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Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience Traveling Exhibit to Open This October

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Nina Shah
nin.shah [at]
(617) 373-5452

Northeastern University Libraries was selected by the American Library Association Public Programs Office as one out of 18 sites across the country to host the exhibit, Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience. The new traveling exhibition will be free and open to the public at Northeastern University’s Snell Library starting on Thursday, October 27, 2011 through Wednesday, December 16, 2011. The exhibit is composed of eight informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of historical images and original works by Lazarus, including “1492,” “The Creation of Man,” and “The New Colossus.” The exhibition will be located on the First Floor of Snell Library behind The Hub.

Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience explores the life and legacy of Emma Lazarus – a poet, critic, advocate for the poor, early feminist, and champion of immigrants and refugees. Curated by Lazarus’ biographer, Esther Schor of Princeton University, this exhibit traces Lazarus’ life intellectual development, work, and lasting influence, and reminds us of the iconic words of her poem, “The New Colossus,” engraved on a plaque now located in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

In Schor’s words, Emma Lazarus “…showed America how to become more generous, more noble, and more just. Her passion for justice lives on whenever we Americans dedicate ourselves to welcoming immigrants, training and educating the poor, and celebrating diversity.”

Northeastern University will hold a series of related programs this fall in coordination with the exhibit. For more information about these programs please visit  

Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. Emma Lazarus is also a book by Esther Schor, published as part of the Jewish Encounters series by Nextbook/Schocken.

The Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience traveling exhibit is co-sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program, Northeastern University Humanities Center, Northeastern University Department of English, Northeastern University Department of History, Northeastern University Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Jewish Women’s Archive.

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