Remembering Jacob Friedes 1915-2015

Great Books discussion group members are our most stalwart supporters. Our efforts to bring meaningful discussions of literature to communities across the country begin and end with book group members. We’re always saddened to hear of the loss of a participant, and especially so when that person’s commitment to Great Books spans decades. Jacob Friedes—a husband, father, grandfather, judge, and lifelong Great Book participant—was honored by his friend Bernice Baeumler, who made a donation to the Great Books Foundation in his memory. “Jacob was a dedicated member of the Buffalo Great Books Group for more than 50 years—and before that he belonged to a group in New York City,” said Baeumler. “As an administrative law judge he had a busy career but found that Great Books helped to balance his life, and he was a champion for it for the last 90+ years.”

We’re grateful for Jacob’s years of support and dedication to Great Books, and to Bernice for her generous donation.

  1. Rick Folker says:

    I am utterly thrilled at the publication of this anthology. Haven’t read it yet, but the contributors are truly the literary Amazons of the feminine world of the written word.
    I graduated from a Methodist Seminary in Kansas City, MO with a very liberal cirricula. Many of my profs were experts in their fields of feminist/womanist/mujerista theology. So, I was a bit disappointed that Her Own Accord did not include a section on feminine spirituality. Noted theologians such as Letty Russell, Sally McFague, Emilie Townes, Sharon Ringe, Maria Isazi-Diaz, Mary Daly and many, many more have been and are continuing to forge new academic disciplines and break fertile theological ground by deconstruction and fashioning male-dominated (pale, male, and stale) schools of theology into a nuanced and rigorously critical re-interpretation of what it means to be “spiritual” and female in the 21st century. I believe they and others would have made a great contribution to (what is sure to be) a well-received and well-appreciation anthology. Peace

    1. Sharon Crowley says:

      Rick, Thank you for your enthusiasm about Her Own Accord! We’re thrilled about its publication too. Selections about feminine spirituality would certainly make for fascinating reading and engaging discussions. The anthology is our first collection of women’s writing, and we hope to publish more covering different subjects. We’ll keep your feedback in mind, and we appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. Be sure to order your copy of Her Own Accord soon!

  2. Rick Folker says:

    will do Sharon and am looking forward to a great read – our Great Books group in Kansas City is considering reading Her Own Accord for our next book discussions.

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