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Friends of History will host a free lecture and tea reception for Queen's University chair Catherine Clinton, Phd, who will talk about her latest biography
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 7:00pm

Friends of History will host a free lecture and tea reception for Queen's University chair Catherine Clinton, Phd, who will talk about her latest biography: "Mrs Lincoln: A Life" on Tuesday, March 31 at PSU. Mary Todd Lincoln was an ambitious, brilliant and outspoken daughter of the South, the loving wife of the 16th President and eyewitness to more tragedies than the Greek amphitheater at Ephesus. Find out more about the life and times of Mary Todd Lincoln at this special event taking place in Cramer Hall Room 447 starting at 7:00pm and cosponsored by the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Professor Clinton was born in Seattle and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Harvard University (Lowell House) with a joint degree in Sociology and Afro-American Studies in 1973. She won the Isobel Briggs Traveling Fellowship from Radcliffe College and went to England, receiving her M.A. in American Studies from the University of Sussex in 1974, She then earned her doctorate in history from Princeton in 1980, completing her dissertation on the role of the plantation mistress from 1780-1835 under the direction of James M. McPherson.

In 1988 she left the history department at Harvard to teach in the Department of American Studies at Brandeis University, and also taught African-American literature in the Department of English at Brown University. Dr. Clinton has written for the History Channel, consulted on projects for WGBH, and is a member of the Screen Writer's Guild. From the fall of 1999 until May 2001 she held the Weissman Visiting Chair of History at Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2001-2002 Clinton held the Mark Clark Chair of History at the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina and in 2003-2004, she was a visiting professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

After Clinton published her biography Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom in 2004 to much acclaim, she accepted a permanent chair in U.S. history at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she continues to live and teach.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
WHERE: PSU Cramer Hall, Room 447 (Hoffman Library)
1721 SW Broadway
TIME: 7:00pm reception and tea. 7:30 Lecture
COST: Free and open to the public
INFO: PSU History department (503)725-5473