Mary Beth Norton, a world-renowned scholar on women's history and early American history and a Pultizer Prize finalist, will speak on “Salem Witchcraft: Myth and Reality” next week.
The William Smith Centennial Programming Committee, in conjunction with the Department of History and the Office of the Provost, will host her talk beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in the library's Geneva Room. The Mary Donlon Alger Professor of History at Cornell University, she will speak on campus as part of the William Smith College Centennial, 1908-2008.
Norton has written “The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England 1774-1789” (1972); “Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women 1750-1800” (1980 and 1996); and “Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society” (1996), which was one of three books named as finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History.
She is a co-author of a widely used introductory college American history text, “A People and a Nation,” and has edited a number of anthologies on early United States and women's history. Norton holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her master's and Ph.D. from Harvard.
The Centennial of William Smith College kicked off on Founder's Day in December 2006, marking 100 years since the deed of gift established the College, which opened two years later with 18 students in the charter class. The centennial celebration will continue through December 2008 with a variety of speakers and performances.