A Celebration of Emma Goldman at 150

photo of an older Emma Goldman in round glasses, looking at the camera, with an open book in front of her

Photo of Emma Goldman, held in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, U-M Library

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Date & Time
June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Reference Reading Room (morning) and Library Gallery (afternoon)
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Happy Birthday, Emma! Help us honor Emma Goldman's 150th birthday by joining us for a day of lectures and reflections on Goldman and the anarchist movement. Free and open to the public, but please register for this Emma Goldman symposium.

The U-M Library's Labadie Collection, held in the Special Collections Research Center, includes an impressive collection of Emma Goldman materials, including leaflets, newspaper clippings, her Russian passport, her suitcase, letters between Goldman and her comrades Alexander Berkman, Joseph Labadie, Agnes Inglis, Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh, and more.

Stop by the Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor Hatcher, to view the exhibit, A Revolution Worth Having: Emma Goldman at 150.

Reserve your seat for the special Emma Goldman-themed dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse; proceeds to benefit the Labadie Collection. 

Reference Room, 2nd floor Hatcher Library


Coffee and gather


Welcome remarks
Julie Herrada, curator U-M Library's Labadie Collection


David Porter’s Vision on Fire
Daniel Schniedewind, son of the late David Porter who authored Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution


Emma Goldman’s Women
Kathy Ferguson, professor of political science and women's studies, University of Hawai'i


Emma Goldman and Mother Earth
Rachel Hui-Chi Hsu, visiting scholar, Johns Hopkins University


The Commune in the Memoir: Recipes for Anarchist Life in Revolutionary Autobiographies
Ania Aizman, assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, U-M


Praxis Poetry: Emma Goldman and Literature Across English and Yiddish
Anna Elena Torres, assistant professor of comparative literature, University of Chicago


Lunch break (on your own)

Gallery, 1st floor Hatcher Library


Going Into Business with Emma Goldman
Ari Weinzweig, CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses


Cellmates and Shipmates: Emma Goldman and the Deportees of the USAT Buford
Kenyon Zimmer, associate professor of history, University of Texas at Arlington


Coffee break, with birthday cake


Productive, Loose, and Dead Ends: Pursuing Primary Sources for Backgrounding Performance of Emma Goldman On Stage
Helene Williams, opera singer, actress, and vocal teacher; Leonard Lehrman, composer and director of The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus


Discussion, Q&A

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Library Contact
Julie A Herrada jherrada@umich.edu
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