DeVane Lectures Relocated to SSS Building

The DeVane Lecture Series, “Marriage: Thought, Practice and Politics over Two Centuries in the U.S.,” has been moved to Room 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets, for the remainder of the academic year. The lectures by Nancy F. Cott, the Woodward Professor of History and American Studies, take place on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. The lectures are open to the public free of charge.

Future lecture topics will be:

Feb. 4 – “Utopian, Communitarian, and Free Love Alternatives in the Antebellum Era.”

Feb. 11 – “The Place of Marriage in Woman’s Rights Activism in the 19th Century.”

Feb. 18 – “The Divided and Reconstructed Union: Models and Metaphors of Marriage after the Civil War.”

March 4 – “Across the Color Line: Public Policies toward Cross-Racial Marriage.”

March 25 – “Immigration and the American Way of Marriage.”

March 31 (Tuesday) – “Marriage in the Modern Manner: the 1920s.”

April 8 – “Marital Roles and Economic Crisis: Provider and Consumer during the Depression.”

April 15 – “Haven in a Heartless World: the Postwar Family.”

April 22 – “Marriage Scorned and Reborn: Getting Past the 1970s.”

The DeVane Lectures were established in 1969 as part of the DeVane Professorship, a position created in honor of William Clyde DeVane, dean of Yale College 1939-63. Cott was selected for the honor this academic year. As described in Yale College Programs of Study, the professorship “provides an opportunity for a scholar to work beyond the boundaries of a particular specialty or department and to transmit the excitement of that study to colleagues and students in other fields.” The lecture series is offered jointly by the history and American studies departments.

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