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"Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History"

Loyola press release - September 23, 2004

(New Orleans)—As part of the Biever Guest Lecture Series at Loyola University New Orleans, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Phillips Professor of Early American History and director of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, will address the Loyola community on Friday, October 22, at 7 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. Ulrich will assess the implications of the widespread idea that only non-conforming women make history. The event is free and open to the public.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she taught for many years, she is the author of numerous articles and essays on early American history.

Ulrich is the author of numerous books, including A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. During her tenure as a MacArthur Fellow, she assisted in the production of a documentary film based on A Midwife’s Tale that aired on the PBS series “The American Experience.” Her latest book, The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth, explores the production and consumption as well as the social meanings of textiles in pre-industrial New England. Based on the study of museum artifacts as well as written documents, it is organized around a series of case studies drawn from each of the New England states.

The lecture is sponsored by the Biever Guest Lecture Series, the Department of History, and the Women’s Resource Center. For more information, contact Nancy Fix Anderson, professor of history at Loyola, at 504-865-2567.