Location: 338 Smith Center, PSU
ACCLAIMED WESTERN SCHOLAR TO DELIVER THE GORDON B
DODDS ENDOWED LECTURE in AMERICAN HISTORY at PSU on March 8, 2007.
Published author and historian Virginia Scharff, PhD will address the topic "Home Lands: How Women Made the West" for the PSU Friends of History's 19th Annual Endowed Lecture to be presented on Thursday, March 8 in 338 Smith Center starting at 7:30pm.
Dr. Scharff is an associate professor of History at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and for the past 17 years has been teaching courses ranging from freshman US survey courses to graduate seminars. Her expertise covers the fields of womens' history, the American West, social and environmental history. Dr. Scharff also serves as the director of the Center for the Southwest, which is located at the University of New Mexico. She is the chair for Women of the West , at the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
When Professor Scharff was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians in 2004, Mary Jane Slaughter, the UNM chair of the history department was quoted as saying that "Virginia is deserving of this honor. Her publications are outstanding." Professor Scharff was the Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Research Fellow at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. She has served as a consultant on numerous television documentaries including the nationally broadcast "Biography of America" a televised course on U.S. History.
Her publications include Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age(1991); Present Tense: The United States Since 1945 (1996); The Coming of Age: America in the 20th Century (1998); and "Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement and the West" (2003). Scharff was the editor of Seeing Nature Through Gender; (2003).
Over the last 19 years the Friends of History's Endowed Lecture series has enabled the History
department to bring distinguished speakers to the Portland State University campus, giving students,
faculty and the general public the opportunity to interact with important scholars and professionals
across the broad spectrum of historical academia and to foster innovations in our own research and
The Endowed Lecture is free and open to the public. As part of the program, Dr. Scharff will also talk about her western mystery writings at the dinner preceding the Endowed Lecture.Dinner tickets can be purchased through the History Department for $35 each, and more information is available through Jeff Brown at (503)725-3917.