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Humanities Center Public Lecture Series: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

November 16, 2017
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich presents "Curiosities: History in Odd Things"

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University where she teaches courses in American history and in women’s studies. In some circles, she is best known for A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the subject of a PBS documentary.  Others know her for a now ubiquitous sentence that escaped from her first scholarly article onto coffee mugs a bumper stickers, a phenomenon she explored in Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007). In The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (2001), she pioneered in the the use of textiles and other common-place artifacts as sources for history, a topic she explored further in her 2010 American Historical Association Presidential Address “An American Album,” and in a co-authored catalog, Tangible Things: Making History Through Objects (2015). Recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work in public history, she has consulted in museums and historical societies nationwide. Her newest book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870, explores the emergence of female activism within a stigmatized religious minority.

Category: Lectures and Seminars