Baylor Lecture March 25 to Focus on Women in Theatre

March 6, 1997

by Alan Hunt

Dr. Faye E. Dudden, professor of history at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., will discuss the role of women in the American theater during a National Women's History Month presentation at Baylor University on Tuesday, March 25.

Her talk, "Actresses and Audiences: Women in the American Theatre, 1790-1870," will be presented at 4 p.m. in the Jones Theater at Baylor's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Dudden has authored several books and articles on the role of women in 19th- and 20th-century America. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award for the best book published on theater in 1994.

Autographed copies of her award-winning book, "Women in the American Theatre: Actresses and Audiences, 1790-1870," published by Yale University Press, will be available for purchase at the talk.

A cum laude graduate of Cornell University, Dudden received a Ph.D. in American social and cultural history from the University of Rochester in 1981. She joined the faculty of the department of history at Union College in 1983. Previously, she served as a visiting professor at Cornell University and the University of Miami.

Her talk is sponsored by the Baylor University Lecturers Committee, Office of Student Life, Department of History, Institute for Oral History, American Studies, Gender Studies, and Baylor Women's League.

For more information, call Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, assistant professor of history, at


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