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Renowned Women’s Historian Nancy Cott to Lecture at FAU

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 2, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of history presents Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, with the lecture “Revisiting the Jazz Age.” The  lecture will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   The event is free and open to the public.

            Cott is one of the world’s most recognizable experts on U.S. women’s history.   She was one of the founding members of the women’s history program at Yale, and is considered an authority on marriage and its relationship to politics and government.   Cott is now exploring the dynamics of modern marriage and the youth culture of the 1920s.   In her historical writings and her most recent book, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, she analyzes the impact of government on the institution of marriage throughout American history.   In the upcoming lecture, Cott will take a new look at the “flaming youth” of the jazz age to consider what was unique about marriage in the 1920s, and how marriage has evolved to what it is today.

.            “Nancy Cott’s work makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about relationships between men and women in this country.   It also challenges you to think differently about marriage and its relationship to the American system of government.   The recent public policy debates surrounding marriage and the impact of these issues on upcoming elections make Professor Cott’s lecture especially timely,” said Kenneth Osgood, associate professor of history at FAU.   “Few experts are better equipped to inject wisdom and historical perspective into the contemporary debate about marriage.   We are pleased to have such a preeminent scholar address these issues now.”

            Along with her position as Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard, Cott is also the Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.   Her books include A Woman Making History: Mary Ritter Beard through Her Letters, The Grounding of Modern Feminism and The Bonds of Womanhood: ‘Woman’s Sphere’ in New England.   Cott has been awarded numerous research fellowships and has lectured extensively abroad.   She was a Fulbright lecturer in Japan and also held the French-American Foundation professorship at the Centre d’etudes nord-americaines, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris.

The lecture, presented by the department of history in FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, is the fourth lecture in the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series. The series was initiated as a tribute to the late John O'Sullivan, a former chair of FAU's history department , who devoted his entire academic career to FAU. Inspired by O'Sullivan's dynamic teaching, several of his former students donated money to initiate a lecture series in his honor.

For further information about the lecture or the series, call 561-297-2764.

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