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“Athenaeum Symposia” Kicks off Oct. 12 at Montgomery College Speaker Series Features Dr. Ira Berlin, Lise Bruneau and Marcus Kyd, Lilly Ledbetter

Montgomery College’s fall 2011 speaker series, Athenaeum Symposia, featuring three separate lectures by noted scholars, artists, and activists, begins Wednesday, October 12, 2011 with Fulbright Professor Ira Berlin. All three lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Globe Hall in the High Technology and Science Center located at the College’s Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive. The second lecture will be given by Shakespearian performers Lise Bruneau and Marcus Kyd on October 24. The third, scheduled for November 2, features Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Dates and Lecturers: October 12 Ira Berlin, Slavery in the United States in Global Perspective Berlin, professor at the University of Maryland, brings extensive knowledge of eighteenth and nineteenth century American history, particularly the history of slavery, to the Montgomery College Athenaeum Symposia.

A professor of history, Berlin earned acclaim for his first book, “Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South” in 1977. Berlin was awarded the Bancroft Prize for the best book in American history by Columbia University and the Best First Book Prize by the National Historical Society. Berlin went on to write other studies of African American Life, including “The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations.”

October 24 Lise Bruneau and Marcus Kyd, Scenes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Bruneau, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and Kyd, trained at the Academy for Classical Acting and the Shakespeare Theatre at George Washington University, will perform scenes from “Hamlet,” alternating between presentation and discussion.

Bruneau is an accomplished director and actor, having performed numerous roles and directed various Shakespearean performances throughout the United States and United Kingdom. He directed “Hamlet” at the Nebraska Summer Shakespeare Festival and has performed a variety of roles including Emilia in Othello under Michael Kahn’s direction at the Shakespeare Theatre. Kyd has also performed a variety of roles, including Cyrano, Lysander, Mortimer, and Hamlet, and recently performed “Bootleg Shakespeare: King John” at the Folger Theatre. November 2 Lilly Ledbetter, social justice advocate and political activist will speak about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill that President Obama signed into law on January 29, 2009. Ledbetter was paid considerably less than her male counterparts when she worked at Goodyear and filed a lawsuit against the company, which eventually reached the Supreme Court. Because the suit was filed outside the limitations period, Ledbetter will never receive the money that was owed her. Ledbetter spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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