August 10, 2004 Classics Professor Kristina Milnor to Present "Barbie" Lecture

How History of Women Though the Ages Is Reflected in a Doll

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The Library of Congress' Humanities and Social Sciences Division presents a free lecture, "Barbie as Grecian Goddess and Egyptian Queen: Women's History by Mattel," at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the third floor Mary Pickford Theater of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is open to the public; no reservations are necessary.

Kristina Milnor, Ph.D., assistant professor of classics at Barnard College, will give an illustrated lecture on the history of women as exemplified by a Barbie doll. Milnor will discuss Barbie's representations of women through the ages as shown in the "Great Eras Collection" produced by Mattel between 1993 and 1997.

Milnor graduated from Wesleyan University in 1992. She went on to the University of Michigan, where she earned a graduate certificate in women's studies in 1997 and a Ph.D. in classical studies in 1998. Milnor has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a 2003-2004 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She is the author of numerous articles and a soon-to-be-published book, "Inventing Private Life: Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus" (Oxford University Press). Her current projects include a book about the graffiti of ancient Pompeii.


PR 04-137
ISSN 0731-3527