Wallace T. MacCaffrey Memorial Lecture in History
Nancy F. Cott is Jonathan Trumbull Research Professor of American History at Harvard University. Her forthcoming book traces four young Americans who went abroad in the 1920s and became intrepid correspondents, alerting fellow Americans to the spreading menace of European fascism. Confronting the era’s big conflicts— democracy versus authoritarianism, global responsibilities versus isolationism, sexual freedom versus traditional morality—they shaped how Americans saw their country’s international role between the first and the second world wars.
Professor Cott's work ranges over questions about gender, marriage, feminism, and citizenship; her interests also include the history of sexuality, social movements, political culture, law, and journalism. Her historical studies include The Bonds of Womanhood: "Woman's Sphere" in New England, 1780-1835, The Grounding of Modern Feminism, and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. She helped to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and she testified as an expert witness in the federal case Perry v. Schwarzenegger against Proposition 8 in California. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians (2016-2017).
The lectureship honors the work of Professor Wallace T. MacCaffrey (1920-2013), distinguished historian and Reed alumnus (class of 1942). Sponsored by the department of history. Free and open to the public.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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