Thursday, October 29, 2015

Destry Rides Again, at the original site of the Egyptian Theater in Brighton Center!

The Brighton-Allston Historical Society (BAHS), a UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Affiliate, invites you to a special screening of Destry Rides Again:

Join to view this classic film with an original take on society's stereotypical gender roles! Enjoy the setting steeped in the cultural atmosphere of the then famous Egyptian Theater built in 1929 in Brighton Center (now site of the Elks Lodge, at 326 Washington Street).

The Egyptian: courtesy BAHS Archives


Photo album by BAHS Board Director Brenda Gael McSweeney of the packed-to-capacity event: hearty Congratulations to the organizers, and profuse Thanks to the enthusiastic audience! View photographs here:

Friday, October 16, 2015

UNESCO's Dr. Sonia Bahri moving on!

Sonia Bahri as the then Chief of Section for International Cooperation in Higher Education – UNESCO/Paris came to visit us back in 2007 at Boston University to announce the official creation of our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture, & Development! After collaborating with us for many years as our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network expanded thematically and geographically, she became Chief of UNESCO's Section for Science Policy and Partnerships. Sonia is once again on the move: she will be an advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation and education policies, and will help University Paris-Dauphine launch its Master2 in Peace Studies. 

Congratulations Sonia! 

(Left to right, July 2007): Dr. Sonia Bahri; Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney, initiator of this UNESCO/UNITWIN Network; Dr. Barbara Gottfried, Women Studies Program faculty; and Maryam Shahsahebi, then WSP program manager.

Beyond the Book IX!

Mark your calendars! WGS is proud to be a sponsor of the book-art exhibition Beyond the Book IX, opening 21 November at the Faneuil and Brighton Branches of the Boston Public Library.
Do join the opening reception on 21 November from 11am-1pm at the Faneuil Branch at Oak Square!

You are invited: "over-under-in-between" by Martha Shea Smith

You are invited to the opening reception on October 20th for the exhibition "over-under-in-between" by Martha Shea Smith at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library in Oak Square, Brighton.

Boston University's Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program is proud to be an exhibition sponsor!

Venue: 419 Faneuil St, Brighton MA

Mass. Memories Road Show Collection

Women's Empowerment in West Africa is now part of a Boston historical archive! The exhibition that the Faneuil Branch of The Boston Public Library hosted in its art gallery on female education and empowerment in Burkina Faso over four decades is captured in the Mass. Memories Road Show collection! More below.

Photo by Eric West

Friday, October 9, 2015

Women's History Initiative in Brighton/Allston now figures in the University Archive and Special Collections at UMass Boston

Brenda Gael McSweeney, Board of Directors of the Brighton/Allston Historical Society – a UNESCO/UNITWIN Affiliate, describes the background to this photo collage contributed to the University Archive and Special Collections at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

"This photo captures the Women's History Initiative that I launched with the Brighton Allston Historical Society when I came from India to live in Oak Square in 2003. The BAHS published fabulous accounts of men's contributions to our town's history; however one Member, Louise Bonar, had detected the phenomenon of 'Brighton's Forgotten Women'! So we undertook research and hosted events on Brighton's remarkable women. Here is Jennie Loitman Barron of Selkirk Road in Brighton in the 1950s. She became the first full-time female judge in Massachusetts. Her daughter Joy gave us this photo.

Collage by Ali O'Hare
Also depicted is our Women's History Initiatives team that shared the stories of Brighton's Women of Vision: best-selling novelists, a newspaper columnist, the de facto postmaster and numerous strong social activists across four centuries. At top right is Linda Mishkin who currently presides the BAHS, then Priscilla Biondi, Mary Rita Grady, then me – Chair of the group, next is Peg Collins, the immediate past President receiving an award, and at bottom left, Nancy O'Hara.

Other BAHS Board Members Ronni Komarow, Sharon Cayley and Ann Mulligan also presented last May at our multi-media show at the Congregational Church in Brighton Center. Earlier on we had created a Heritage Museum exhibit that ran for over a year, and a Women's Heritage Trail Guide and Bus Tour! Boston University's Women's Studies Program and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis both supported these initiatives. Collage prepared by Ali O'Hare. Pictured clockwise from top left: Jennie Loitman Barron and colleagues, Linda Mishkin, Priscilla Biondi, CSJ Mary Rita Grady, Brenda Gael McSweeney, Peg Collins and Nancy O'Hara."

Also available: Women's History Initiatives: Gender, Culture, People-Centered Development

Photo credits: Jennie Loitman Barron & colleagues, courtesy BAHS; photo of Brenda Gael McSweeney by Nancy O'Hara; all others by Brenda Gael McSweeney

Thursday, October 1, 2015