Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History and chair of Columbia's Department of History, will give the University Lecture this year. The lecture, titled "Add Women and Stir," will be held 8 p.m. Monday, April 19,in Low Library's Rotunda. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Kessler-Harris specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. She received her B.A. from Goucher College in 1961 and her Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1968. Her published works include "Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview" (1981); "Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States" (1982); and "A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences" (1990). Professor Kessler-Harris is co-editor of "Protecting Women: Labor Legislation in Europe, Australia, and the United States, 1880-1920" (1995) and "U.S. History as Women's History" (1995).
Her newest book, "In Pursuit of Equity: How Gender Shaped American Economic Citizenship," exploring gender and 20th-century U.S. social policies, has won several awards, including the Joan Kelly, Peter Taft and Bancroft.
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