Melosh Receives CAS Award for Scholarship

Posted: August 15, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Heather Aleknavage

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has announced that the recipient of the eighth CAS Award for Scholarship is Barbara Melosh, professor of English and history and author of the book, Strangers and Kin: The American Way of Adoption.

Melosh will deliver the annual CAS scholarly lecture titled “Families by Design: The American Way of Adoption” on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The award is given to a scholar whose recent work has played a significant role in the advancement of his or her discipline.

Melosh’s scholarly and teaching interests include American studies, women’s history, museum studies, and 20th century literature and cultural history. She is the author of The Physician’s Hand: Work, Culture and Conflict in American Nursing and Engendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood in New Deal Public Art and Theater. She is editor and contributor to the anthology Gender in American History Since 1890, part of Routledge’s series on revisionist histories. She is a contributor to the CD-ROM version of Who Built America?, a multimedia history of the United States in the 20th century produced by the American Social History Project and Mason’s Center for History and New Media. Strangers and Kin, her book on the history of adoption in the United States, was published by Harvard University Press in 2002.

The Celebration of Scholarship was established in 1997 to recognize the talent of the faculty and to unite them in celebration of their significant achievements. This year the event moves to the fall to join the university’s fifth annual Fall for the Book Festival. As part of the celebration, CAS invites participants to attend a dinner preceding the lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the CAS Dean’s Office or call (703) 993-8733. For more details, visit the CAS web site.

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