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Kerber is second UI prof to win national Phi Beta Kappa award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal
Arts and professor of history, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting
Scholar, an honor awarded to only a handful of scholars nationwide each
Kerber is the second UI faculty member to serve in this position. Economics
Professor Diedre McCloskey received the honor in 1993.
As a visiting scholar, Kerber will make a series of visits to several
universities across the country. She will participate in classroom lectures
and seminars, meet informally with faculty and student groups and give
at least one public address at each institution.
The program was started in 1956 to "contribute to the intellectual
life of campuses by making possible an exchange of ideas between visiting
scholars and resident faculty and students," according to the Phi
Beta Kappa national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the past 30
years, more than 350 visiting scholars have made some 3,000 visits to universities
across the country.
Kerber, a past president of the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter, is widely
considered one of the most distinguished historians in the United States.
A pioneer in the area of women's history, she recently was elected to
the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kerber received a doctorate from Columbia University in 1968, and holds
an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. She taught at Yeshiva University,
San Jose State College and Stanford University before becoming an associate
professor in the UI history department in 1971. She became a full professor
in 1975, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.
She taught the first women's history course at the UI in 1972, and co-edited
the major textbook in the field, "Women's America: Refocusing the
Past -- An Anthology," in print for 17 years and soon going into its
Her most recent book, "Towards an Intellectual History of Women:
Linda Kerber," was published by the University of North Carolina
Press earlier this year. She also is the author of "Women of the
Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America," recently
reprinted in paperback. Another book, "No Constitutional Right to
Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship in American History,"
is scheduled to be published next year.
Kerber also has just completed a one-year term as president of the Organization
of American Historians (OAH), the largest learned society devoted to the
study and practice of U.S. history. As OAH president, she has been actively
involved in a number of national issues, including the debate over national
history standards, funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities
and support for the National Historic and Public Records Commission.
For her excellence in teaching, Kerber received the UI Honors Program
Faculty Award in 1996 and the Regents Award of Faculty Excellence in 1993.
In addition, she was a recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities
fellowships in 1976, 1983 and 1994, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1990-91.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Professor Linda K. Kerber can be reached at
the following phone numbers: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, (319)335-4034;
Dept. of History, (319)335-2299 and at (319)351-8446. The best place to
reach her is at the Obermann Center.)