“Occupy Somewhere” Honors Seminar
Rhetoric Professor Mary Anne Trasciatti’s students in the “Occupy Somewhere: Public Space and Public Speech in the United States” honors seminar participated in the commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Students attended the memorial service at the site of the building at the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street in Greenwich Village.
The theme for the event was “We are All Workers!,” and Professor Trasciatti delivered a speech, along with several NYC elected officials, a laundry worker, airport workers, taxi drivers – all of whom are involved in organizing unions, and a union organizer from Haiti. Hofstra University students spoke names of the victims of the fire and laid flowers in their honor, and then chalked the names of two sisters who died in the fire at the address where they lived (135 Sullivan Street).
Mary Anne Trasciatti, PhD , associate professor of rhetoric in The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, teaches courses in the history of rhetoric, public address, persuasion, and political communication. Her main research interest is in early twentieth-century radical rhetoric. Her other research interests include the theory and practice of letter-writing and rhetorical pedagogy. She is co-editor (with Jerome Delamater) of Representing Sacco and Vanzetti, an interdisciplinary volume of essays on the cultural and political legacy of the Sacco-Vanzetti case.
Professor Trasciatti is President of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, a nonprofit, grass roots organization committed to keeping alive the memory of the 146 people who died in the 1911 fire (mostly Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls) and continuing the movement for workers’ rights and safety that came after it through educational and outreach activities. To learn more about the group, visit www.rememberthetrianglefire.org.