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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Case Speaks on 'Respectability and Southern Women's Education' March 15

SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Sarah Case, assistant professor in Salisbury University’s History Department and director of gender studies at SU, speaks on “Respectability and Southern Women’s Education, 1880-1920” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

Case discusses two Georgia schools-the Lucy Cobb Institute of Athens and Spelman Seminary of Atlanta-in the postwar South. One educated daughters of the southern elite while the other taught daughters of former slaves. However, both were led by female faculty who believed teaching modesty and respectability would provide protection against accusations of immorality for young women venturing into the public sphere.

Case earned her A.B. in history at Brown University in 1991, M.A. in public history at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1995, and Ph.D. in U. S. history and women’s history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2002.  Her current publications and projects include Teaching New South Womanhood: Education, Race, and Region in the Modernizing South, under revision for the University of Georgia Press and "The Historical Ideology of Mildred Lewis Rutherford: A Confederate Historian’s New South Creed" in the August 2002 edition of Journal of Southern History.

Sponsored by the Nabb Research Center, her talk is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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