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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 2, 2005

 Lecture to feature women's history expert

           One of the country's most noted experts on women in the military, history and law will visit The Citadel next week.

           Linda K. Kerber, the May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal
Arts and Sciences and professor of history at the University of Iowa, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in Bond Hall Room 165. Kerber will discuss women's citizenship and military obligation. The lecture, which is sponsored by The Citadel Department of History, is free and open to the public.

           Kerber is the author of several books, including No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (1998) for which she was awarded the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in U.S. legal history and the Joan Kelley Prize for the best book in women's history.

           In her writing and teaching in Iowa's College of Law and the history department, Kerber has emphasized the history of citizenship, gender, and authority. Her teaching has been recognized by the Graduate College Special Recognition/Outstanding Mentor Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts (2001), with the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (1993) and by the Honors Program Faculty Award (1996).

           She has served on many editorial boards and as historical advisor to several museum exhibitions. Kerber is currently on the board of the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. She is an advisory editor to the "Gender and American Culture" series of the University of North Carolina Press, on the editorial board of Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, chairman of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture executive committee and - following her interest in strengthening academic exchange between the United States and Japan - is a member of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, a federal agency.

           A graduate of Columbia University and Grinnell College, Kerber is president elect of the American Historical Association, the country's premier professional association of historians.





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