“Women and the Spirit of the New Deal” Conference Friday and Saturday, Oct 5-6, 2018


Women played prominent roles during the New Deal, yet their lasting contributions to the social welfare of the nation go largely unsung. ”Women and the Spirit of the New Deal” will bring together authors, scholars, historians, activists, and those in public life to fill in a significant gap in our understanding and appreciation of the women who led the New Deal and provide an inspiring model for today. Donate and register here. Find more program details here.

Women and the Spirit of the New Deal
University of California, Berkeley
October 5-6, 2018

Friday, October 5—Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, Room 315
8:30 – 9 am Registration and Refreshments, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, Room 315
9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome
Dr. Richard Walker, Director, The Living New Deal and Susan Ives, Conference Coordinator
9:45 – 10:15 am “In the Spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. John Roosevelt Boettiger, Author, Professor emeritus,
Grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
10:30 – 11 am “Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way,” Robin Gerber, Author
11:30 – 12 pm Frances Perkins, the Woman Behind the New Deal,” Kirstin Downey, Author
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:15 – 3:45 pm





Panel: “Women of the New Deal”  Moderator: Elizabeth Partridge, Author, “Dorothea Lange, Grab a Hunk of Lightning”

Susan Quinn, Author, “Furious Improvisation, How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times”

Dr. Brigid O’Farrell, Author “She Was One of Us, Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker”

Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, Professor, Cal State University; visual artist

Friday Evening Reception and Talk, Women’s Faculty Club
5:30 – 6:30 pm Private reception with Dr. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Professor of Public Policy UC Berkeley, Frances Perkins Center Awardee for 2018
6:30 – 8 pm Presentation of the Frances Perkins Center Intelligence and Courage Award, Remarks by Dr. Robert Reich
Saturday, October 6, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, Room 315
8:30 – 9 am Registration and Refreshments
9:00 – 9:30 am “Toward a New New Deal…and the Women Shall Lead”
Dr. Eileen Boris, Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara, author of numerous books and articles on women’s history
9:45 – 11:15 am Panel: “Women and the Spirit of the New Deal Today”Moderator: Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, Berkeley, author “Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution”

Susannah Delano
Executive Director, Close the Gap

Dr. Angela Marino
Associate Professor, Theater, Dance & Performance, Latin/o American Studies, UC Berkeley, author, “Populism and Performance”

Hon. Gayle McLaughlin
Former Mayor of Richmond; California Progressive Alliance

Dyanna Taylor—Producer, PBS Documentary “Dorothea Lange, Grab a Hunk of Lightning”

Angie Wei
Chief of Staff, California Labor Federation

12 noon Buses depart from Berkeley Faculty Club to Tilden Park
1-3:30 pm Lunch
“Berkeley and the New Deal”
Harvey Smith, President of the National New Deal Preservation Association, Project Advisor, The Living New Deal, author of Berkeley and the New DealGuided Walk “CCC Legacy in the East Bay Parks”
Ranger Dave Zuckerman and Parks Archivist Brenda Montano

3:45 pm Bus to Berkeley Rose Garden
4:00 – 4:15 pm “History of the Berkeley Rose Garden”
Gray Brechin, Founder and Project Scholar, The Living New Deal,
author of Imperial San Francisco
4:45 – 5:45 pm Presentation, Kathryn Flynn Preservation Awards
National New Deal Preservation Association
5:45 – 6:30 pm Reception and closing remarks

Sunday, October 7
10am – noon New Deal Walking Tour of Berkeley with Harvey Smith, President, National New Deal Preservation Association
Date: Fri. Oct 5th, 2018 - Sat. Oct 6th, 2018
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oct-5-6-2018-women-and-the-spirit-of-the-new-deal-tickets-46580575756

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