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Humanities Center Public Lecture: Laurel Ulrich

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is the creator of an aphorism that has become a fixture of bumper stickers and T-shirts: "Well-behaved women seldom make history." Ulrich has helped to reshape historical scholarship, using commonplace artifacts as rich sources for investigation and giving voice to women in early America whom historians traditionally overlooked. A Midwife's Tale, the 1991 book for which she won the Pulitzer, used a long-ignored diary for a compelling new kind of historical storytelling. It was the first book of women's history to win the prize. Ulrich’s newest book, A House Full of Females, is on Mormonism and the history of plural marriage.  Read more about Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich will present “Curiosities: History in Odd Things,” part of the Humanities Center’s Public Lecture Series—this year on the theme of memory and forgetting. 

She'll also take part in “The Future(s) of Microhistory: A Symposium,” one of this year’s Humanities Projects. She’ll deliver the keynote lecture, “Reflections on Writing A Midwife’s Tale,” on November 17 at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room at Rush Rhees Library. The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Students


literary arts

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