We are pleased to announce that registration for A World of Citizens: Women, History, and the Vision of Linda K. Kerber to be held October 5-6 at the University of Iowa is now available. Directions for registering for the symposium and banquet, a provisional program, and a link to the fellowship donation pages can be found here.
The theme of this symposium, “A World of Citizens: Women, History, and the Vision of Linda K. Kerber,” draws on important threads in Linda’s work over the decades of her career, and especially on her moving 2007 AHA Presidential Address, “The Stateless as the Citizen’s Other.” As a scholar of the rights, obligations, and complexities of citizenship; as a member of the generation which brought the study of women’s history into college and university curricula; and as the friend and teacher of another generation of historians, Linda’s influence reaches deep into our profession.
The Symposium will be held at the Old Capitol Senate Chambers on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. On Friday, October 5, the Symposium begins at 9:30 and ends at 4:45; it will be immediately followed by a reception and dinner at the Levitt Center for University Advancement. On Saturday, October 6, the Symposium resumes at 9:00 and ends at 4:15; a closing session and reception will be held at 4:15-6:00 at the Iowa Women’s Archives followed by a reception at Prairie Lights from 6:30-8:30.
If you plan to attend, please follow the link below to the Center for Conferences and scroll down to “A World of Citizens” in the October list of conferences. When you do, you’ll be asked to create a password so that you can register for the symposium, order lunches and your banquet ticket, and indicate your intention to attend the Prairie Lights reception.
The registration deadline for all events is September 15, 2012.
We look forward to seeing you in Iowa City in October!
The Linda K. Kerber Retirement Planning committee:
Mary Kelley, Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Katherine Jellison, Professor of History, Ohio University
Sheila Skemp, Clare Leslie Marquette Chair in American History, University of Mississippi
Terri L. Snyder, Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Barbara Y. Welke, Professor of History and Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Sharon E. Wood, Professor of History, University of Nebraska, Omaha
I made my donation a few months ago–after all, it’s meant to support one of my personal hobby-horses, archival research! Get out your planners and wallets and let’s celebrate the career of one of the greatest working historians. Although I’ve corresponded with Professor Kerber, I’ve never met her myself, something I count among my major regrets in my career so far. (I hope this will change soon enough!)
Do you know Linda Kerber? Have you studied or worked with her? Did one of her books or essays make a mark on your career? For those of you who (like me) won’t be able to be in Iowa City in October, let’s make a digital tribute for her right here.