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Thursday, June 19, 2003
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Biographical Interpretations at Historic Sites, On Stage, and In
Virginia Yans is a professor of history and former chair of women’s
studies at Rutgers University, where she has taught since 1978.
She is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including
Family and Community: Italian Immigrants in Buffalo, 1880-1930,
Immigration Reconsidered: History, Sociology, and Politics,
and Ellis Island and the Peopling of America: The Official Guide.
Her documentary film, Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed,
aired on PBS television in 1996 and continues to be broadcast around
the world. Yans is currently working on a biography of Mead and
was an advisor to the Library of Congress on its recent exhibition
Margaret Mead: Human Nature and the Power of Culture. She
is the recipient of numerous fellowships and serves on various public
history boards, including the advisory boards for the Museum of
Women and Learning Center, now being planned for lower Manhattan,
and the Sewall-Belmont House, home of the National Woman’s
Party, in Washington, D.C. In fall 2003, Yans will begin a two-year
study at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis on the history
of single persons.