“I have tried to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between action and thought. I have tried to find the right balance between the life of the mind and what people call ‘real’ life, the life in social context.” This quote from renowned historian Gerda Lerner (d. 2013) captures the spirit of the Berks.
Come see a 30 minute documentary-in-progress-collage of artist and graphic designer Renata Keller’s documentary, “Living History,” about Lerner’s life and work on Thursday evening, from 7– 7:30 PM, in the McLeod Auditorium (map). See the full schedule for Thursday evening here
One of the founders of the field of women’s history, for instance in her monumental diptych The Creation of Patriarchy/The Creation of Feminist Consciousness (1986/1994), Lerner was born in Vienna in 1920 amidst the rubble of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and participated in anti-Nazi resistance in the wake of the 1938 German Anschluss of Austria before emigrating to the USA. Director Keller will participate in a round-table discussion immediately following the film (7:30 – 9:00 PM also in the McLeod Auditorium), along with leading scholars in the field today (including Kathryn Kish Sklar of Binghamton University and Darlene Clark Hine of Northwestern University). The event is co-sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. Another session dedicated to the legacy of Gerda Lerner is scheduled for Sunday from 8:45 to 10:45 am.
While you’re here, check out this interview with the director now: