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19th Century U.S. Women and Gender Historian to Present at CSUB History Forum

The CSU Bakersfield History Department is delighted to announce Dr. Patricia Cline Cohen as its Spring 2013 History Forum speaker. Dr. Cohen will speak on Friday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.  The event is free and open to the public, however regular parking fees apply.

Cohen’s talk entitled “Rethinking Traditional Marriage in 19th-century America: The Marriage Reform Movement of the 1850s,” will deal with the reconstruction of three challenges to the dominance of husbands in marriages that occurred during the 1850 time period: a move for relaxing divorce laws, a push to gain economic rights for wives and a bid to untie unions of couples from any state regulation.

Dr. Cohen, a UC Santa Barbara Professor of History and President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is known for her specialties in U.S. women’s history and colonial America. She is best known for her book, “The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth Century New York.”  Her most recent research focuses on the topic of “free love” in the 19th century.

“Dr. Cohen's cutting-edge scholarship challenges us to think about not only the ways in which laws governing marriage have changed over time, but about how the American people have sought to change them,” said CSUB Associate Professor of History, Alicia Rodriquez. “Professor Cohen, a significant historian in her field and a dynamic speaker whose teaching and scholarship have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, will no doubt deliver an engaging, provocative lecture.”

The forum is co-sponsored by the Walter Stiern Library and is supported with funds from Instructionally Related Activities.

For more information on about the event, please contact the history department at 661-654-3079.

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