Finley Lecture Series Focuses on Women

Posted: November 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

This year’s J.N.G. Finley Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of History and Art History, spotlights women’s rights. Guest speakers are Linda Kerber, past president of the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association, and Patricia Schroeder, former United States Congresswoman. Held tomorrow, both lectures are free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Kerber’s lecture, “The Case of the Broken Baseball Bat: Women, Citizenship, and Violence,” begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema and is followed by a reception in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room. Kerber is a professor at the University of Iowa, where she has taught since 1975. She was appointed May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History in 1985, and in 1999 she became the first recipient of the Radcliffe College Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the field of Women, Gender, and Society.

Schroeder’s lecture, “Challenges in America’s Future: Women’s Rights,” begins at 8 p.m. in Harris Theater. Schroeder served in the House of Representatives for 24 years. She left in 1996 undefeated to take a position as a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Schroeder, a leader in the cause of education and a champion of free speech, is president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers and leads New Century/New Solutions for the Institute for Civil Society in Newton, Massachusetts.

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