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Public Events

The Spring 2021 Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture

Rebecca Donner on writing All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days— March 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar

THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO ACCESS THE ZOOM LINK AND ATTEND. Feel free to invite others.

Rebecca Donner will discuss the challenges in writing All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, a work of narrative nonfiction about her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack, the only American in the leadership of Berlin’s underground resistance during the Nazi regime. She will speak about the often-lost narrative of women in the German resistance and her archival discoveries as she set out to fuse elements of biography, political thriller, and scholarly detective story, interweaving letters, diaries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, testimony of survivors, and declassified intelligence documents to reconstruct the moral courage of an enigmatic woman nearly erased by history.

Rebecca Donner’s essays and reportage have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Bookforum. She is the author of Burnout, a graphic novel about ecoterrorism, and Sunset Terrace, a critically acclaimed novel. She was a 2018-2019 fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and is a two-time Yaddo fellow. All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days will be published in 2021 by Little, Brown in the US and Canongate in the UK.

The event is cosponsored by Center for the Study of Women and Society, The Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Biography and Memoir, The Center for the Humanities and The Feminist Press.