Smith College's Helen Horowitz Will Give the 2014 Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures

Feb. 14, 2014
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WACO Texas (Feb. 14, 2014) - Helen Horowitz, Ph.D., The Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor, emerita, at Smith College in Massachusetts, will present two lectures as part of the 2014 Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures at Baylor University.

Horowitz will present "Why Were They Ill? Thinking About the Mind and Body in 19th Century America" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. She will present "The Yellow Wallpaper and the Case of Charlotte Perkins Gilman" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The lectures, sponsored by the department of history, are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview, Texas, to honor his father, Charles S. B. Edmondson. They are designed to give historical perspectives to national and international affairs by outstanding historians.

"These lectures provide historical background for understanding how we view some of the most significant experiences in our life today: the relationship between men and women and also physical and mental disorders," said Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

"The interdisciplinary nature of these lectures mean that they will appeal to a wide variety of members of the Baylor community, particularly those with interests in history, literature, psychology and medicine, among other fields," she said.

Horowitz is the author of numerous books, including "Rereading Sex: Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America," which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in History and the winner of the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled, "A Taste for Provence."

Both lectures will be held in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth Street.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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