Tenement Talks: On the Novel ‘Bread Givers,’ 90 Years Later

Please join the Tenement Museum for a modern look at the classic immigrant novel Bread Givers, on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 PM.

Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers, a story of a young Jewish immigrant woman’s striving to become an American, garnered rave reviews upon its 1925 publication.  By the 1930s her work had faded into obscurity, but historian Alice Kessler-Harris rediscovered the novel and shepherded it to its re-publication in the 1970s.  This program invites Kessler-Harris to reflect on its influence, and assembles a panel of women from different generations and backgrounds to assess its relevance to today’s feminists and immigrants.  Come hear Anna Holmes from the New York Times, Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Immigration, Margaret Chin, Hunter College sociologist, and Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, shed new light on the classic.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive.

This event will take place at 103 Orchard Street, at the corner of Delancey.  It is free and seating is first-come, first-served.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books will be available with a 15% discount.

Tenement  Talks is a free evening series of lectures, readings, and discussions, films and other programs that provide historical and contemporary perspectives on New York City.

Tenement  Talks is made possible through the generous support of Con Edison and public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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