‘Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940’

Melissa R. Klapper ’95, professor of history and director of women’s and gender studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, will speak at Goucher College on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum.

Her talk is based on her most recent book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940, and will trace the role of Jewish women in birth control, suffrage, and peace movements in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture, and books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, contact Randi Kennedy, assistant to the college librarian, at Randalynn.kennedy@goucher.edu or 410-337-6362.

Klapper earned her bachelor degree from Goucher College and her doctorate in American women’s history from Rutgers University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 and Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925. Her research has been awarded multiple grants and fellowships.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Goucher College Library; the Peace Studies Program; the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; the History Department; and Goucher Hillel.

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