Converse to Host Lecture on Strength, Wisdom, and Compassion of Jewish Mothers

On March 20, award-winning photographer Lloyd Wolf will present a lecture about and show photographs of Jewish women who have made significant contributions to the concepts of family, community, and American culture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30p.m. and will be held in Daniel Recital Hall located in the Blackman Music Building. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. The event is sponsored by the Converse College Art Department and the Sisterhood of Temple B’Nai Israel. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mr. Wolf will discuss profiles of women that appear in Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion, a book he co-authored with interviewer Paula Wolfson. In the book, fifty Jewish women from across the American landscape are profiled, including a Congresswoman, a Nobel Prize winner, rabbis, artists, scholars, and the not-so-average homemaker. “A special concern was our desire to counteract the popular negative stereotype associated with American Jewish mothers,” said Wolf.

Among his credits, Wolf has published the book Facing the Wall: Americans at the Vietnam Memorial, and completed a number of documentary projects including Drug Rehabilitation, Jewish Teen visits to Polish Holocaust site visits, Deadheads, and Moroccan Jewry. His photographs have been published by National Geographic, The Washington Post magazine, Vogue, People, Washingtonian, and Utne Reader. Wolf has also worked on assignment for the Children’s Defense Fund, National Geographic Books, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Brookings Institution, Lifetime Television, and many others.

Aside from numerous awards for photography, he has received community service awards from the Washington Urban League for “Black and White Together,” and Grandma’s House “Men Who Make a Difference.” His volunteer work includes teaching photography to homeless youth, “at-risk” youth and immigrant youth. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, the National Museum of Fine Arts (Hanoi); the Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York); and the Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles).

For more information, contact Zan Schuweiler Daab at (864) 596-9180 or 596-9181.

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