Pulitzer Prize winner to deliver Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture


Pulitzer Prize-winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor of history atHarvardUniversity, will deliver the Provosts Distinguished Womens Lecture at4:30 p.m.March 29 (Wednesday) in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The title of Ulrichs lecture,Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History,is a phrase she coined in an article she wrote as a graduate student. It is now found on bumper stickers, coffee mugs and t-shirts throughout the country and also is the title of her forthcoming book.

An expert on early American social history, womens history and material culture, Ulrich – Harvards James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History and University Professor – is the author ofA Midwifes Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1991 and was the basis of a PBS documentary.She also wroteGood Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750andThe Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth.

The Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture Series encourages innovative forms of interaction between highly regarded women visitors and Notre Dame faculty, students and administration.Ulrichs visit coincides with womens history month and is sponsored by the Departments of History and American studies, the Gender Studies Program and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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