Banning of Islamic head scarves in French schools featured topic in UNI lecture

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Wallace Hettle, UNI associate professor of history, (319) 273-2942
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Symptomatic Politics: Banning Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools' will be the featured topic for the University of Northern Iowa's 32nd Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History. Joan Wallach Scott, the Harold F. Linder Chair in the school of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., will deliver the presentation. The lecture, sponsored by the UNI Department of History and the UNI chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Sabin Hall, Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Scott's research examines modern France and has made major theoretical contributions to the field of women's history by arguing for the importance of gender as a historically viable way of fashioning social relationships. She received her bachelor of arts from Brandeis University and holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina, and Brown University, where she was the founding director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Scott also is the author of many articles and has written and edited numerous books.

The lecture is named in honor of Carl L. Becker, who was born near Reinbeck, Iowa, and received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1907. Becker taught at various universities across the Midwest and East, and was internationally recognized as a progressive thinker, believing that historians with knowledge of the past can use it to solve problems of the present and improve human relations.

The Becker Lecture is supported by the Donald & Aileen Howard Endowment Fund. For more information about the lecture, contact Wallace Hettle, associate professor of history, at (319) 273-2942.