21 October 2009

Linda Gordon on Dorothea Lange, and Linda Nathan on Education

This Thursday, October 22, at 4:15 pm (eastern), historian Linda Gordon visits Woman-Stirred Radio to discuss her new book, Dorothes Lange: a Life beyond Limits.

Dorothea Lange is probably the best known photographer of the new Deal's Farm security administration during the economic disaster that changed America forever: the Great Depression.

"Lange's haunting work from this period is recognized by millions of Americans, but at her death in 1965 at the age of seventy, her name remained known only among photographers."* Dorothea Lange was particularly sensitive to the lives of people of color and women, whose sufferings were amplified by racism and misogyny.

"Central to Lange's genius was focusing on the poor the same eye that had made her a prized portrait photographer to the rich; as a result, her images show the Depression's victims as responsible, dignified, and thoughtful, even if their circumstances are desperate." *

So tune in (91.1fm) or stream us live at WGDR, for what promises to be a fascinating exploration of the life and work of Dorothea Lange tomorrow, October 22, at 4:15.

Then at 5:00, Merry Gangemi welcomes Dr. Linda Nathan, headmaster and founder of the Boston Arts Academy, an urban high school that "builds on the passions of its students and defined by a supportive community..."# The Boston Arts Academy, founded in the 1990s offers an "academic curriculum motivating students with a variety of learning styles to succeed in high school and pursue higher education."##

Acknowledging the extraordinary challenges of the on-going crisis in education funding for the arts, Nathan gives us her insights and strategies that have made the Boston Arts Academy an urban success story: Fully 95% of its graduates have been accepted in colleges and universities.

Listeners are welcome to call the air studio and join in the conversation 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm (eastern). In its seventh year, Woman-Stirred continues to present interviews with queer and straight writers, artists, musicians, and policy-makers.