Professor of Rhetoric and President of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Mary Anne Trasciatti will lead a panel discussion and exhibition to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. The event, sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Mack Student Center.
Trasciatti discusses the event in this installment of HU Office Hours.
March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day – a day of global celebration of women’s contributions, as well as a commemoration of women’s struggle for social and economic justice. Nearly 150 garment workers, most of them women, died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City and the nation at the time. The fire led to key improvements in factory standards and the rise of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union. The panel will explore the history of the fire and its significance for global women’s labor and immigrant rights movements.
- Robin K. Berson, historian, researcher, librarian and quilter. She has been on the editorial staff of The History of Education Quarterly and is the author of three books, including Jane Addams: A Biography.
- Eileen Follano, Hofstra University, social media intern for Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Inc.
- LuLu LoLo, international performance artist, playwright, actor, historian and activist. She has written and performed eight one-person plays Off-Broadway that evolve from her passion for historical research and social justice, especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City’s past.
- Mary Anne Trasciatti, associate professor of rhetoric at Hofstra University and president of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Inc. She is spearheading the effort to build a permanent memorial at the site of the 1911 fire.
Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition is a group of worker advocates and relatives of victims that conducted a design competition for the memorial in 2013. The coalition began a fund-raising effort last year, and in December 2015 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $1.5 million grant to fund the project. The building that housed the factory still stands, and the memorial will include several large steel panels on the structure, one bearing the name of the victims and another with a narrative history of the fire.
For more information visit rememberthetrianglefire.org.