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When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 6 PM, CSWGS is pleased to present a Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health and Well-being by cultural historian Lori Rotskoff. The lecture will take place in McMurtry Auditorium of Duncan Hall on the Rice University campus. More information about the venue is provided below. 

While this lecture is free and open to the public, seating is limited. Reserve your seat today.

CSWGS is also pleased to honor the recipient of this year's Outstanding Alumna award and recognize our Partners of the Center, whose support helps make our work possible.

Debuting in 1972, this ground-breaking children's record, book, and television special captured the spirit of the growing women's movement, inspiring girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation, and respect diversity. Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, When We Were Free to Be gives an unprecedented insiders' view by the creators, activists, and educators who changed the landscape of childhood, and Free to Be still speaks to families today.

GWLS Lori RotskoffLori Rotskoff is a cultural historian, writer, educator, and public speaker specializing in childhood and youth, women's and gender studies, family issues, and arts and culture. Rotskoff has taught undergraduates at Yale and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently offers seminar classes for adults at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is co-editor, with Laura L. Lovett, of the anthology When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Her previous book, Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War II America (2002) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine and the American Library Association. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Women's Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, The Huffington Post, Reviews in American History, and the Journal of American History

GWLS Rotskoff Book CoverCSWGS is delighted to present this lecture in collaboration with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair. This program is also made possible by Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron Sponsors Leah Stolar, and Sherry and Gerald Merfish. Books provided courtesy of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair.

Convenient paid parking is available for our off campus guests in the Founders Court Visitors Lot, most accessible from campus entrances 1 and 2 off Main Street. The lot is credit card entry. Additional parking is available in the Central Campus Parking Garage, with shuttle service to Duncan Hall on the Inner Loop bus. A map of the campus is available at rice.edu/maps.

We advise arriving early to allow time for parking; McMurtry Auditorium will open for seating at 5:30 PM.  The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session and a reception in Martel Hall.  Please refrain from videotaping or photography during the lecture.