Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Illustrated lecture at McDaniel

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McDaniel College’s 2008 Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, Harvard Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, will present the lecture ‘‘A Woman and a Cow: Celebrating a Renaissance in History” at 8 p.m. Monday in McDaniel Lounge, 2 College Hill, Westminster.

Beginning with an illustration from a 13th century English bestiary, the illustrated lecture will explore seven centuries of women’s work, a journey made possible by the remarkable flowering in scholarship that followed the feminist movement of the 1970s.

‘‘People not only make history by what they do, but by what they choose to remember,” writes Ulrich, who studies early American social history, women’s history and material culture.

Ulrich was recently appointed Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor. Prior to joining its faculty in 1995, she taught at the University of New Hampshire for 15 years.

She is the author of ‘‘Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750,” ‘‘A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812” (Pulitzer Prize for history), ‘‘The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth,” and ‘‘Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.”

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors organization in the U.S. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Call 410-857-2294.