Presented by: Maxine Susman
A reading and talk about a young Jewish woman, Florence Carol Levin, who grew up in Brooklyn, and who graduated from medical school during the Great Depression. She attended the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, the oldest and sole surviving medical school in the country dedicated to training female physicians. It was the one place where women MDs were a majority of the professors, mentors, and role models for young women following in their footsteps. Poet Maxine Susman will read from her recently completed book, “My Mother’s Medicine,” and give context to poems about her mother’s experiences, shedding light on this little-known part of women’s history.
Maxine Susman earned her Ph.D. in English from Cornell, and after a career as a literature and writing professor at Caldwell University, she now teaches poetry writing and short story classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University. Her work appears in many local and national literary journals; she has published six poetry collections, most recently Provincelands, set on Cape Cod. She lives in South Brunswick and gives poetry readings solo and with the Cool Women poetry ensemble.