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Julia Ward Howe, the Travel Book, and the Public Lectern

CFTH Guest Lecture by Gary Williams

Monday, October 14, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gary Williams is a professor of American Studies and Chair of English at the University of Idaho. In 2007, he was selected as the university’s first Distinguished Humanities Professor. His extensive research on the life and work of 19th-century American writer, editor, and social reformer Julia Ward Howe have revealed fascinating perspectives of the complex woman most famous for penning the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  

Williams’s publications include Hungry Heart: The Literary Emergence of Julia Ward Howe, a literary biography that examines Howe’s early writing within the context of her fraught marriage to fellow abolitionist Samuel Gridley Howe, and The Hermaphrodite, a reconstruction of Howe’s remarkable “Laurence manuscript”—a tale of sexual ambiguity and alienation written in the 1840’s and unpublished for 150 years.

Join us on Monday, October 14th at the Autzen House to hear Williams discuss the connections among Howe's travel writing, her sense of civic responsibility, and her oratorical skills. A wine reception will immediately follow.

Autzen House (campus map)
811 Jefferson Ave.
Joy Futrell
joy.futrell at oregonstate.edu
Center for the Humanities
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