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Athenaeum Fall 2011
Ira Berlin Photo October 12, 2011 

Ira Berlin,
Professor of History, has captured the hearts and souls of many throughout his career, beginning with his first book, Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South (1977). Berlin was awarded the Bancroft Prize for the Best Book in American History by Columbia University and the Best First Book Prize by the National Historical Society. Berlin went on to write other studies of African-American Life, including The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations, 2010. Winner of countless grants and literature awards, Berlin is sure to provide an interesting perspective as we celebrate the inauguration of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC.
Lisa Bruneau Photo October 24, 2011

Lise Bruneau is an accomplished director and actor having performed numerous roles and directed various Shakespearean performances throughout the US and UK. Lise directed Hamlet at the Nebraska Summer Shakespeare Festival and has performed a variety of roles including Emilia in Othello under Michael Kahn’s direction at the Shakespeare Theatre and starred as Emilie du Chatelet under the direction of Molly Smith in Legacy of Light at Arena Stage.
Marcus Kyd Photo October 24, 2011

Marcus Kyd has performed a variety of roles from Cyrano to Lysander, Mortimer to Hamlet and recently performed Bootleg Shakespeare: King John at the Folger Theatre.
Lilly Ledbetter Photo November 2, 2011
Lilly Ledbetter was paid considerably less than her male counterparts when she worked at Goodyear. She filed a lawsuit against them, which eventually reached the Supreme Court. Because the suit was filed outside of the limitations period, Ms. Ledbetter will never receive the money that was denied her. Still, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was named after her in support of other women who may suffer such inequity. Ms. Ledbetter spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. As the third speaker in the Fall Speaker Series, you will not want to miss hearing the activist tell her story of inequality and eventual triumph.

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