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The Ascent of Woman with Amanda Foreman

March 8 at 6 pm

In honor of Womens’ History Month, join award-winning historian and Wall Street Journal columnist Dr. Amanda Foreman for a behind-the-scenes look at her documentary, “The Ascent of Woman”—the inspiration for her forthcoming book, ‘The World Made by Women: A History of Women from the Apple to the Pill’, scheduled to be published by Penguin Random House in 2021. Foreman is also the author of the NYT Notable Book “Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire,” which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie “The Duchess,” starring Keira Knightley; and the best-selling “A World on Fire: The Epic History of Two Nations Divided.”

She is a columnist for The WSJ ‘Historically Speaking,’ and a co-founder of the literary nonprofit, House of SpeakEasy Foundation, a trustee of the Whiting Foundation, and an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. REGISTER HERE.


Black History Month

Driving While Black

Dr. Gretchen Sorin discussed her newest book and partly autobiographical work with JHC President Suzanne Clary. Sorin illustrated the impact of automobile transportation on the Civil Rights Movement and race relations in America. Just last week her impeccable research was recognized by the NAACP and nominated for a prestigious Image Award.

JHC was especially pleased to have Dr. Sorin with us tonight as back in 1998, more than 20 years ago, she helped envision what a dynamic role our relatively new nonprofit could have as a place to discuss ongoing challenges to our democracy. She urged us to remind Americans of the struggles of the framers of the constitution and the courts and to connect those struggles with present day concerns about civil rights and civil liberties. Watch the full video here.


Environmental Advocate Aileen Burdick

JHC Welcomes New Trustee

The Jay Heritage Center is thrilled to welcome its newest trustee, Aileen Burdick:

Aileen Burdick lives in Rye, NY, with her husband and four children. Since leaving Wall Street for motherhood, she has held various volunteer positions at Milton School and Rye Country Day School as well as the Rye Free Reading Room Auxiliary. She has also served as a PREP teacher at Resurrection Church. She currently serves on the Board of the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN). FERN is an independent, nonprofit news organization that produces award-winning, high-impact investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health. Aileen enjoys reading, yoga, organic gardening, and occasionally loves to cook. She is passionate about food being nutritious and satisfying.


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