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Black Women Heroines of World War II

September 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Black Heroines of World War II: Women who Fought the Nazis
Annette Joseph-Gabriel - Professor, University of Michigan

As spies, nurses and clandestine couriers, Black French women played vital, overlooked roles in the anti-Nazi war effort. Paulette Nardal issued a call to arms against fascism in the 1930s. Eugénie Éboué-Tell joined the women’s auxiliary corps in Central Africa. Jane Vialle, an operative for Combat in Southern France, was arrested in 1943 for treason, but survived and became a Senator. Josephine Baker’s fight against Hitler’s Regime from Berlin to Portugal has earned her a place in the Pantheon of French heroism.

Annette Joseph-Gabriel is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Michigan and author, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Introductory remarks by Virginia Allen, Staten Island’s“Black Angel” nurse, who saw Josephine Baker at her final performance at Carnegie Hall.

Register in advance for this virtual meeting:
https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElc-Ctrj8pHteZllYmngb_P2sYx_UIixCj.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Q&A with filmmaker & musician Richard Baratta ’73

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Film producer, musician, and 1973 Wagner alumnus Richard Baratta will speak to students about his illustrious career in the movie industry, and his flourishing second career as a jazz musician and bandleader.

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