Joan E. Biren (JEB)
"Look To the Women for Courage: Stories From the Seneca Encampment for Peace and Justice" (1984)
Beginning in 1979 photographer Joan E. Biren developed a series of slide shows and traveled around the country presenting them at women’s bookstores, centers, coffeehouses, and communities. Early in the 1980s she experimented with formats that combined still images with recorded sound. "Look to the Women for Courage: Stories from the Seneca Encampment for Peace and Justice" is about the first summer of nonviolent direct actions in upstate New York in 1983 to protest the deployment of first-strike nuclear weapons. The show consists of 140 slides with audio narration by Joan E. Biren (JEB). Included are some photographs by Catherine Allport, Ellen Shub, Joan Sears, Lee Needham, and Nancy Clover and the Women's Video Collective.
- Joan Biren's Papers are in the Sophia Smith Collection.
- Joan Biren's oral history is part of the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project.
- View web exhibit, The Power of Women's Voices featuring some of JEB's photographic works.
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