This conference will explore some of the many women's voices in Ok, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness, an exhibition highlighting selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection of Women in the American Wilderness. The keynote speaker on Thursday evening will be Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard). Speakers for Friday's conference include Suzanne Bordelon (San Diego State), Joan DeJean (Penn), Tina Gianquitto (Colorado School of Mines), Ellen Handy (CCNY, CUNY), Melissa Homestead (Nebraska), Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard), Renée Laegreid (Wyoming), William Wierzbowski (Penn), Lucy Fowler Williams (Penn), and David Wrobel (Oklahoma). A roundtable discussion with Caroline Schimmel, Cathleen Cahill (Penn State University), Katharine Hunter (Daniel Crouch Rare Books; Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla), and Regan Kladstrup (Penn) will conclude the conference.
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