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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
$10 Tickets in Advance | $15 Tickets at the Door
Moderator: Mary Pat Higgins, President & CEO of the Dallas Holocaust
& Human Rights Museum

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“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.