A Historical Symposium in Honor of Lynn D. Gordon
October 20, 2012
On October 20, 2012 the Department of History will celebrate the life of the late Professor Lynn Gordon with a symposium in her honor titled "Women, Professions, and Politics." The symposium will feature three panels moderated by faculty from the History Department. At 11am on the following day, October 21, a memorial service will take place at the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel. Family and friends are invited to attend. Information about the symposium can be accessed here. You may continue reading if you would like to learn more about the life and many contributions of Professor Gordon.
A 1968 graduate of Barnard College, Lynn Gordon earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago and taught at Bowdoin College, Northern Illinois University, and Princeton University before joining the faculty of the Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Education in 1983. Six years later, she joined the UR College faculty and began to teach a wide variety of courses ranging from American Women’s History to American Foreign Relations, the History of American Education, Modern Jewish History, and Gender, Nationalism, and Ethnic Conflict in Europe. A founding member of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Studies and a former President of the History of Education Society, she was also an active serving member of the Spencer Foundation, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the American Educational Research Association, the American Studies Association, and the Organization of American Historians. She was the author of Gender and Higher Education in the Progressive Era (Yale University Press, 1990), and at the time of her death was completing a major biography of the American journalist Dorothy Thompson. Today’s symposium is a tribute mainly to her graduate teaching. Advisor to many masters and doctoral students in the field of American women’s history, she guided them through the graduate program with exceptional care and dedication. Their work is an important part of her scholarly legacy.