Free Leads Talk at National Park

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013

HWS Associate Professor of History and Chair of Women's Studies Laura Free will present a talk about suffragist leader and feminist thinker called "Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Racist?" on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Guntzel Theatre at the Women's Rights Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

The talk is the second in a series titled "Sentiments & Declarations" of discussions coordinated by Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Women's Rights National Historical Park. The series was created to generate discussion about the issues surrounding women's rights, and covers topics ranging from suffrage to nuclear disaster.

Free's lecture will focus on feminist thinker Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and deal directly with the question of Stanton's lack of racial tolerance. The lecture will explore various historians' view on this subject, as well as consider the overt racism in the 1860s political life in which Stanton was trying to participate.

All of the lectures in the series are open to the public, and held once a month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Guntzel Theatre at the Women's Rights National Historical Park on Fall Street.

The remaining schedule for the fall and spring lectures follows:

Thursday, Nov. 21: "Coping with Contamination: A Feminist Look at Post-Disaster Fukushima" by Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Jessica Hayes-Conroy.

Thursday, Feb. 20: "Meet N'Zingha, queen of Angola (1583-1663): ruler, soldier, cannibal, legend," Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouet.

Thursday, March 27: "Eternal Novices? Professionalism and American Women Monastic Composers" by Assistant Professor of Music Charity Lofthouse.

Thursday, April 24: "Why feminists care about funerals: the politics of public mourning," by Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Michelle Martin-Baron.

Events are co-sponsored by the Women's Rights National Historical Park and the Women's Studies, Office of the President, and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With the support of HWS Student Affairs, buses will provide transportation from campus to the "Sentiments & Declarations" lectures. Those who would like a ride should contact Tina Smaldone ( 




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