In Conversation With Mary Pat Higgins
Jane Saginaw: Because the World is Round
When: Thursday, January 18th
Time: 7 – 9 pm.
Location: Aaron Family JCC
Price: $10 Tickets in Advance | $15 Tickets at the Door
Moderator: Mary Pat Higgins, President & CEO of the Dallas Holocaust
& Human Rights Museum
In Partnership with ADL Texoma
“Fifteen-year-old Jane was trapped. Trapped in high school in Dallas, Texas, where her classes were too easy and her classmates were too conventional. Trapped in service to her mother, a polio survivor who used a wheelchair. When her parents sold their automobile brake repair business in 1969, they withdrew Jane from her high school to travel the world, visiting India, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Yugoslavia and Northern Europe. As she traveled, Jane was pushed to reckon with her dual role as responsible daughter an as teen in the late ’60s/early ’70s, the culture of Bobby Fischer, The Beatles, and Hair!. Because the World is Round reckons what it means to be an individual, a caretaker, and a traveler in a vast and changing world.”
About the Author:
Jane Saginaw is a student in the Ph.D. Program in Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her memoir, Because the World is Round, recounts a family trip around the world in 1970 with her mother who was wheelchair-bound from polio. Before returning to graduate school, Jane was a trial lawyer with Baron and Budd in Dallas, Texas. She later served in the Clinton Administration as the Regional Administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region Six. In 2006, she was awarded Trail Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for her environmental work involving groundwater contamination in Tucson, Arizona. Jane’s undergraduate degree is in cultural geography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her law degree is from the University of Texas, Austin. Her essays and poetry have been published in Athenaeum Review, Image, D Magazine, and PB Daily.