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March 25, 2005

Romance Languages and Literatures Program Lecture

Andrée Aelion Brooks 
  Andrée Aelion Brooks 

Andrée Aelion Brooks will deliver the annual Romance languages and literatures lecture, titled “Doña Gracia Nasi: Banker and Leader during the Renaissance,” March 29 at 4:30 pm in Room 305, Kendade Hall.

Her lecture is based on The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Doña Gracia Nasi: A Jewish Leader during the Renaissance (Paragon House, June 2002), her book about a remarkable sixteenth-century woman banker that sheds fresh light on women’s lives and banking of that day, as well as relations between Jews and Muslims.

Brooks is a journalist, author, and lecturer whose interests combine unusual aspects of Jewish history, issues related to raising privileged children, and the broad landscape of women’s agency. She is an associate fellow at Yale University, and the founder and first president of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale–a project realized in the early 1990s to help more women run for political offices.

Brooks contributed to the New York Times for 18 years. In addition to covering such topics as personal finances and real estate, she wrote about the women’s movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Brooks will be on campus March 30 and will be available to meet with members of the MHC community for further discussion and conversation. Please contact her at

Her Web site can be found at

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