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Event Title:  Distinguished Visiting Scholar
The Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Mothers
Date:   Mar 27, 2013
Time:   12:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Location:   Columbia University
School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
(at 121st Street)
Room C03
New York, NY 10027
Description:   Professor Marlene Booth
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Academy for Creative Media

What is it like to grow up in a family where mothers have always workedoutside the home? The Double Burden, an intimate, award-winning, 56-minute documentary, vividly portrays the lives of three families--one Mexican-American, one Polish-American, and one African-American--each with three generations of women who worked outside the home while also raising families. Working as migrant laborers, sharecroppers, waitresses, nurse’s aides, secretaries, and teachers, their stories provide moving testimony of endurance, independence, and hope.

Documentary filmmaker Marlene Booth’s films have screened on PBS, at the Museum of Modern Art, and at film festivals from Paris to Honolulu. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and others, Ms. Booth now lives in Honolulu where she teaches film at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai‘i. Her major films include: Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i, Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa, The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans, and They Had a Dream: Brown v Board of Education 25 Years Later.


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