events featuring Tenured Radical embedded in this post.

Here is a discussion of the documentary “Some American Feminists,” led by my colleague Tracyanne Williams, and shown courtesy of Women Make Movies (Hat tip to another colleague, WMM board member Michelle Materre, for making this possible.) Here is our first panel, “House/Wife: The Feminine Mystique at Home,” moderated by my colleague and co-organizer Laura Auricchio, which situated women in twentieth century kitchens designed for modern family life.

Our keynote speaker was Susan Ware, general editor of American National Biography, with an introduction from yours truly:

The first panel on Saturday morning, also with an introduction by your favorite Radical, was “Beyond the Book: Reverberations of Women’s Liberation:”

A fifth session featured student artists and curators of an exhibit inspired by Friedan’s work; and a stimulating wrap up session brought together many of the themes of the conference.

Have fun!

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