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CCWgH Lecture: Nancy Cott, November 4th

The UC Davis Cross-Cultural Women’s and gender History Program is pleased to welcome Nancy F. Cott as this year’s guest lecturer for the annual Nathalie Esteban Collin Memorial Lecture on November 4, 2015. This event will take place in the Andrews Conference Room (SSH 2203) from 4-5:30 PM with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Nancy F. Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University. Her scholarly work focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, feminism, legal history, social movements, and citizenship in the U.S. from the early republic to the 20th century. Published in 2002, her seminal book, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, disavows us of the common notion that marriage in American history was a matter between two people. Marriage, she argues, has always been a public institution. From tenets of British Common law in the early Republic, to contestations with Native Americans and emancipated slaves, and to the policies of the New Deal, Cott demonstrates how the federal government, legislators, and jurists have excluded and encouraged certain forms of marriage to form particular notions of citizenship and nation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; the Department of Native American Studies; the Davis Humanities Institute; the American Studies Program; and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.