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Lea Fridman

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I am a writer and academic with a degree in Comparative Literature and a strong arts and interdisciplinary background. Thus my research has spanned Holocaust, trauma, and black studies;  and I have worked on the neglected figures of the 19th century American black legislator / historian George Washington Williams as well as the neglected genius and 20th century pianist, Stanley Babin. I was privileged to have worked with John Hope Franklin, Williams’ biographer, for the last three years of his life and put together a scholarly workshop on Williams that took place at the Cardozo School of Law.   I am currently working on a paper linking George Washington Williams and Joseph Conrad and have been engaged to write a short biography of John Hope Franklin. At Kingsborough, in addition to remedial courses, I teach courses in twentieth century European Literature and twentieth century non-Western World Literature. 

“Words and Witness:  Narrative and Aesthetic Strategies in the Representation of the Holocaust” appeared in 2000 (SUNY);  there have been staged readings of two of my plays;  an art book “W/Hole in the Heart: An Illuminated Play”  awaits publication; and I have put together a website that serves as an archive of the life and commercially unavailable oeuvre of Stanley Babin.  I am in possession of this pianist-composer’s original manuscripts and spearheaded the creation of The Friends of Stanley Babin and The Stanley Babin Society.  For a period of ten years I produced Babin’s New York concerts and carried forward the Babin Historic Recording Project begun by the composer Lee Hoiby.


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