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Emma’s social commentary on women, class, humanity, and the Titanic tragedy: 1 | 2 (October 2012)

Recent Passings

Celebrating the life of Ba Jin: an obituary for Emma Goldman’s spiritual son
On Monday, October 17th, 2005, the great Chinese writer and anarchist Ba Jin passed into the pantheon of literary deities. Born Li Yaotang on November 25th, 1904 and given the name Feigan upon reaching adulthood, he was one hundred years old according to the Western calendar and one hundred and one according to the Chinese. One of the most prolific and popular Chinese writers of the 20th century, Ba Jin contributed his intellect, vision, and integrity to forces of justice throughout his long life. We at the Emma Goldman Papers mourn his loss while celebrating his life. In honoring him we honor ideals that do not die.

Celebrating the life of Paul Avrich: a distinguished historian of anarchism remembered. See full memorial
The Emma Goldman Papers honors the memory of David Ballantine, Emma Goldman’s feisty nephew, who died on June 22, 2005.
We also mourn the loss of the composer David Diamond, a supporter of the Emma Goldman Papers as well as the son of Emma Goldman’s seamstress, who died on June 13, 2005. (April 2012)

Recent Passings

HOWARD ZINN 1922-2010: Dear friend of the Emma Goldman Papers and true voice of people’s history
Tribute from Candace Falk (January 2011)

Emma’s 140th Birthday

2009 Birthday message (June 2010)

Emma on Stage

From South End Press: “South End Press is pleased to announce the publication of Emma, a play by Howard Zinn. In this play, historian and playwright Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I. With his wit and unique ability to illuminate history from below, Zinn reveals the life of this incredible woman.” (December 2006)

In Print

An article by project director Candace Falk appeared in the November 2002 issue of Women’s History Review entitled “Emma Goldman: Passion, Politics, and the Theatrics of Free Expression.” (December 2006)

Framing the Question

The Emma Goldman Papers is featured in the publication of the UC Berkeley Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Framing the Question: New Visons From the Arts and Humanities at Berkeley, with an article about Dr. Falk and the Project titled, Documenting the Life and Times of a Forward Thinker” (December 2006)

Emma Goldman Papers in the News

An article about the Emma Goldman Papers Project, “At Berkeley, a New Dispute Over Words From Long Ago” appeared in the 14 January 2003 New York Times. Other articles appeared in The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mercury News and two articles in the Los Angeles Times: “Famed Anarchists Words Fuel Berkeley Flap” and “Unfounded Censoring of Letters Threatens a Bastion of Dissent.” A further article appeared in the 17 January 2003 New York Times: “Reversal In Berkeley Debate.” Other pieces on Emma Goldman and free speech: “Free Speech, War: Berkeley Beat Goes On.” View the placard with the quotations that was sent out by the Emma Goldman Papers. (December 2006)

emma goldman papers in the news

Read the New York Times article from 14 January 2003. (December 2006)

more in the new york times

Read the New York Times article from 17 January 2003. (December 2006)

exhibition now in Vancouver

The exhibition will be on display in Vancouver for the 2005 Pacific Northwest Labor Historical Association conference. The subject for this year’s conference will be “The IWW: the First Hundred Years”. (December 2006)

volume i chronology.

The chronology from the first volume of the American Years, Made for America, 1890-1901 is now available. (December 2006)

Goldman’s New Declaration of Independence

You can read Emma Goldman’s essay, A New Declaration of Independence here. (June 2005)

“Emma: An Opera in Two Acts” by Elaine Fine

Based on the play by Howard Zinn, has been kindly donated by its author and composer to the Emma Goldman Papers. (June 2005)

Exhibition now in Haifa, Israel

“Emma Goldman: I Want Freedom” is on display in the Eshkol Tower at the University of Haifa, Israel, from 1 December 2004 through 29 January 2005. The exhibit is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the United States. (December 2004)

holiday letter

Read the 2003 holiday letter and card from the Emma Goldman Papers. (December 2003)

