Historian Karen Halttunen (University of Southern California) will deliver a lecture at Mount Holyoke College on Wednesday, October 30, on “Groundwork: Natural Histories of Place in Thoreau’s New England.” It will begin at 7 p.m. in Kendade Hall, Room 305, and is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Departments of History and Environmental Studies.
Karen Halttunen is a professor of U.S. cultural and intellectual history at the University of Southern California. A past president of the American Studies Association, she is the author of Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870 (1982) and Murder Most Foul: The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination (1998). Her current work is on landscape and antiquity in 19th century New England. Prof. Halttunen holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Huntington Library, American Antiquarian Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, and others. Her essay “Mountain Christenings: Landscape and Memory in Edward Hitchcock’s New England” (in New England Celebrates: Spectacle, Commemoration, and Festivity, ed. Peter Benes, 2002) explores geology, culture, and history in the Connecticut River Valley.
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Assistant Professor of History
Mount Holyoke College