Women’s Stories and Histories: 1920s-1930s Paris

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Bi-weekly; Week 1; Friday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
via Zoom  

Join us as we dive into the many underrepresented, fascinating, and very interconnected lives of 1920-30s Parisian women writers, artists, booksellers, publishers, hosts, and partners, such as Alice B. Toklas, AnaÏs Nin, Caresse Crosby, Coco Channel, Colette, Djuna Barnes, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, Jean Rhys, Josephine Baker, Mina Loy, Natalia Goncharova, Natalie Clifford Barney, Sonia Delaunay, Sylvia Beach, Tamara de Lempicka, and others. Each woman forged a crucial part of her identity in Paris and changed established ideas of how to live and create as women. Members are expected to present once and read the texts (e.g. a novel, a biography) assigned to some of the sessions (see attached list). Note: this is a smaller-group workshop with one in-depth presentation and extensive discussion per session.


Trudy Akler  (trudy.a@rogers.com) loves to analyze literature and art, and, through them, learn about women’s stories and histories. Long-term experience includes arts and gifted education, book club presentations, the Global Art Project for Peace, and a lifetime of creative projects.

Janet Maher(jmaher65@gmail.com) is a retired teacher of literature at Seneca College.  She has always loved literature and has continued that passion at the Academy by co-facilitating workshops on T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

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