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Nancy J. Rosenbloom, PhD, professor of history, is the fall speaker for an Archives Speaker Series event Friday, October 1 at 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Bouwhuis Library.  Light refreshments will be served.

In “Finding Sonya Levien: My Journey Through the Archives,” Rosenbloom will discuss the life and work of Levien, a suffragist who struggled out of early 20th century poverty in New York City tenements to earn a law degree and work for the People’s Institute as an investigative researcher, publicist, and lobbyist for the National Board of Censorship.  Levien appeared before numerous legislative committees against legalized censorship, and went on to the editorial world of New York magazines.  She also pursued a career as a Hollywood screenwriter during a time when progressives were trying to extend First Amendment rights to motion pictures.  Her films include Salome of the Tenements, Lucky Star, Quo Vadis, OKLAHOMA!, Daddy Long Legs, and State Fair.

This is the final event of the Library’s Banned Book Week schedule.

Submitted by:  Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian, archives & special collections