Banned Book Week

Pen West and the Emma Goldman Papers Banned Book Week Event, a program which took place on September 24, 2003 at Black Oak Books, will be broadcasted in its entirety on Sunday, October 12 from 7–9pm on KPFA’s Act One radio show. An edited version of the program will be rebroadcasted on Friday 17 October from 2–3 p.m. Historical and contemporary excerpts were read from banned books, pamphlets, poems, prison letters, and even from the Papal Index of Forbidden Texts. Participants included former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Emma Goldman Papers editors Candace Falk, Barry Pateman, and Jessica Moran, Mark Twain Papers editor Victor Fischer, UC Berkeley professors Renate Holub and Iain Boal, prison activist and writer Daniel Burton Rose, and Albany and Berkeley High School students Paul Pateman, Jesse Falk-Finley, and Ariya Sasaki. Check it out, it was an inspiring and chilling event! (October 2003)

Emma Goldman Papers Project And Banned Books Week

Project editors will take part in an evening of readings and discussion in observation of Banned Book Week at Black Oak Books in Berkeley on 24 September 2003. Former poet laureate Robert Hass, Victor Fischer, editor of the Mark Twain Papers, prison activist Daniel Burton Rose, and others will read from banned works from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The right to write and the freedom to read has always come under attack during periods when the government perceives that it is threatened; future exercise of these freedoms depends on our current vigilance. (September 2003)

Volume One Reviewed

Made For America, 1890–1901, the first volume of the four volume Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years has been reviewed by Dennis G. Dalton in the Forward. You can read Dancing at the Revolution: What Emma Wrought online. (July 2003)

Emma Goldman Papers Supporter Speaks For Peace

Cora Weiss, President of the the Hague Appeal for Peace, President of the Samuel Rubin Foundation, esteemed Emma‘s List contributor, and a great woman for peace, with the passion and reach of an Emma Goldman, recently gave a talk on June 30, 2003 at the 4th European Conference for Peace Education: “Challenge for Peace Educators.” (June 2003)

emma goldman papers project featured in annotation

An article on Emma Goldman and the work of the Emma Goldman Papers Project, “An Eloquent Woman” appeared in the June 2003 issue of Annotation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) newsletter. The article was part of a series on NHPRC sponsored projects documenting the lives of important women including projects on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Margaret Sanger, Willa Cather and Eleanor Roosevelt. (June 2003)

Emma Goldman Papers and Commencement

Project director Dr. Candace Falk will be giving the commencement address at this year’s Rhetoric and Film Studies Department’s commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley. The ceremony will take place at 2pm on 19 May 2003 in Zellerbach Auditorium, and the printed program will include Goldman’s timely 1917 quote on patriotism. A printable PDF file of Goldman’s quote is available. (May 2003)

Emma Goldman in Edmonton

An exhibit on Emma Goldman is currently on display at the University of Alberta. The exhibit, together with talks by Project Director Dr. Candace Falk, is held in conjunction with the Culture and State Conference hosted by the University of Alberta, and is part of the Edmonton May Week Festival. (May 2003)

Emma Goldman on PBS

On Monday, 12 April 2004, at 9 p.m., (verify your local listings) PBS will debut the new documentary film, Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman in the American Experience series. The film was written, produced and directed by Mel Bucklin. (April 2003)

book news

Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Volume One, Made For America, 1890-1901 has just been published! It is a compelling and meticulously researched text. Encourage your local bookstore or library, your school, college or University to order the series – beginning with Volume One – and consider ordering it yourself! (April 2003)

Mecca Reitman Carpenter’s biography

of her father, Ben Reitman, No Regrets: Dr. Ben Reitman and the Women Who Loved Him is now available online from the author’s website. (March 2003)

Emma Sightings

Bill Moyers quotes Emma Goldman in an interview with author and Emma’s List member Barbara Kingsolver, who cites Emma in her new book Small Wonder. The interview transcript is available via PBS. (May 2002)

Emma Goldman Online

The Jewish Women’s Archive has recently produced an online exhibit documenting Goldman’s life and work, with many images from the Emma Goldman Papers. (March 2002)


the journal of the Jewish Women’s Archive, has an interview with Project director Candace Falk in its Spring 2002 edition. (March 2002)