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On Friday June 8, 2012 at 11 A.M. to 2 p.m.The lecture will be given by Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach, Ph.D. Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach (PH.D. Harvard) is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York, the University Graduate Center and Baruch College. She specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, as well as feminist theory. In addition to many articles and an edited collection on Women and the United States Constitution, Schwarzenbach's best known work is entitled On Civic Friendship: Including Women in the State (Columbia University Press, 2009). As a child, the author grew up on Wilson Point in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Professor Schwarzenbach's Swiss grandmother, one Marguerite Froelicher-Schwarzenbach (age 21), as well as both her great-grand parents, survived the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic in Lifeboat 5. Sibyl Schwarzenbach's talk will focus on memories of her grandmother "Maedi," who was on her way to New York in order to meet her fiance Robert J. Schwarzenbach, when disaster struck. Maedi later settled on Wilson Point and lived up the road from her grandchildren and oldest son. The informal talk will include facts, (photos?) and memories of this Swiss grandmother and her family, of the survivor's recollections of the voyage, the role the Titanic legend has played in the speaker's own life, as well as its place in our larger cultural imagination. Sibyl Schwarzenbach is also a first cousin-once-removed of the Swiss writer and photo-journalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942), whose life and works is the topic of her current book project, American Democracy through Foreign Eyes: the Photo-Journalism of Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1934-1941).