Women Writing Women's Lives: The Dorothy O. Helly Lecture

MAR 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 10, 2014: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM






Women Writing Women’s Lives: The Dorothy O. Helly Lecture: "Grace Harriet Macurdy (1866-1946): Pioneering Feminist Scholar”

Barbara F. McManus, Professor of Classics Emerita, The College of New Rochelle, will deliver the spring 2014 Women Writing Women's Lives Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress lecture. Grace Macurdy, Professor of Greek at Vassar College from 1893 to 1937, rose from a poverty-stricken childhood to become the first woman to win international recognition as a professional classicist and the first to focus her scholarship on ancient women. This presentation will explore the challenges of writing a biography of a woman who is relatively little known today but whose engrossing life story illuminates significant issues such as the opening of higher education to women, the erosion of gender and class barriers in the professions, the overcoming of disability, the delicate balancing act between personal and professional life required of women, the fissures and strains in female solidarity, and the sometimes vicious back-room battles among academics.

The program is free and open to the public; cosponsors are the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the Graduate Center's PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, Center for the Study of Women and Society, and Center for the Humanities.