March Events: NYT Columnist, Furniture Drive, a Judge and a Sculpture

10 Mar, 2011

By Polly Kreisman

“An Evening for Understanding”  featuring  Nicholas Kristof  NY Times Columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize Award Recipient  for Journalism , Combating Poverty and Global Health Issues:  The Impact of Youth Involvement and Community Activism  Monday, March 14th at 7:00 PM   Mamaroneck High School, McLain Auditorium


Suggested Donation: $10.00 for adults   $3.00  for students


Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn co-authored “Half the  Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” and   “China Wakes and Thunder from the East”


* An update about the work of Kids for World Health and its actions


* An exhibit on KFWH’s four target neglected diseases including   Buruli Ulcer, Chagas, Leishmaniasis, and Trypanosomiasis


All donations will be used for our current project to provide much needed equipment to


Lwala Hospital in Uganda, home of our fourth KFWH Pediatric Clinic  Kids for World Health is a grass roots not-for-profit organization founded  by students in the Mamaroneck/Larchmont School District in the year 2001.


 


Saturday, March 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students from Mamaroneck High School’s Furniture Sharehouse service club  will hold a furniture drive to benefit Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank.  They will be collecting gently-used furniture for redistribution, free of charge, to needy families.   The Drive will take place in the parking lot at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, rain or shine.


Only basic home furniture in good condition will be accepted, so before you load up your car, go to www.furnituresharehouse.org to make sure your furniture is acceptable for donation.  Furniture Sharehouse was founded and is supported as a Community Project by The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound.  Furniture Sharehouse – helping you “recycle with a difference”!  For more info, contact Leslie Garwood, lgarwood@optonline.net, 914-315-1982


 


Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, will be guest speaker at the annual Spring Luncheon of the League of Women Voters at noon Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Davenport Club, 400 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle. Her topic is the status of women and children. Please make reservations with a check for $45 to LWV Larchmont-Mamaroneck, PO Box 811, Larchmont, N.Y 10538. For further information, call 914-761-1300.


Judge Kaye is the first women to serve on the NY Court of Appeals  and the first woman to be appointed New York Chief Judge., a position she held for 15 years. In 2009, on retiring,  she joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as Of Counsel in February 2009, focusing largely on arbitration and litigation.


 


On Sunday, March 27th, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, Kate Culkin, Assistant Professor of History at Bronx Community College, will be the headline speaker for the Larchmont Historical Society’s Women in History Month program. Professor Culkin recently authored Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography (University of Massachusetts Press), which is a fascinating look at 19th Century America’s most notable female sculptor.



Locally, Hosmer is known for her arresting bronze sculpture, The Mermaid’s Cradle, which holds center court in Larchmont’s Fountain Square, just blocks from the Long Island Sound. For whom was the sculpture originally created?  Whose face is featured?  What is the symbolism of the baby in the tail of the mermaid?  What local patron brought this piece to town decades ago?  All this and much more will be revealed by Professor Culkin.


Harriet Hosmer (1830–1908) was regarded as the nation’s most prominent woman sculptor and was seen as instrumental in promoting women in the field of sculpture.  After moving from Boston to Rome in 1852, she was, according to Culkin, the only American woman sculptor working in the city and quickly befriended some of the most notable expatriates of the time, including Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and fellow sculptors John Gibson and Emma Stebbins. Many female sculptors followed her lead and moved to Rome. She indeed inspired artists of varied disciplines, and Hosmer can be found represented in the works of Nathanial Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott, among others.
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