UMW History and American Studies is excited and honored to be sponsoring a visit Carol Berkin tomorrow. Our second Talking History of the semester will be with Dr. Berkin at 12:30 PM, in Lee 412. And in addition to Talking History, she will be delivering the James Monroe Museum’s Women’s History Month lecture next week. Her lecture, entitled “There is No Sex in Soul,” will be 7 to 8:30 PM, in Monroe Hall Room 116. This lecture will discuss Judith Sargent Murray, whose Gleaner Essays were among the first defenses of women’s intellectual equality in the new republic.
Dr. Carol Berkin, historian and Presidential Professor of American Colonial and Revolutionary History and Women’s History at Baruch College, specializes in women’s roles in American colonial history. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of 14 books, including Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence (Knopf, 2005); A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution (Harcourt 2002), a 2002 History Book Club Selection awarded the Colonial Dames of America Book Prize in 2004; and Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist (Columbia University Press, 1974), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In addition to teaching and writing, Berkin has been a consultant for many televised historical documentaries appearing on A&E, C-SPAN, History Channel, and PBS. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards recognizing her work as an historian and an educator. Berkin received holds an AB from Barnard College and MA from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, receiving the Bancroft Award for Outstanding Dissertation.