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Pulitzer Prize-winner to deliver Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecture

Author: Arts and Letters


Pulitzer Prize-winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor of history at Harvard University, will deliver the Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture at 4:30p.m. March 29 (Wednesday) in McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The title of Ulrich’s lecture, “Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History,” is a phrase she coined in an article she wrote as a graduate student. It is now found on bumper stickers, coffee mugs and t-shirts throughout the country and also is the title of her forthcoming book.

An expert on early American social history, women’s history and material culture, Ulrich – Harvard’s James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History and University Professor – is the author of “A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1991 and was the basis of a PBS documentary. She also wrote “Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750” and “The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth.”

The Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture Series encourages innovative forms of interaction between highly regarded women visitors and Notre Dame faculty, students and administration. Ulrich’s visit coincides with women’s history month and is sponsored by the Departments of History and American studies, the Gender Studies Program and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on March 16, 2006.