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Distinguished historian to meet with area K-12 teachers during campus visit

RELEASED: Oct. 3, 2011

Kessler-Harris
Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris

EAU CLAIRE — A distinguished labor and women's historian will give presentations to K-12 teachers and to the general public during an October visit to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie distinguished professor of history at Columbia University and president of the Organization of American Historians, will be on campus Oct. 21 as a distinguished lecturer as part of the OAH Distinguished Lecture Program.

Kessler-Harris' lecture, "Gendering Labor History: The Future of the Past," will be based on ideas from her book, "In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America."

The lecture — which is free and open to the public — will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 100 of Schneider Hall. A reception will follow.

In her book, Kessler-Harris traced the history of the policies by which Congress and state governments regulated women's liberty by constraining women's rights to jobs. She then examined the consequences of those policies for gendered relationships in and out of the work force, particularly as they culminated in the regime of protective labor legislation for women only that guided labor law until the New Deal.

On Oct. 22 Kessler-Harris also will meet with the 45 K-12 teaching fellows who are part of UW-Eau Claire's U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Teaching American History's "Constructing Liberty" project. The history department, along with the Chippewa Valley Museum and Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10 in Chippewa Falls, are partners in the statewide teaching and learning history program.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Zorn, Schneider and Hibbard parking lots.

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