Dr. Maxine Margolis will present "As Time Goes By: Changing Roles in the United
Randolph-Macon College will host a lecture by Dr. Maxine Margolis, titled “As Time
Goes By: Women’s Changing Roles in the United States,” on Wednesday, November 4,
2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Washington-Franklin Hall.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is the first in an interdisciplinary
series, “Working Girls,” which is sponsored by CASE (Committee on Assemblies and
Special Events) and the Randolph-Macon College history, art history, sociology and
anthropology, and women’s studies departments. Margolis’ lecture is presented in
conjunction with the course Introduction to Women's Studies, taught by
R-MC Professor Debra Rodman, Ph.D. (sociology and anthropology, and women’s studies).
Margolis, who analyzes the changes in American attitudes toward women throughout
history, is Professor Emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida and adjunct
senior research scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia
University. She was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
in 2009. Margolis will also be speaking to Rodman’s Peoples of Latin America
class and to the students in Introduction to Theory and Method in the Study of Culture,
taught by Professor Brian Turner, Ph.D. (political science). She will discuss her
research on Brazilian immigration and her book, An Invisible Minority: Brazilians
in New York City.
Margolis’ areas of research interest include transnational migration, women’s roles
in the U.S. and gender roles cross-culturally. She is a recipient of grants and
scholarships from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation,
and others. She has been a professor at the University of Florida since 1984 and
earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from New York University and her Ph.D.
in anthropology from Columbia University.
The second “Working Girls” lecture will take place on March 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. in
the Topping Room of Old Chapel. Jennifer Scanlon, professor of gender and women’s
studies at Bowdoin College, will discuss her book, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The
Life of Helen Gurley Brown.