Join us for 2nd Annual Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture featuring
“Reading Women’s Bodies in Nineteenth Century America”
Lecture: 7:30 p.m, Learning Center, LC-28 – Open to the Drew community and general public
Shirley Samuels teaches at Cornell University in English and American Studies. She has also chaired The History of Art and Visual Studies Department and been director of Women’s Studies at Cornell. Her books include Reading the American Novel 1780-1865 (2012); Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War (2004); and Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation (1996). She has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln (2012); The Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2004); and The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America (1992). Professor Samuels received her Ph.D. from UC, Berkeley. In addition to Cornell, she has taught at Princeton University, Brandeis University, and the University of Delaware.
Merrill Maguire Skaggs (1937-2008) first came to Drew in the 1960’s and spent the next four decades as a teacher, scholar, and administrator of extraordinary perception, passion and generosity. Her enthusiasm for students and scholarship earned her the Will Herberg Distinguished Professor Award in 1984 and the Baldwin Professor of Humanities which she held from 1992 until retiring in 2008. In 1986, Merrill was tapped to serve as the Dean of the (then) Graduate School, a position she held until 1992. Under her leadership the school flourished, growing in enrollment, resources and curriculum.
About the Series
The Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture Series was endowed in 2011 by friends, colleagues, students, and family members of Merrill Maguire Skaggs, former Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Dean of Graduate School at Drew University, to honor her legacy and memory. The series hosts distinguished visiting scholars and lecturers with expertise in the literature and ideas that Professor Skaggs taught and loved throughout her life, including American Studies and American Literature.