March 8, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Notable Women Discussed at Shawnee State University
As part of the celebration of Women’s History Month, Dr.
Bari Watkins will be giving a lecture "Yes, We Did: American
Women and Social Reform, 1870-1940” at 4:00 p.m. on March 16
in Room 215 of the University Center. The presentation will
feature discussions of several notable women including
Frances Willard and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the role they
played in American social reform. Dr. Watkins is a historian
from Ohio University Lancaster.
earned her bachelor’s degree at Rice University and her
Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. at Yale University. She
teaches American social and cultural history, American
women’s history, and American colonial history on the
Lancaster Campus. Watkins began her career in the History
Department at Northwestern University, where she founded the
Women’s Studies program and served as director of a research
center on women’s issues.
more than 20 years in academic administration as dean of the
faculty and chief academic officer at three liberal arts
colleges and as dean of the Ohio University Lancaster
returned to full-time classroom teaching in 2004. In her
years in administration, she published and presented
primarily on innovation in the undergraduate core curriculum
and on the impact of feminist research on the academic
disciplines, often at national meetings of the American
Association of Colleges and Universities.
participated in the Harvard University Institute for
Educational Management in 1996. Watkins served on the board
and as chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans.
Her emerging research interests are in food history and food
studies in twentieth century America.
is free and the public is invited. For more information on
"Yes, We Did: American Women and Social Reform, 1870-1940,”
call the Women’s Center at (740) 351-3738.