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March 5, 1994

Ellen Chesler To Deliver Goldman Lecture

The second Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lecture on American Civilization and Government will be presented at the Library of Congress by Ellen Chesler, author of Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America (Simon & Schuster, 1992, and Anchor Books, 1993). The lecture, "Century of Women: Balancing Rights and Needs," will be given on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. Ms. Chesler will be introduced by Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services. No tickets are required.

The Goldman Memorial Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Eric F. Goldman, who taught at Princeton University. Established last year, the series fulfills Mr. Goldman's desire to honor the memory of his wife, Joanna Jackson Goldman. Each year an individual is selected on the basis of his or her high achievement and literary skill to deliver a lecture at the Library on a significant issue facing American democracy. The lectures are derived from larger manuscripts designed for publication in a series by the Harvard University Press. Lecturers receive an honorarium of $10,000.

The series is intended to foster consideration of American culture and customs, economic and social issues, international relations, government and public policy. The lecture series will allow "a long-term assessment of some aspect of the American experience here in the nation's capital by stimulating provocative and thoughtful commentary and debate on issues of importance to public policy," according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

An honors graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Chesler earned her master's and doctoral degrees in history at Columbia University. She has taught history and women's studies at Barnard College and Hunter College of the City University of New York. Currently a fellow of the Twentieth Century Fund in New York, she has written articles and book reviews for many publications. Her book Woman of Valor received the Martha Albrand citation for a distinguished first work of nonfiction from the American Center of PEN, the international writer's organization. She is just beginning a new biography of the feminist Betty Friedan.

The selection of the annual Goldman lecturer is made by the Librarian of Congress from a group of nominees suggested by members of the Library's Council of Scholars and three representatives of the Goldman estate: Allen D. Porter, a lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey, Daniel J. Kevles, The J.O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of the Humanities California Institute of Technology, and Dr. Aida D. Donald, editor-in-chief, Harvard University Press.

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PR 94-044
ISSN 0731-3527

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