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“The Women Jefferson Loved” Author to Speak at UW

March 26, 2012

Virginia Scharff, historian and author of "The Women Jefferson Loved," will give the Women's History Month keynote talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room 310 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

The memorial lecture honors longtime UW faculty member Katherine Jensen, who died in 2010. She was a distinguished professor emerita in gender and women's studies, as well as one of the program's co-founders and former directors.

Scharff is a distinguished professor of history and director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. Her most recent book, "The Women Jefferson Loved," was named a "New York Times Editors Choice." She puts Jefferson's free and slave families into the same story and reveals how Jefferson's love for women shaped his ideas, achievements and legacies.

Other scholarly publications Scharff has written are "Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age" (1991); "Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the West" (2003); two textbooks, "Present Tense: The United States Since 1945" (1996); and "Coming of Age: America in the Twentieth Century" (1998); and the edited volume, "Seeing Through Gender" (2003).

The event is sponsored by Gender and Women's Studies, Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Alumni Association, the Department of History and MFA Creative Writing Program.

Women's History Month will feature author and keynote speaker Virginia Scharff, who wrote "The Women Jefferson Loved," at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room 310 of the Classroom Building.

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