FRIDAY MARCH 1st: Opening Night & Keynote Speaker ALICE KESSLER-HARRIS

Friday March 1, 2013

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration in Heimbold Lobby — Pick up your conference materials and mingle with other passionate women’s historians!

6:00 p.m. HEIMBOLD AUDITORIUM: THE MAIN EVENT!

Welcome Address: Rona Holub, Director, Women’s History Graduate Program, Sarah Lawrence College

Keynote Address: Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University

Alice Kessler-Harris, distinguished professor of history and keynote speaker at the conference's opening event on Friday March 1st at 6 PM.

Alice Kessler-Harris, distinguished professor of history and keynote speaker at the conference’s opening event on Friday March 1st at 6 PM.

Alice Kessler-Harris earned her PhD from Rutgers in 1968. She is the author of numerous women’s labor histories including Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982) and Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview (1981). She is a pioneer in her field and a beloved professor; she currently teaches at Columbia University and is the R. Gordon Hoxie professor of American History there. She has recently published a book called A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman. We are so privileged and honored to host her at our Women’s History conference in honor of Amy Swerdlow and Gerda Lerner, two close colleagues and friends of Dr. Kessler-Harris’. 

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8:00 p.m.

Reception: Slonim Living Room

We look forward to seeing you there for this inspiring opening program!

Gerda Lerner, 1920-2013

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Gerda Lerner, former Sarah Lawrence professor and co-founder of the women’s history graduate program, the nation’s first, died on Jan. 2, 2013 at the age of 92. In addition to her work at Sarah Lawrence, Lerner founded the nation’s first doctorate program in women’s history at University of Wisconsin, Madison, was the author of many scholarly works, including “The Creation of Patriarchy” (1986) and “The Creation of Feminist Consciousness” (1997), and became one of the early female presidents of the Organization of American Historians.

The New York Times chronicled Lerner’s life in an obituary, published today.

A list of Lerner’s publications: 

Books:

  • No Farewell (1955) an autobiographical novel
  • The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Rebels against Authority (1967)
  • The Woman in American History [ed.] (1971)
  • The Female Experience: An American Documentary (1976)
  • A Death of One’s Own (1978/2006)
  • The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (1979)
  • Teaching Women’s History (1981)
  • Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey (1982)
  • The Creation of Patriarchy (1986)
  • The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-seventy (1994)
  • Scholarship in Women’s History Rediscovered & New (1994)
  • Why History Matters (1997)
  • Fireweed: A Political Autobiography (2002)

Musical:

Screenplays:

  • Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom (1957)
  • Black Like Me (1964)
  • Home for Easter (n.d.)

The staff here at Re/Visionist and the members of the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College honor this formidable woman, and as we consider ways to formally pay homage to her life and work, we encourage you to contribute ideas, thoughts, and inspirations you might have.

Thank you, Gerda Lerner. Your life’s work is eternal and immeasurable in value and power.

Emilie Egger, Emma Staffaroni, Katy Gehred