Upcoming Events 

100 Years of Women Voting

Thursday, September 10, 2020

12:00 pm

The Library of Congress

101 Independence Avenue SE

Washington, D.C.

(Online)

 

As part of symposium "100 Years of Voting" in conjunction with the Library of Congress's exhibit "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote," Lori will participate in a panel, "Diverse Voices from the Suffrage Movement," with Nancy Bird-Soto, Jacqueline Jones Royster, and Elizabeth Novara. The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and made possible by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

Registration link and full symposium schedule coming soon. 

Women in Journalism (Postponed)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall 101

Chestnut Hill, MA

02467

To mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the Boston College Journalism Program is organizing a panel discussion with Melissa Ludtke, the Sports Illustrated reporter who brought the federal lawsuit against the New York Yankees in 1978 to allow her into the team's locker room, spurring other major sports leagues to do the same; Zoe Greenberg, a reporter at the Boston Globe; and BC faculty member Lori Harrison-Kahan, whose new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson, explores connections among journalism, suffrage, and women's activism.

Stay tuned for more information about future events!
Past Events 

American Jews and Activism

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

3:00-4:30 pm

American Jewish Historical Society

(Online)

As part of the American Jewish Historical Society's 2020 Biennial Scholar's Conference, Lori will participate in a roundtable about how Jews and Jewishness have shaped modes and discourses of American activism over the past century.  Presenting case studies of California-based Jewish women Miriam Michelson and Anna Strunsky, who turned to journalism to highlight socio-political issues from suffrage to socialism, Lori will explore how Progressive Era San Francisco serves as an overlooked site for Jewish cultural production and activism.

The panel will include:

The Girl Reporter as Activist: Jewish Women and Journalism in Progressive Era San Francisco

Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College

Activist Writers of the 1940s: Anti-antisemitism in Women-Authored Fiction

Rachel Gordan, University of Florida

Ambivalent Actors?  Examining Jewish Sorority Women's Activism in Postwar America

Shira Kohn, Independent Scholar

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s

Marc Dollinger, San Francisco State University

Faith-Based Organizing With/out Faith:  A Genealogy of Zoomer Jewish Activism

Elliot Ratzman, Pennsylvania State University Humanities Institute

Chair: Joyce Antler 

Register here.

The Superwoman: How a Progressive Era Journalist Helped Women Get the Vote

Thursday, June 4, 2020

2:00 p.m. 

Boston Public Library

(Online)

This online program was originally scheduled at the Central Library. Interested attendees should register with email addresses in order to receive the remote meeting details.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson. One of the earliest female journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like “The Superwoman,” a novella that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics. Harrison-Kahan's talk will address Michelson's upbringing in Virginia City, Nevada, during the Gold Rush; her influence on Progressive Era politics; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.

Register here by clicking the "Register" button next to the event title.  

Writing for Women's Rights, from Miriam Michelson and the Suffrage Movement to Today

Thursday, March 5, 2020

12:00 p.m. 

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Avenue,

New York, NY

2020 is a landmark year for women, marking 100 years of American women having the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. 

 

In honor of this historic centennial, Lori Harrison-Kahan and Joan Michelson will discuss the role that women journalists played in securing the right to vote. They will share the story of Miriam Michelson, a pioneering female journalist, women’s rights activist, and best-selling novelist who leveraged her fame to keep the suffrage movement in the headlines. They will also discuss why Miriam’s story remains relevant to women’s equality and advancement today.

 

Register here.

From Voting Rights to #MeToo: Women Journalists and Activism

Thursday, March 5, 2020

6:30 p.m. 

Baruch College

55 Lexington Avenue,

New York, NY

Lori Harrison-Kahan will be in conversation with Joan Michelson about The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson.

The Superwoman: How a Progressive Era Journalist Helped Women Get the Vote

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

7 p.m.

Cary Memorial Library

1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Lexington author Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson. One of the first female journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like “The Superwoman,” a novella that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics. Harrison-Kahan's talk will address Michelson's upbringing in Virginia City, Nevada, during the Gold Rush; her influence on Progressive Era politics; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.

