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The Notorious SCS

America is fortunate to be living with the Notorious RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in our times. But Venice in the early seventeenth century was lucky to have the Notorious SCS. Sarra Copia Sulum. Her friend and mentor … Continue reading

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Learn about Sarra Copia this Weekend!

I’ll be sharing my research into the life of Sarra Copia Sulam this weekend at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This free program runs from 1:30 to 3:00 on Sunday, October 30. See details here: http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/events/2016/10/30/venice-jewish-poet-sarra-copia-sulam-a-presentation-by-kathleen-ann-gonzalez or click … Continue reading

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Ghetto Etymology

Dr. John Peter Maher, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, recently shared with me his research into the origins, or etymology, of the term “ghetto.” Since I’ve been sharing information about Venice’s Ghetto here, I thought … Continue reading

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Global Metaphor

While in Venice a few weeks ago, I attended the afternoon session of the symposium The Ghetto as Global Metaphor.  Though it was about 100 degrees in the Ca’ Dolfin, I could still enjoy the frescoed walls and elaborate chandeliers, … Continue reading

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Commemoration Thoughts

Oops! I meant to post this blog last week, on March 29, the anniversary of Venice’s Ghetto. I was traveling and blogging by phone, and unfortunately I didn’t actually post like I thought I had! Sorry for the late posting. … Continue reading

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Just in Time…

…to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, I’ve published my newest book! A Living Memory: Immortality for Sarra Copia Sulam.   This is a portrait that is probably of Sarra, though it hasn’t been confirmed: In … Continue reading

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“Monstrosity” in the Ghetto

May 26, 1575: In the Ghetto of Venice was born “two twins joined together where the umbilicus should be, and they lie with their heads at each other’s feet. They have all the proper parts: four legs, four arms, etc., … Continue reading

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