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Fridays @ One - Edith Windsor: An Unlikely Activist

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Throughout the school year, the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) presents lectures on timely topics for their members, the New School community, and the general public.  

From private citizen to documentary film star to Supreme Court petitioner who overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Edith (Edie) Windsor became a gay rights and feminist icon in her ninth decade.  We view the informative and poignant documentary, Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement, about her life with Thea Spyer, her partner of almost 50 years.

The screening is followed by a conversation between Edie and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, as they trace their odyssey through the court system, resulting in United States v. Windsor, the 2013 landmark decision that struck down DOMA.

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Institute for Retired Professionals


Humanity, Society, Social Justice


Schools of Public Engagement


Film, Politics, Storytelling and Communication, Social Justice, Gender and Sexuality


Free for all

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