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Noted Professor's "Reflections on History and Fiction"
Oct. 14th, Alexander Library

Suzanne Lebsock
Rutgers University Board of Governors Professor of History Suzanne Lebsock.

Suzanne Lebsock, noted scholar of women's history and Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers, will give the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis's inaugural lecture on Tuesday, October 14, 2003.

Her talk, "Reflections on History and Fiction," details her experience writing an in-depth, historical account in the style of a modern novel, which resulted in her new book, A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial (New York: W.W. Norton & Company). The flagship event for the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) will take place in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at the Alexander Library at 4:30 pm and is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries.

Regarded as one of the foremost figures in American women's history, Lebsock has authored or co-authored four books, including The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1984), which won the Bancroft and Berkshire Conference Prizes, and "A Share of Honour:" Virginia Women, 1600- 1945 (Richmond: Virginia Women's Cultural History Project, 1984).

Her latest work, A Murder in Virginia, recounts the unsolved killing of a white woman in 1895. The book, which has been described as an engrossing non-fiction historical analysis that reads like a mystery novel, has been enthusiastically received by both the academic community and the general reading public.

During her 26-year career, Lebsock has earned a number of awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Lebsock taught at Rutgers from 1977 to 1993 and was the acting director of Women's Studies from 1986-1987. Her husband is Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick.

Image of book front cover from W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Posted September 10, 2003