The Superwoman: Miriam Michelson and Suffrage Activism in San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

7:00 p.m. 

Mechanics' Institute

57 Post Street

San Francisco, CA

In this presentation, Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss the career of writer and suffrage activist Miriam Michelson, an overlooked figure of the early women’s rights movement. One of San Francisco’s first women reporters in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a bestselling author of feminist fiction. Her works include “The Superwoman,” a novella about a matriarchal utopian society that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics. Harrison-Kahan’s talk will address Michelson’s upbringing as the daughter of Jewish immigrants in Virginia City, Nevada; her influence on Progressive Era politics in San Francisco; and her relevance to contemporary movements such as #MeToo.

Register here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library and Alta Magazine.

The Politics of Knowledge in Jewish Women's Activism

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

4:10 - 5:25 p.m.

National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference 

Hilton Union Square

Lori will participate in a roundtable that analyzes Jewish women’s activism in various eras and regions with an emphasis on the ways that activists disrupted dominant knowledge systems to advance social justice. She will discuss how Miriam Michelson and Anna Strunsky, activists and writers from turn-of-the-twentieth-century San Francisco, used journalism as a means of advocating gender and economic equality. 

View the full conference program here.

Harvard Book Store

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

3 p.m.

Harvard Book Store

1256 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA

Lori Harrison-Kahan will be in conversation with Joan Michelson as part of the Harvard Book Store's Friday Forum series

Women's Summit for Political Engagement

Saturday, June 29, 2019

8 p.m.

Hilton McLean

Tysons Corner, VA

Telling Our Story Stage
Sponsored by Bards Alley
  • 8:00pm – 8:15pm – Mix & Mingle

  • 8:15pm – 9:00pm – “Telling Our Stories: Women in History” Panel of Authors

    • Moderator: Joan Michelson, host of Green Connections Radio podcast, Forbes contributor, women’s advocate and great-great niece of suffrage reporter and activist Miriam Michelson

    • Mary Hartnett, My Own Words: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • Lori Harrison-Kahan, ed., The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson

    • Patricia Miller, Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took on Washington

    • Samantha Seiple, Louisa On the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War

  • 9:00pm – 9:45pm – “Women Warriors” Panel of Authors

    • Tee Marie Hanible, The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You

    • Taylor Lustig, contributor of Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House

    • Moms Demand Action, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

  • 9:45pm – 10:00pm  – Author Meet & Greet

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Monday, June 24, 2019

7 p.m.

Newseum

Washington, D.C.

The Newseum marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed all American women the right to vote, with a conversation featuring today’s top political journalists.

The program will also celebrate the work of Miriam Michelson, a revolutionary journalist and best-selling feminist novelist who leveraged her fame and notoriety to keep the suffrage movement on the front page of the news at the turn of the 20th century.

 

The new book The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson, edited with an introduction by Lori Harrison-Kahan and foreword by Joan Michelson, Miriam’s great-great niece, is the first collection of newspaper articles and fiction written by Miriam Michelson.

The event is free and open to the public.

Watch the video here

View photos here

Women Writers and the Nineteenth Amendment

Saturday, May 25, 2019

12:40 p.m. 

American Literature Association Conference 

Boston, MA

In 1919-1920, the United States will be observing the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. In this roundtable, participants will discuss how nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century women writers from a variety of backgrounds turned to literature and print culture as a means of suffrage activism as well as a forum for political debate and democratic participation in the face of disenfranchisement. Panelists will assess the legacy of women’s writing (including continued efforts to recover works in order to expand the canon of suffrage literature); the role of past and current women writers in social justice activism today; and the politics of commemoration surrounding the centennial itself. 

 

Discussants:

 

Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia

Jacqueline Emery, SUNY Old Westbury

Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College

Jen McDaneld, University of Portland

Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University

Moderator: Susan Tomlinson, University of Massachusetts-Boston