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Release: April 5, 1999
Kerber wins Radcliffe Award for Distinguished Academic
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Kerber, a University of Iowa
professor of history, is the first recipient of the new Radcliffe Award for
Distinguished Academic Scholarship, given by the Radcliffe College Board of
Trustees. She will be honored at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday,
The Radcliffe Award for Distinguished Academic Scholarship
in the broad areas of knowledge related to Women, Gender and Society was established
this year to recognize outstanding scholarship in an intellectual domain where,
historically, Radcliffe has made significant advances. Radcliffe College officials
said the award "reflects the values embodied in Radcliffe's mission and its
commitment to support and enhance the variety of ways in which women contribute
Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts,
said it is fitting for Kerber to be the inaugural recipient of this award.
"Linda Kerber is known nationally and internationally for her pioneering scholarship
in the area of women's history," Maxson said. "She has set a high standard
for scholars who will come after her. I am proud of her scholarly accomplishments
and the recognition she has brought the University of Iowa, the College of
Liberal Arts, and the department of history."
Kerber is a historian of women's rights and women's roles
in American history, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
as well as the Society of American Historians.
As former president of the Organization of American Historians,
Kerber has played an important role in gaining recognition for women historians
and women's history within the discipline. A former Guggenheim fellow and
National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, she has written several books,
including "Toward an Intellectual History of Women," (1997) and "No Constitutional
Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship," (1998).
Kerber is a distinguished international lecturer having
spoken in Tokyo, Stockholm, Berlin, Milan, and Florence and has also lectured
widely in the United States.