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Lecture Recital - Songs from Libby Larsen’s “ME (about Brenda Ueland)”

Date: 3:00pm PDT September 27, 2009 Location: Evans Music Auditorium

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Evans Music Auditorium

The Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Program and the Music Department are pleased to invite you to a recital of Libby Larsen’s tribute to Brenda Ueland.  Performers Christine Welch and Marva Duerksen from Willamette University will present a recital and lecture on Sunday, September 27 at 3pm.

U.S. feminist and author (1891-1985) Brenda Ueland was a free spirit with a varied and prolific career. She freelanced for many publications, worked as an editor in New York City, and wrote scripts for radio shows including a program entitled Stories for Girl Heroes, a children’s program about notable women.
Ueland published 2 books during her life. The first was If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, first published in 1938. In this book, she shares her philosophies on writing and life in general. She stresses the idea that “Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say.”. Carl Sandburg called If You Want to Write “the best book ever written on how to write.”

Her second book was an autobiography entitled Me: A Memoir, published in 1939. In it she writes about her childhood, time in college, her life in Greenwich Village, and love affairs, including her affair with Raoul Hendricson, an anarchist who eventually left her for Isadora Duncan.
Composer Libby Larsen has written a wonderful song cycle using texts from this memoir.

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