Upcoming Author Presentations

Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris will discuss their book, Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators, June 3 from 11:30-1PM in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Room on the first floor next to the library store.

San Diego enjoys a diverse legacy of formidable female leaders. Ellen Browning Scripps financed and established the groundbreaking Scripps Oceanography Institute. In 1927, Belle Benchley became the nation’s first female zoo director and for nearly thirty years pioneered new forms of exhibition and developed the world-class San Diego Zoo. Guatemalan activist and advocate Luisa Moreno established the United Fish Cannery Workers Union to protect the rights of workers during World War II. Ruth Alexander set new altitude records for light planes at the peak of the city’s aviation boom. Bertha Pendleton became the first female and first African American San Diego school superintendent in 1993. Authors Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris document these and many more stories of extraordinary local women.

Hannah Cohen has a Bachelor Arts in political science and history, a Master’s of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Administration. Early in her career, she worked in the public library system in New York and was then Director of Communications and Media at the Hempstead Public Schools.

For most of her career, Ms. Cohen worked as a public affairs consultant for numerous non-profit organizations assisting in capacity building, fund development, and advocating for policy changes for the underserved.

Hannah has been deeply involved in advocating for women’s equality and the rights of the underprivileged, and she serves on numerous boards promoting awareness of these issues. She is currently President of the Women’s Museum of California and has served on the museum’s board of directors for six years.

Hannah and Gloria recently co-authored, Women Trailblazers of California (2012), the stories of forty remarkable women who have been at the core of change in innovation throughout California’s history.

Dr. Gloria G. Harris began her career as a clinical psychologist in the early seventies after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington. She co-authored the groundbreaking book Assertive Training for Women (1975) and taught assertiveness training and management training for women in federal agencies throughout the United States. She also edited a text book, The Group Treatment of Human Problems (1977), and co-authored a self-help book, Surviving Infidelity (1994; 2005). Dr. Harris has been appointed to numerous boards and commissions and previously served as chair of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and the County Mental Health Board. She is a former board member of the Women’s Museum of California and has been inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame.

Dean Glass will speak on June 3 from 11:30-1PM about his book, The History & Mystery of the Whaley House, as part of the Friends of the Central Library’s Writers to Watch program.

The History & Mystery of the Whaley House illuminates the history of the pioneer Whaley family and their magnificent 1850s brick mansion, dispelling myths and providing rediscovered facts and information about this popular tourist destination, and of the spirits known to inhabit it. Journals, letters, historical documents, dozens of fascinating historic photographs, and other ephemera culled from the Whaley House archives help convey the legend of this remarkable historic house museum.

Dean Glass is the Administrative Manager of Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), a San Diego-based historic preservation nonprofit, and is an Associate Editor of and contributor to SOHO’s Our Heritage magazine. An enthusiast of San Diego’s Whaley House Museum for over forty years, he now serves as Whaley House Historian and is a member of the museum’s curatorial team. Join us in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Room!