Come join us for a conversation between these two long-time friends about a subject near to their hearts.
Sandra Butler is the author of Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest (1978) the first feminist exploration of the sexual assault of children, and Cancer in Two Voices (Spinsters Books, 1991), coauthored with Barbara Rosenblum, the winner of the 1991 Lambda Literary Award. She is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentaries Cancer in Two Voices (1991) and Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (2004). Both films screened in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and Sundance, and are widely used for training and educational purposes. Over the past three decades she has facilitated workshops for community activists, social workers, and psychologists on the political, economic, cultural, and psychological dimensions of violence against women, and she has lectured on women’s issues nationally and internationally.
Sandra and co-author Nan Fink Gefen, each with two daughters in their 40s and 50s, interviewed nearly 80 mothers in their 70s and 80s about their relationships with their daughters. As she says on her web site: “There’s an assumption that mothering stops when your kids are in their 40s and 50s.” Nope.
Naomi Newman, another mother of two grown daughters, can attest to that. Naomi, a long-time resident of Mill Valley, co-founded A Traveling Jewish Theatre, where she worked as playwright, director and actress for 34 years. Prior to that she sang on the concert-stage, acted in television and had a psychotherapy practice. For her contributions to the cultural life in the Bay Area she has received a Tikkun Award, a Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. Ms. Newman is currently working on World of Fire, a poetry-music piece, in response to global warming and the related challenges we face in our lives today.
Please join us for this unique opportunity as Sandra and Naomi, based on their long-time connection, continue the conversation started in the book, bringing us along with them.