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Third Thursday: The Graphic Reach of Emma Willard

Third Thursday Lecture Series

This monthly series featuring Vermont scholars will cover new research and ideas about the Green Mountain State.

March 18, 2021: The Graphic Reach of Emma Willard. With Susan Schulten.

Emma Willard remains one of the best known and most influential educators of the nineteenth century. Preceptress at Middlebury Female Academy as a teenager, she went on to found the Troy Female Seminary and produce bestselling textbooks from the 1820s to the 1850s. Join us for an exploration of Willard’s visual and graphic influence, focusing on her own education as well as her role in reaching generations thereafter.

Susan Schulten is professor and chair of the history department at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of A History of America in 100 Maps, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950.

Professor Schulten earned her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research on maps. In 2013 the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association awarded Mapping the Nation the Hundley Prize for the most distinguished work of history written by a scholar in the American or Canadian west. Since 2010 she has contributed to the "Disunion" series in the New York Times, which commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

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