Emily Greene Balch Lecture (audio)

 Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/95512134/

Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/95512134/

Kristen E. Gwinn speaks about the life of Jamaica Plain’s Emily Greene Balch who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her visionary work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. 

Balch was a renowned writer, social reformer, economist, and academic who was a Jamaica Plain native and member of First Church Unitarian Universalist in Jamaica Plain. A professor of economics and sociology at Wellesley College, Balch’s academic career abruptly ended when Wellesley refused to renew her contract following her opposition to the First World War. She dedicated the remainder of her life to the international peace movement. Ms. Gwinn is the author of the new biography, Emily Greene Balch: The Long Road to Internationalism that illuminates Balch’s ideas on negotiated peace, internationalism, and global citizenship.

This event was co-sponsored by Jamaica Plain Forum of First Church in Jamaica Plain, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, and the U.S. Section and the Boston Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. It was held on January 8, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.at the Parish Hall, First Church in Jamaica Plain. Click on the triangle below to listen to the presentation.